Today was the first visit with New RE.
Right off the bat I could see that this was going to be a different experience than with the chucklehead we saw a few months back. New RE (I am going to have to think of a good blog nickname for him) actually asked us questions. Listened to the answers. Didn’t brush me off when I said I suspected endometriosis. What a relief! We did a consult, then based on what I told him about my periods he said he wanted to do an ultrasound. We were led into the ultrasound room and I took my pants off…the nurse prepped the instrument (covered it with a condom)….and then I had to stare at it for 15 minutes, just imagining….
So finally the doctor came back in. He did a pelvic exam, then started the ultrasound. Almost immediately he said, “Well, you know you have fibroids, right?”
I don’t know that.
When I had my HSG in December the tech immediately told me I had a submucosal fibroid as she read the scan–then when we went back for a consult with Original RE he said that no, I didn’t in fact have any fibroids. Or any abnormalities. Or any reason not to get pregnant.
So this came as a bit of a shock. New RE continued poking around with the ultrasound (I know some of you know what this is like…let me tell you, it is WEIRD).
I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have something to grab on to. Even though, based on our past experience (fibroid/no fibroid), I remain a little skeptical of this as a final diagnosis, it is so good to feel like there is someone who knows what is going on!
Here’s the plan:
I’m going to have CD3 blood work done, probably next week. Then I’m going to go back in for another ultrasound with saline (I forgot what this one is called) so he can get a better look at the fibroids, which are apparently submucosal and therefore keeping us from conceiving. Sometime later this summer I am going to have a myomectomy and then….awaaaaaay we go! TTC with nothing gumming up the works.
(My favorite part of today’s appointment: the RE asked what we had been using for birth control before we started TTC. We told him we had used the Today Sponge for several years while it was back on the market. He looked up at us, startled, and said, “And you didn’t get pregnant? Well, there’s definitely a problem.” I just find that hilarious: our useless, unnecessary birth control wouldn’t have worked even if we’d been fertile!)