Sunday, November 7, 2010

24 Days...

Ok, let me say first of all that in my first blog I said that it was my every intention to "just spill it" on here. This was my journal through infertility, and all that goes with it. So PLEASE let that serve as my disclaimer! Those of you with weak stomachs may not want to continue.
I was diagnosed with PCOS many years ago. Don't remember the exact year, and the date's not important. I do know it was somewhere around 2000. Here's a short lesson on what PCOS is:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOSis one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5%-10of women of reproductive age (12–45 years oldand is thought to be one of the leading causes of female infertility. PCOS is a condition where many small cysts form on the ovary causing an hormonal imbalance which may lead to the need for fertility treatment to conceive.In women with PCOS, the ovary doesn't make all of the hormones it needs for an egg to fully mature. The follicles may start to grow and build up fluid but ovulation does not occur. Instead, some follicles may remain as cysts. For these reasons, ovulation does not occur and the hormone progesterone is not made. Without progesterone, a woman's menstrual cycle is irregular or absent. Plus, the ovaries make male hormones, which also prevent ovulation.


As long as I can remember I have had cysts on my ovaries, but have been blessed that I have never had to have surgery because of a rupture of a cyst. I know many women that have PCOS struggle with cysts rupturing, and I can only imagine how painful this is. My main issue, or how PCOS has effected me is my menstrual cycles. They come and go as they please basically, with no regard to me. I always think how wonderful it would be to know when my period was going to come. I envy the "28 dayers"! I may have a 2 week period every 4 months, or a day of spotting a month, who knows. Its so sporadic! I'm always afraid to wear anything white, as I may get my surprise visitor! 
As I have talked about in my previous blogs, David and I went to our first visit with our new infertility Dr on October 16th. Of course, my uninvited visitor decided to come the dabefore. So I started my period on October 15th. Guess what? I'm STILL on it!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!! 24 LONG days. I am so drained! Maybe even literally, of blood!! I had labs drawn (P4 and E2) and my labs just say I'm on my menses. I'm thinking maybe I should contact the Guinness Book of World records for the longest menstrual cycle in history!! My doctor has kept in touch with me. I love how they make me feel as I'm their only patient! Doc says I have to have surgery to remove the polyp this week. So hopefully that will help, and the bleeding will stop! Kind of nervous about surgery. I've only been "put out"/ on a vent 1 other time to get my galbladder removed. I'm sure I will be fine.
During these 24 days of bleeding my energy level has been non existent! I literally have zero energy to do anything. I'm sure my iron levels are slightly low. My lower back is sooo achy and I look like a 15 year old with acne all over my chin area! Woof! 
I know this blog is a boring one, it's taking all I have to just type it out. I just haven't blogged for over a week, and felt that I should. If you read this, please, I ask for prayers. Prayers for healing, and my surgery next monday. I love ya'll. I promise I will try to be more entertaining on my next blog!!  Until then...


Love and Baby dust,
Lo 

1 comment:

  1. I hope that this period ends for you soon, I too have had the fun of month long periods and they are simply exhusting mentally and physically.
    I really hope the surgery goes well. Fingers are crossed for you.

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