Warning: obgyn talk ahead.
So yesterday was the medical day from hell for me. I mean, I know, it could be so, so much worse. I could be dead, or have cancer, or a sick child, or a laundry list of other problems. But the problems I do have are so frustrating to me I can’t even hardly tell you. Ok, so what you don’t know is that I’m on week 5 of constant, heavy bleeding. Back in June I had an endometrial ablation where they basically boiled my uterus out to stop literally months of heavy bleeding. Like can’t leave the house without wearing a Poise pad and sitting on a towel no unstained sheets or undies left bleeding. And it worked. I didn’t bleed. And then in November I bled a little but that was normal. Then again in December. Then it started in late January again and just hasn’t stop. All along I’ve been told that my next option was a hysterectomy. Not fun. So I called my obgyn and made an appointment, but first I asked if I could just have a phone appointment instead of driving so far with all the bleeding. And it wasn’t like she could examine me anyway, again with the bleeding. They said no that I had to come in because the hospital requires an exam, blood or not, within 30 days of surgery. So this meant I would surely be uterus free soon.
So I went. And the door was locked. So I went to the back of the same building I’ve been going to for over 8 years and that door was also locked. So I called and asked what door did I need to go through.
The lady said “Are you on Park Rd?”
Oh, well, we closed that office.
Ok well where are you now?
We’re at the corner of Blank Rd & Blanky Blank Rd.
I have no idea where that is.
(here she gives me directions)
Ok, well I’ll be there in a minute. But why wouldn’t y’all send out a notice that the office has moved?
Oh, well Blankety Blank hospital was supposed to send something out but I guess they didn’t.
Ok, well I’ll see you in a few minutes.
Oh, well by the time you get here you’ll have missed your appointment.
But I wouldn’t have if I’d been updated with the right location.
They didn’t tell you when they called?
No. (yeah, they told me but just for kicks I went to the wrong place)
Well let me see about rescheduling you. pause….. How’s tomorrow at 10:45.
-here’s where I start to cry-
Ma’am I HAVE to be seen today. You have no idea about the bleeding and what a pain it is to just get out of the house and I’ve driven all the way from Blanktown (45 minutes) and I’ll sit in the lobby all day til she can see me if necessary.
Sigh. Ok, hold on. ………… Ma’am? If you can be here at 1:45 she can see you.
So I got in and when I was called back to the exam room I hopped up on the table with my shaved legs and painted toenails and do you know she never examined me?? She told me she’d like to try an IUD before we get to the hysterectomy. I don’t want a hysterectomy, but I want to be fixed. I’m tired of feeling light headed and bleeding all the time. I’d like to have sex again. I’m married and when I was a teenager I thought marriage meant 24/7 sex and you can’t do that when your uterus is falling out! I’m tired of them telling me “well we don’t like to remove the uterus when you desire children” when they are the ones who told me I can’t get pregnant. Hell, SHE’s the one who sterilized me with boiling water! So I started crying again while on the table. It’s just so frustrating. I don’t have time for this not to work. I will hopefully have a baby in less than a year and I can’t be recovering from major surgery while trying to bring a child home from another country. And the IUD won’t even be in until like 2 weeks from now. She says it should work by releasing progesterone into my uterus to prevent the build up of the uterine lining. Last year I took progesterone orally to make the bleeding stop and that didn’t work, but she seems confident. Keep your fingers crossed. Cause if this doesn’t work I may just rip my uterus out myself!