Sunday, March 4, 2012

Needed Surgery

My IVF #1 went so badly that I needed to have surgery 10 days ago to remove an ectopic pregnancy that didn't respond to metho.traxate to dissolve it - and they had to remove my left tube as well.

What a whirlwind it was!

After I got the metho.trexate shot (that has worked on me 2x before on suspected ectopics), they told me like normal that if I was having abdominal pain, among other symptoms, to go to the emergency room.

So, 5 days after the shot, at work, I had severe adbominal pain, called my nurse who said don't risk it - go to the hospital. A co-worker drove me and I thought it'd just be a stomach bug or something. 4 hours of tests later, they tell me I need to have surgery that evening to remove this pregnancy... and my husband is out of town.

I call my best friend, who immediately gets child care and comes to spend time with me, and luckily my husband was able to get on the next flight home, in time to take me home from surgery.

I'm still trying to process it all... I'm actually very calm and oddly at peace about all of this. I guess when you're confronted with a somewhat life-threatening situation, it helps put things in perspective.

We're faced with infertility. It's hard. But I guess in general, things are good.

So, I'm taking it all in stride. We have a follow-up with my RE this Friday and I'm sure we'll proceed again with IVF with the two frozen embryos we have (probably one at a time)... though I do keep thinking about maybe a gestational carrier or that it's time to consider adoption. I've had 5 early-on miscarriages - 3 of which have been ectopic, 1 of them with IVF (other two with IUI), so just makes me worried that something is clearly not working in my favor or functioning properly with my body. On the other hand, I'll hear what the doctor has to say as I'm not quite willing to give up with this dream for now...


  1. I am so sorry you have to go through this. ((hugs))

  2. So sorry, thinking of you and wishing you strength and clarity as you continue your journey to build your family ((hugs))

  3. I am so so, sorry to hear of your ectopic and the loss of your tube. Thinking of you.

  4. Wow, that is a lot to go through. I admire your strength and positive perspective. You will find a path to motherhood because clearly you are determined and deserve it. Thinking of you.

  5. good god! What a whirlwind to say the least.

    I have been thinking about you. I am glad you posted, although I wish it had been better news.

    Maybe if your tubes were no good, getting them out was a good thing. Here's hoping the FET is successful!

  6. I have been thinking of you... A LOT.... wondering how you were and all... didn't know if you had gotten my message....anyway I'm glad that you're still hopeful and healing both physically and emotional... I think you're an amazing and strong woman.... wishing you all the best.