I know my blog is all over the place, and I'm cool with that because, well, my life is all over the place. Take for example this current post. It is going to be about something I never thought in a million years I'd be writing about. It does not match anything I've written about in the past and does not fit with my normal recipe-loving, funny-kid-anecdote-writing, giveaway-giving posts at ALL. But because I know I'm not alone in this world, and I know that I value other women's opinions about their experiences with health issues, I thought it could possibly be helpful to someone if I start a small series about something I'm currently about to experience: endometrial ablation.
If you'd like to stop reading now, I completely understand. I mean, there ARE going to be some gory details and phrases like "uterine bleeding" and "dilated cervix" that might not appeal to everyone. Please go about your day as if nothing ever happened and please still talk to me when you see me on the street. But if you are considering having this procedure done, please read on. Hopefully this series will give you a little bit of insight on what it's like.
No, I'm not going to give you the pros and cons of why I chose to go through with this procedure. My choices are my own. But I will tell you that for me it seems like the best solution out there. And I will tell you that I have done a lot of research about it. For me, all the benefits are outweighing the bad possible outcomes tenfold. What I also want to tell you is my 100% honest experience with the procedure so that you can have an idea of what it's like from an ordinary mom's perspective.
I am scheduled to go in this upcoming week. I have had my consultation with my doctor and had bloodwork done already. The procedure itself is supposed to only take about 10-15 minutes, but I will be completely knocked out, so it will require me to be in an outpatient surgical center for a few hours. The ablation itself should only take about 5 minutes, but my doctor told me he will also perform a hysteroscopy (which is just the insertion of a camera to get a better picture of my uterus) and a D&C (dilation & curretage).
I have talked with a few friends who have gone through this procedure. It is interesting to me that every single person I have talked to has had a different experience with it. Some had horrible pain while others were back to their normal selves the next day. I am very hopeful and at the same time very interested in how my body will react.
If you have any questions now, please go ahead and ask them. If I already know the answer, I will certainly give it to you. But if I don't, I will ask my doctor for you!
I hope you will find this series helpful. I will be posting again once I get home and then again in a few weeks...then months...so you can have a good idea of my personal progress. I may not have all the answers for you, but I know that sometimes just hearing about someone else's experience can help when trying to make your own decisions about your health. Best of luck to you!