Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Results - Part 1

So, uh, it's been awhile since I had surgery, huh?  I've needed to do an update here for a long time, and I'm sure you've been waiting on the edge of your seat!  Shall we?

The last few months have been a bit of an adventure.  My surgeon didn't find any endometriosis, and that's a good thing.  During the procedure, she also performs a hysteroscopy (using a scope to look for inflammation inside the uterus) and a hysterosalpingogram (injecting dye inside the uterus to see if it flows out the fallopian tubes).  I had a hysterosalpingogram done in November of 2008, and everything looked normal.  However, the test during my surgery showed that my left fallopian tube was completely blocked, and the right tube was only partially open.

This was a huge, huge shock to me since I had gotten a normal test result just a year ago.  Afterward, the doctor explained that the test results could be the result of where I was in my cycle when the surgery was done.  She said that the lining of my uterus was very "thick and fluffy" and it's possible that the lining could have interfered with the dye flowing down the tubes.  Her recommendation was to repeat that portion of the test on my next cycle, at a time when my uterine lining was less thick and fluffy.

We repeated the test in early December and got identical results.  Hearing that news was just . . . crushing.  When I had the test done in 2008, and it came back normal, it felt like that was one less thing we had to worry about.  Physically, I was normal, and so we just needed to figure out the hormonal aspect.  After addressing the hormonal stuff for a year with no success, finding out that something was now physically wrong was just too much.  I was in tears before I even left the x-ray room that day.

To be continued (shortly) . . .


  1. Oh Shelby, this made me cry for you and your husband. I am keeping this in my prayers and waiting for the continued part of this post!

  2. I can't really say anything that we haven't already talked about...but I can say that I love you! I think that you are facing this challenging time with such grace and, while I know you're struggling, I admire the faith that you have that is carrying you through. Nathaniel is blessed to have such a tremendous example of what it means to persevere in faith as his godmother. Well, really, godPARENTS. Love you both. xoxo