Jun 19 2009

That Really Sucked!!

So, I made it through the surgery!!  I couldn’t post yesterday, because I was way to out of it.  With anesthesia, morphine, demerol, and percocet, your body becomes pretty useless!!  Apparently, when I first came to, they asked on a scale of 1 to 10 what my pain was.  I have no recollection of this, but they said I was in a lot of pain and answered 9.  This is where they gave me a cocktail of pain meds (IV) and totally made me useless for the rest of the day.  I zoned out most of the night and just stared at the TV.  My main complaint of the night was my throat.  It was so dry and scratchy from the breathing tube.  I have never been tubed before, so I didn’t know what to expect.  I’m feeling much better today, but the pain is pretty bad.  I slept completely through the night, which I was totally surprised about.  I am also able to move around more today, but very slowly.  I originally thought that the testicular biopsies were going to be done through tiny incisions and and then aspirated through needles.  Boy was I wrong!  There is a 2″ long 1/4″ deep incision across the front of the scrotum that has the shape of a dumbbell.  It almost looks like a puzzle piece is missing.  This, I believe, was a Microdissection TESE.  From what I read, it is a much larger incision, but yields a better chance of finding sperm.  The biopsy is what hurts.  I don’t even realize that I have another incision for the varicocelectomy (yet!).  I guess there is plenty of time for that to start hurting.  I have the next 2 weeks to just sit here and heal.  I will probably be completely out of my mind by Monday, so expect some rambling posts.

I have to thank my at home nurse (Jess).  I don’t know what I would do without her.  I am a very independent person, and having to rely on people sucks.  I can’t even go to the bathroom without her help.  She is running around like a champion, doing everything I need done.  You never realize how much you depend on someone until you can’t do anything for yourself.  I am blessed to have her in my life.  I love her so much, and wish that she didn’t have to go through all this with me.  After all, her doc says she is a baby making machine!!

May 28 2009

Clearing Up The Confusion

My doc called today and answered most of the questions we had.  First, he confirmed the surgery date for June 18th, and explained what needed to be done in preparation.  I have to have medical clearance from my primary because they will be tubing me.  I was a little surprised that they decided to tube me, because from other stories I have read, most people just get twilight sedation or local anesthetic.  I’m guessing that because they are repairing both sides as well as taking biopsies, that this might be a little bit longer of a surgery, and that it would warrant being under general anesthesia.

Next he explained that after speaking with Jess’ IVF doc, that he would keep the biopsies and do all the pathology instead.  I’m unsure why IVFNJ would not want to do it.  I have read on other sites, as well as medical journals, that they have frozen TESE sperm with not the greatest results, but some good results, no less.  Oh well, I guess we will just have to go with the flow.

Recovery time for me will be about 2 weeks before I can return to work.  Most people are released for work after 1 week, but with my job, I need to be 100% before I can return.  In regards to the varicocele repair, the doc said you normally have between 3 and 6 months before you can see any results.  He’s putting the mark at 4 months before we do any more testing.   This would put us at starting another IVF round sometime in November or early December (if all goes well).

May 23 2009

We Have A Date

While we were on our journey home from Hackensack, we got a call from the receptionist of the docs office.  The surgery is scheduled for June 18th.  We were a little surprised that they scheduled so fast considering the doc said he wouldn’t have a date until after the holiday weekend.  Things are starting to move fast.  I just hope it works!!

May 22 2009

Surgery Is A Go!!

I’m probably the only one in the world right now who is excited to be getting scheduled for surgery.  Before I get ahead of myself, Let me talk about the appointment I had today at the doc.  We took the trip up to Hackensack finally feeling good, and with hopes of moving things forward.  We met with the doc, and first discussed the the last MRI results and the reasons we why went into a cautionary mode with all the tests.  We all agreed it was the right thing to do.  I’m glad we ruled things out and didn’t just jump to conclusions.  The doc then explained the next step was getting back to the original reason I went there, infertility.  He discussed the surgery, recovery time, and future appointments.  He couldn’t give us an exact date due to the holiday weekend, and the fact that he wanted to get in touch with IVFNJ.  I guess I’ll have to wait until Tuesday for more info.