Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fertility update

We have prayed about our decision and I am going ahead and getting surgery for my suspected endometriosis. It is scheduled for March 8th. Please keep me in your prayers. I truly appreciate it. I hate being put under! But I know it will all be worth to be one step closer to getting pregnant. If they allowed me to do it awake, I would! Our RE (reproductive endocrinologist, fertility specialist) recommended the laparoscopic surgery (go in through the belly button) or go straight to IVF. I need to fix the problem so that is why we feel the lap is the best option for us right now. I am getting on birth control to thin my lining on day 5, and surgery is on day 14 of my cycle. So we will sit this cycle out. I have the most beautiful peace you could possibly imagine about all this. I know I have a great God with great plans for us. It has not been an easy road, but I want to do this His way and will follow His lead wherever it leads us. We have been blessed through this hard journey. Most OBgyns do not refer a couple to a specialist until at least a year. We were actively trying for 7 months before I got in to see the specialist. He knew from my first meeting and suspected endo right away. The cycle day 3 blood work proved his suspicion. My AMH (ovarian reserve) was on the low end at 0.87. Needs to be at 1. My FSH (follicle stimulating hormore) was also a little high at 7. That needs to be below 6. He thinks I might be at Stage II endo. The more cysts (and way more factors go into it) they find, the higher the stage. In the middle of this journey (we have been officially trying for 9 cycles, going in to 10 now), I remember I kept asking God how much longer. He never led me to think what we are facing now, because He knew I was not ready to hear it. I think I might have mentioned our chances of getting pregnant on our own in a previous post. I think the RE lowered it some more this last time we saw him, 2-4%. Again, our God is so much greater than statistics, I am not worried about them! During my prayer time yesterday, God led me to Matthew 6:8 ".. for your Father knows what you need before you ask him". Yes, He does! I read the whole chapter and another verse I liked was Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself". I am choosing to trust in Him every step of the way. I am no longer asking when God, instead I am choosing to be grateful with everything I have been blessed with. I will leave the worrying to do the Lord. He handles it a lot better than I do!
Love,
Katherine

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