Friday, January 8, 2010

Finally... some news

Yesterday I finally got the long awaited call from Dr. S.  I was able to ask him some questions that had been bugging me for the past couple weeks since my HIDA scan to check my gallbladder.  I will be seeing a general surgeon next week to double check the HIDA scan results (they looked okay but the pain I had during the scan might be cause for concern).  If I do in fact need to get my gallbladder taken out then we will probably wait until around spring break and do it then so that I don't have to miss as much school (the recovery time is much longer for this).  If the surgeon says that my gallbladder looks fine, then I will schedule a diagnostic laparoscopy with Dr. S as soon as possible.  During this procedure Dr. S will look for and "zap" any areas that are affected by endometriosis as well as perform the Ovarian Diathermy that I have been wanting for the past few months.  He seems confident that my insurance will cover most of the procedure if we do it this way.  I sure hope so.  I don't know what we would do if we got stuck with a medical bill of $7000.

In other news... (giggle).... I have decided to run a half marathon.  I have made this decision before and it never got very far but this time I feel a lot better about it.  I have been running on the treadmill a few times a week and am starting to get the hang of it.  As long as I can keep my shin splints under control I think I will be able to successfully train for and complete the 13 miles required.  I think my biggest motivation is losing some weight.  I know that Dr. S told me not to, but he doesn't know what I see when I look in the mirror... I can't live with myself looking this way.  I gained quite a bit over the holiday so my goal has gone from 10 pounds to 15 pounds.  I think I am going to add some tickers to my blog.  I think that if I have to hold myself accountable for the weightloss I will be better at eating right and taking care of myself. 

School has started up again and I am currently taking only 4 credit hours (one class).  I am also still volunteering at the hospital.  I believe that soon I will be able to change departments if I want to and I know I will be cutting back hours and going from 8 to 4 a week.  I am going back and forth on whether or not I should transfer over to Labor and Delivery.  I know it would be extremely hard for me to spend 4 hours a week around brand new babies and expectant mothers but I would have a better opportunity to watch someone doing ultrasounds in that department than the one I am in.  I don't know... we'll see. 

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and wish everyone the best in the New Year.  I hope some good things happen this year...

3 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm so happy to hear that your finally going to get the surgery. I hope this surgery is the miracle surgery that will allow you to get pregnant. By the way, You look awesome. I wish I had your body. I'm with you on the weight loss thing. However, I need to lose about 30-40 to be at my goal weight. Always thinking about you!!!

Patty Sampson said...

You sound like you are doing so well! I am so glad. (This is Patty, I am a friend of Charise's.) I have one small suggestion from my experiences. I would not transfer to labor and delivery. Honestly, it is a place that you will probably be amazing at, but give yourself a few more years to get solid before adding that potential stress to the mix. I am so happy things are headed in a good direction! Good luck!

Jessica said...

*huge hugs* going your way...praying that all works out with the insurance and the procedure.