Friday, November 23, 2007

Further Up The Road!

In order to reduce the pain I have a few more surgeries to go. I am not scared for either of them as they have both been fully explained by my medical team. One surgery is on November 29th which is the Laparatomy to reduce the abundance of adhesions. My Bladder and Uterus are stuck to my pubic bone thus when the bladder gets full it pulls on that pubic bone. While the Doctor is in there he will clean out my uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, giving us about 8 months to try and conceive again. That is our last chance (as the adhesions will eventually grow back) even with a barrier put in there. Eventually a Hysterectomy will be needed but I am trying to put that off as long as I can. I believe in miracles because I was one myself so I'd like to keep my female (baby making parts) in tact for as long as I possibly can. I got a phone call today from the PNE Specialist to discuss the surgery.The 2nd Surgery is the very LONG awaited Pudendal Nerve Decompression. This is a very minor surgery compared to every thing I have already gone through. The Doctor will make a tiny incision in my vagina and go into where the Pudendal Nerve is located. Then they test the nerve while inside with a special machine. They test it's conductivity on both sides. After this they gently decompress around the pudendal nerve. It will take about 30-45 minutes. The they test the nerve conductivity again and sew up the incision. When I wake up I will have an epidural for 3 days for the pain. i won't need a foley catheter because I can sit up an empty my woderful Indiana Pouch at the side of the bed with a male urinal. After 3 days I will be discharged locally in NH and put on oral pain medication while healing. After a week he will clear me to go back home. This surgery will be done sometime in the Spring as I have a wedding to attend Easter weekend and I would like it done after that. My loving Grandmother is helping financially and my Mom even though she is going through her cancer treatment will also attend this trip to NH. This Doctor is excellent in his line of work and has done over 100 of these PNE Decompressions, in fact he was about to do one today after he called me. I would only go to the best! The road continues. Hopefully the pain will be reduced enough to live with a little more activity than I do now. I cherish the good days and rest and take care of myself on the bad days.