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Finally made it to hysteroscopy and D&C! I almost didn’t as I found myself with a bit of a flu coming on. The weekend before the scheduled hysteroscopy was a trying one. My sister-in-law was getting engaged so we had an engagement party for her with all the families there. It’s hot and humid here all year around here but last weekend seems to be overly so. The heat caused me to get really sick. We brought along my 8 year old niece to join in the fun but after a day she too falls ill. Luckily on the day of the hysteroscopy I was feeling much better. I really didn’t want to have to reschedule again.

This is going to be a long one… ready?

On the day of the procedure, I checked into the hospital at 10am. Being that I was under medication for hypertension they wanted to monitor me. I was shown to my room, had my weight taken (I’ve only mannaged to lose 1kg since my last weigh in yucks), and ask the standard questions by the nurse, when was my last meal, what medication was I on, when was my last bowel movement, am I allergic to any medication… normal stuff… the nurse came to take my blood pressure a few times but other than that left me alone. My procedure was scheduled for 4pm so there was quite some time to kill. So I brought a book along and read and watch a little TV.

My anesthetist came by when I was changing to my OT gown. He looked a lot like Einstein I thought with his white hair. He took me through what’s he’s going to do, and got me to sign a consent form. I told him I was a little scared of going under since this is the first time, he reassured me that everything is going to be fine and it’s a short procedure.

The nurse came to get me a little before 4pm. They when through some check list with me, to verify that the signatures on all the consent forms are mine. Then proceed with checking if I had contact lenses on, ask about dentures or dental implants that I might have, asked if I’ve taken off all my under garments. It seemed funny answering these questions but I know they are important. They wheeled me on the bed to the OT. I felt a little weird being pushed on the bed since I am very able to walk on my own but it was procedure I guess. Once I arrived at the OT the person in charge there when through the check list again… then I was asked to move to another bed. There I stayed until they were ready for me.

As they wheeled me to the OT, I saw my Dr. He said hello. Talk a little to keep me at ease then left. Once inside the OT I was asked to move to another bed. This one is smaller. I can see the stirrup and there’s a place where you need to put your left hand on for the IV. The lights were bright. I got settled on the bed, my anesthetist came and say hello. Said he was going to start. He commented that my veins were hard to find. He had a nurse give me oxygen. Then he gave me a shot of antibiotics which I thought hurt a little. I was really afraid of getting the IV line on so I was waiting for that… but all I could remember after the antibiotic shot was waking up from a dream. They’ve moved me to another bed and were sending me to recovery. I asked “Is it over?” and my anesthetist said yes and I did fine and told me that the doctor will come to talk to me soon. I felt some pain but nothing more than bad AF pains. I wasn’t groggy after the anesthetic and was very lucid. They monitored me for a bit in the recovery area. My dr came to talk to me. Said I had 4 polyps removed and he did a mini D&C as well. Everything went well.

By the time I was wheeled back to my room it was already 7pm so I decided to stay the night at the hospital. I was a little anxious to go to the bathroom I thought it might sting but it was ok. They told me I could start drinking a little and if I didn’t throw up I could start eating; which I did since I was really hungry.

To tell you the truth, the most pain I had been was with the IV line. I don’t like it one bit! I couldn’t wait for them to take it out as it felt really uncomfortable and unnatural under my skin. While they were removing it I looked away and cringed, the nurse kept asking if it hurts, I told them no but I was waiting for the pain…

Ouch I’m such a wimp 😦

I was on pain killers for the first day. The cramps were quite intense and I bleed a bit for a few days. I did feel somewhat bloated too. As of today I’m 100%. Can’t wait to move on to the next step…

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I went to get my blood work done today. My hemoglobin level has increased to 10.9 (gm/dl). The normal range for adult female should be between 12 to 16; but the dr is ok with my reading and we are scheduled to go for my hysteroscopy on Tuesday. Wish me luck!

Oh yea.. I notice this last week that I’m not craving ice as much anymore. I don’t need my cup of ice on my ride to work in the morning and raiding the office fridge for ice cubes. I still chew ice sometimes but it’s not constantly in my mind anymore. That’s a good thing… great actually 

I’ll update once I know more on the hysteroscopy or after the procedure… ttfn..

It’s my birthday!!! As cheerful as that would be; this year it’s a little bittersweet. I’m 35. To me it seems as if it’s the cut off age for fertility. It’s written everywhere… when you are above 35 your fertility level drops. 35…the age… this age makes it feels like its final somehow.

I have so much to be thankful for… I have a wonderful husband, the most supportive and loving family, there is just so much love around me that it is an injustice to feel sad. This morning my dad called to sing me happy birthday… my mom telling me how much she loves me, a shower of kisses and hugs from my little nieces and nephews… My life may not be perfect; but it sure is close.

On Thursday after work I dropped by the organic store to get a bottle of beetroot juice. I read on the web that it helps with increasing iron in the blood and also it seemed that it helps with the blood pressure as well. I thought it couldn’t hurt to try right. The juice can only last 5 days refrigerated since there’s no preservatives. But since I’m taking it twice a day it didn’t make it even to day 3 before I needed to get another.

 I felt more energetic after drinking the juice. I wonder though if it’s all in my head LOL. Before the weekend was over I was back at the organic supply store to get a few more bottles of juice. There was a promotion going on called “Blood Replenisher Formula” 2 bottles of mixed vegg juice (mix of beetroot, celery, carrots, radish and acerola) and 1 jar of 100% pure prune paste. It supposed to aid with increasing the hemoglobin in the blood and prevent anemia so being the sucker that would try anything right now, I got myself a set. The prune paste is really yummy I must say… the juice… well the beetroot juice or the mixed vegg juice tasted almost the same… it tasted healthy I guess lacking the word to describe the taste…but palatable.

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I hope all these efforts help with bringing my blood level back to normal. I’m planning to go get my blood tested sometime next week. I hope everything goes as plan and I can proceed with the hysteroscopy this month. I really want to get the ball rolling on my IVF. Please God no more hiccups. Let it be smooth sailing from now insyaAllah.

 Oh… I went to get my first dose of Hep-B vaccination. There are 3 dosages in all… next one in a month and the next 5 months after that. I wonder if this is the right time to get vaccinated, but the dr said its safe even if you’re pregnant. But I question my timing though… I guess what’s done is done right?

Sending lots of love positive energy to the universe. Baby dust to all that shares this journey.  

I’m getting really worried about my anemia situation. I’ve been on the supplement for a week now and I’m still feeling rather tired and breathless most of the time. The first day I took the supplement I felt rather energized. I thought it was the effect of the meds but now I’m thinking maybe it was all in my head? Is a week to short a time to notice any difference?

 I was doing some exercise a couple of days ago (no I don’t exercise regularly) and all of a sudden I got so out of breath I almost fainted. It was really scary. I know I should get myself checked out but I’m putting it all to the anemia for now. I read that beetroot and honey can help so I’ll try to get some this week. It also said that beetroot juice can lower your blood pressure too… It won’t hurt to try right? I’ll try to get beetroot from the market and make my own juice but if I can’t find any or too lazy to make them may be I’ll go to one of the organic shop and get the bottled ones. I hope they’re the same.

 Sending out to the universe an arm full of love and baby dust…