Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.



I can't seem to make it a solid year without having some part of me go under the knife or laser or whatever instrument of torture some man or woman with initials after his or her name wields.


This time, it will be hysteroscopy and removal of a uterine polyp. However, while I'm anxious, I'm excited about the prospects of the outcome for the procedure.

No eating or drinking after midnight tonight. I'll go in to my OB/GYN's office at 8:30 in the morning to prep for a 9:30 a.m. procedure. I'll be on "twilight anesthesia" where I'm still awake and can respond to commands, but pretty much out of it.

The doctor said he is going to do the hysteroscopy first to check things out in my uterus with a little camera thing. Then, he'll remove the polyp and send it off for biopsy. At that point, he'll do the endometrial ablation, in which he'll scrape the lining out of the uterus. The idea is to deter the heavy periods and PMS symptoms. It will also make sure that I don't pop out any more puppies (even after the tubal ligation.)

Upon waking, I have been told that I will feel really crampy and probably want to be on the couch and doing nothing on Thursday. On Friday, most people are fine and can do simple things like take the kids to school, but won't feel like doing much else. I was told not to plan anything big for Friday. While the procedure doesn't impact hormones - just the lining of the uterus - enough patients are saying PMS is decreased, so a study is going to be started, the nurse at the anesthesia office told me. About three to four months into it, I will probably notice the decrease in PMS symptoms, since it takes a bit for your body to adjust and hormones to level out no more PMS, no bloating, no pain.

I'm stoked about those results. Not so stoked about how I'll feel tomorrow and Friday, but excited about the long term results.

Say a few prayers for me. Please. I should be back at the computer on Friday. No rest for the wicked and all.


  • At 3:08 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger Kelly said…

    I know many women on my Mommy Boards who have had the ablation, and are really please with the resutls!

    Best of luck- will keep you in my prayers tomorrow!

  • At 1:24 AM, January 17, 2008, Blogger Moi said…

    Hey AoM - I go for my surgery in the morning too. I finally won my battle with the insurance company. I'll be thinking about you. Hope all goes well.

  • At 6:27 AM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hope you are one of the lucky ones and this works for you. It didn't work for me and I now have PMS which I never had before. My cycles are totally wonky and I still bleed and have some major cramping (which I never had before either). I had a routine procedure with maximum results, no polyps, no ademyosis, I was just bleeding too much.

    It has been a year since my surgery. I wish I'd never had it. Good luck, I'll be thinking about you. And I recommend no serious activity until Monday, even if you feel okay. Take time to rest and let your uterus heal from the procedure.

  • At 9:11 AM, January 17, 2008, Blogger Rachelle Jones said…

    prayers indeed!

    I hope this works for you!

  • At 11:27 AM, January 17, 2008, Blogger liberal army wife said…

    I had my thermal ablation done and LOVE it. no bleeding. NONE! yay. but then, I'm an old broad and they did it for menopausal reasons.


  • At 10:16 AM, January 18, 2008, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Hope you're feeling better, sweetie


  • At 5:20 PM, January 20, 2008, Blogger Cindy said…

    I just had this done in November, and so far I'm very happy with my results.

    I hope your recovery is going well!

  • At 10:48 AM, January 21, 2008, Blogger Mo K said…

    Catching up with my blog-readin'. You've been busy, girl. Not in the way you'd like I know, but it sounds like you're feeling better? I'm keeping you in my prayers, hon.
    Glad also to see that Mom is doing so much better!!


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