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Thursday, July 24, 2014

medical update

Before I get into this update about the state of my ovaries, I wanted to thank all of you for your love and support.  I have really been trying to figure out how much of this journey I want to share on the blog.  My need for personal documentation treads a fine line with over-sharing.  I'm still not sure how I'm doing, but the feedback I have been receiving has been so encouraging.  Your love and prayers have definitely been felt.

On to the update.  I went to the doctor this week to get the results from all of the tests I've had done.   And the result is, I do indeed have PCOS!  This is a good thing, because it is consistent with what has been going on.  Lack of periods, acne...more acne..  Anyway, the doctor said that I'm in good shape actually.  Here's what she explained to me:

PCOS has very little to do with my ovaries and almost everything to do with my pituitary gland.  The gland more or less releases hormones into me.  Mine is releasing more testosterone.  This results in the cysts on my ovaries.  And here's the kicker!  The cysts?  Yeah, they're actually my eggs chillin' out on my ovary just waiting to be asked out on a date.  Since my hormones are out of whack, my eggs aren't getting the message that it's time to get dressed up and go to the dance.  They're just sitting like the awkward kid in the corner who would rather  be at home  playing video games. 

She explained also that many cases of  PCOS are weight related.  She said that since I'm thin (thanks, Doc, you're lookin' good yourself...) , my cholesterol levels are good, insulin levels are good, and my thyroid clean, my PCOS is all pituitary gland related.  This makes medication and the fertility aspect much easier.

Since my fallopian tubes are open (had a test for that, too...) and all of my eggs are just chillin' out on my ovaries rearin' and ready to go, we just need to stimulate ovulation.  We are now awaiting the results of one more test.  Pending the results of it, I will go on a steady string of medication to stimulate ovulation.

All in all, it was a really good appointment.  My doctor was speaking in very solid terms about me getting pregnant.  No ifs, just whens.  She has a solid plan in place and I am feeling very hopeful.   I still have Igor the Sty to work through (that's a story in and of itself...) but to hear my doctor speak very confidently about my chances of pregnancy has filled my heart with a buoyancy it's been missing while awaiting these results.

Friday, July 18, 2014

reasons why i love my husband: thursday night

It's ten at night as I write this.  I picked up Mr. F from work about 45 minutes ago.  We stopped at Chick-fil-A for a quick dinner (because we make excellent eating choices...) and came home.  He ate his sandwich quickly, pulled out his computer, and kept working.  He's still working as I write this, which is just amazing to me for so many reasons.  I begin falling asleep promptly at 9:30 every night, so having the attention to keep at it until the nighttime hours is beyond me.  But this man's dedication is just the best.

He's still working.

Still working after spending three hours with me at the doctor this morning to get Igor the Sty taken care of.  Still working after driving me like Miss Daisy around Atlanta for prescriptions because my eyes were dilated and I couldn't see for beans.  Still working even though he wants to be exercising.  Still working despite the hours he is losing preparing for his GMAT exam (it's in a MONTH guys!! AHHH!!) More than any of that though, he's still working even though he doesn't want to right now.  He's tired, stressed over the exam, and wanting to be doing anything else.  But he's still working, because he made a commitment to his colleagues.

And I love him for it.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

just around the riverbend

Would you believe me if I told you these photos are taken just a few blocks from my little apartment?  One of my favorite aspects of Atlanta is the lush green forestation that makes you feel like you're in the middle of the wilderness even when you're in Midtown.  This little spot is part of a nature preserve.  The paths have nearly been overgrown, even with heavy use, by thick vegetation of the most wonderful variety!  I usually take the trails winding through the forest, but on this particular day, I needed some extra Vitamin D and a bit of sand between my toes.  I kicked off my underused tennis shoes and waded knee deep in cool, refreshing water.  It was absolute heaven and as the summer days keep warming up, I have a feeling I'll be wading in our urban river more often!