Hello everybody. Thought you might like a quick update on the surgery, and since my pain medication is currently in the small window where it is actually working well, it felt like now might be the best time. the surgery went very well, but was much more intense than I was expecting. Turns out the cyst was larger than the ultrasound showed (it was 8.5cm) and was really taking over that left ovary. Nick and mom saw a picture. Their joint response to it was something along the lines of "Ew and ouch". My doctor was able to remove the entire cyst and leave the ovary which was a big win.
In addition to the gnarly cyst, they found 15 different growths of endometriosis. I didn't get to talk with the doctor (or I did.... but I was really out of it and have no memory of our conversation), so I am not 100% sure where they all were, but I know they decided to cath my and drain my bladder in the middle of surgery, so I am thinking there were some on my bladder. (which makes since considering the pain I had when peeing for the last few weeks). They had to fill me with gas twice to make sure I wasn't bleeding, and the had to put in an additional incision in order to get to all the endometriosis. These additional things are making this recovery much harder than my last two surgeries. I am in a ton of pain and can't seem to get comfortable. I am hoping it gets better over the next 24 hours. Attempting to get any sleep last night was a real challenge.
Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and support. I did have them go ahead and put in the Mirena, which I am happy about. I just can't go through this again anytime soon. Hopefully this treatment will keep me pain free for a very long time.