Friday, June 8, 2012

Big Updates

Brief updates, small updates, large updates..I feel like all I do anymore is give updates of some kind. This time, I am bringing very good updates!

The first update revolves around my sister and her PET scan. The surgeon had stated that if the cancer had spread anywhere else then the surgery would be off and chemo would be resumed. I think there was a special chain of prayers being sent up to God because she got her PET scan results, and the surgery is a go!!!! The cancer has not spread, and they will be preforming a colon resection with an ileostomy and will remove half of the liver.  The surgery will take place this coming Tuesday, and I ask for any spare prayers or good thoughts that you may be able to provide.

Unfortunately, this surgery does have a lot of risk involved. I guess, however, it all depends on how you look at the situation my sister is currently in. If she doesn't get the surgery, she will more than likely die from this cancer in the near future. Yet, the surgery itself carries a lot of risk as well. That said, she is a TOP-NOTCH hospital, and I firmly believe in the power of prayer and in her surgeons. That's why I ask for all spare prayers possible. I need my sister for many more years!!

My second update is not nearly as urgent, and I'm almost hesitant to write it in fear that it will be taken away from me.  My R.E. called and stated that the blood clot is in a surface vein in my arm. He's not concerned about it, and since I will be stopping the Lovenox well before starting the IVF drugs, he sees no reason to push off the cycle. I'm truly stunned. Like I said..I'm afraid that since it's been written, plans will be changed now.

So, as of now, my plan is still in place to start everything on June 26. I will begin with 10 units of Lupron a day and then I will move onto the follistim and other hormone drugs in July. Then, as long as everything looks good through my ultrasounds and blood work, I will have my egg retrieval the week of July 23.  Now, my grandma (aka my guardian angel)'s birthday was July 24 so I have to take that as a good sign. Also, someone I have grown close to and trust very much had HER egg retrieval on July 23 a few years ago. As she's a good sign.

Following the egg retrieval, the embryos will be grown to day 5 and then one embryo will be transferred back into me. This means my first IVF pregnancy test will be in early August.  Ahhh!! It all seems just so crazy. I got my box of IVF drugs in the mail as well and I will have to take a picture and post it up here in  the next day or two. It sure seems like a BUNCH of meds.  I can tell you one thing..I'll be a pro at giving myself injections of ANY kind of drug by the time this IVF rollercoaster is over!

So those are my two updates...both very exciting and very scary at the same time. I ask one last time, please keep my sister in your thoughts and prayers this coming Tuesday. I appreciate it more than you could ever know!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad things are starting to turn around. Please let us know how Tuesday goes!

    I can't believe you are starting IVF soon. I am so excited for you. I am sure this is such an emotional time for you, but you have lots of people cheering for you!


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