Nurses got me prepped and ready for surgery.
Dr. Tris stopped by and talked to us a little about the sonogram - he said that he didn't see any cancer. And he didn't see any reason to not do the DNC and cervical punch biopsy. Told me that he would see me around noon.
So, we waited ... spent time visiting with Rick's sister - Tina. Lots of laughs. It was good. :-)
Anesthesia specialist came and talked to us about his part ...
I was given the shots to help with my tummy ... and had to drink the "good stuff" - bitter, salty, citrus flavor - YUK!!!
Wheeled away to surgery ...
An hour or so later, back to the room ... trying to wake up LOL ...
It was good to see my husband and to hear his voice ... then to feel his touches.
Just to know that I was awake and alive!
A little pain - Tylenol with Codeine is my FRIEND!!! LOL
I got up and went to the bathroom ...
Then ate a bowl of cream of chicken soup with crackers and drank a Sprite.
IV was taken out.
I was allowed to get dressed.
More waiting on Dr. Tris ...
His first report?
Endometrial Hyperplasia ... he said that the lining of my uterus was very thick. Did not see or smell cancer - but it will be sent off to make sure there is not one cancer cell showing. We were told that as thick as the lining is that it is only one step below cancer at this point. Had I not gotten in when I did it would not have been very much longer before it was BAD - according to Dr. Tris.
Also, he said that I have very large fibroid tumors. Which is causing part of the problem with the heavy bleeding.
If there is not a cancer cell showing up - Dr. Tris wants me to go on birth control pills for a very short time. Just long enough to regulate the bleeding, and to keep the lining of the uterus from growing any thicker. He said that with my blood and iron counts as low as they are, that he doesn't think I would survive surgery at this point. (If it is an emergency, they will attempt it - but ideally, it will be later.)
After 3 units of blood on Thursday - my blood count had come up to 7.1 yesterday morning. Still very critical.
We were told that the only option at this point is to have a hysterectomy ... but trying to decide when the safest and best time is - that's the question.
Iron supplement program. High iron diet.
Resting program to allow the body to heal not only from the DNC and cervical biopsy, but to allow the body to build up the blood.
We are to consult with Dr. Tris later in this next week - find out the results of the uterine lining screening and the cervical biopsy. Praying so hard for NO cancer cells!!!
Dr. Tris and the nurses all told us that at the rate I was losing blood - basically one decimal point per day, from 5.0 to 4.9 ... - I would have been passing out in another 2-3 days. They said that death happens at some point below 4.0 usually.
Rick and I both knew that I didn't feel good ... and that the blood count was way too low - we just didn't know how low! Or how dangerous!
~ As we are already dealing with Rick's health, this has hit both of us pretty hard. We are overwhelmed, scared, feeling very vulnerable and emotional. Confused. Frustrated.
~ But we are also VERY thankful that Dr. Tobin was caring enough to even look at me, and to take the first blood count. That he was caring and thoughtful enough to get this started.
Thankful that Rick had an appointment with Dr. Tobin this week.
And thankful that I went back into the room with them.
God is good - all the time.