Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Everything BUTT the Kitchen Sink...

Ok, so I learned a little fun fact about having lap surgery done. To my surprise and horror, there is a bowel prep for this! UGH. I had one for the colonoscopy and it was completely awful. I had to try so hard to keep myself from throwing up after drinking all that nasty stuff. And then the results of drinking all that nasty stuff? Even worse.

I was psyching myself up for this surgery, telling myself that I can get through it and it wont be so bad. I can deal with the discomfort afterwards, too. But this bowel prep news has me slightly freaking out. I just know Im going to be so nervous as it is the day of, and I definitely dont need the extra factor of wondering if I'm going to crap myself. Sorry, I know, TMI. But that's where my head's at.

I know it'll be fine and I'll get through it. But geez. And I know this sounds silly but it's going to be hard not to have ANYTHING to drink for hours before the surgery. I'm always thirsty. And knowing that I can't drink anything, is going to make me want something to drink even more. Im weird. I have to have access to water like 24hrs a day. :)

Really, I'm just venting. I know it will all be fine.

Maybe I'll just wear one of those CamelBack water things for like a week straight before the surgery. And the morning of, I'll strap on a diaper. There. Problem solved. :)

Today is CD 6 of this "not really doing anything" cycle. Might start OPKs tomorrow. Might not.I know you're supposed to start on CD 1, but I know I ovulate so late in the cycle that I'm not worried about missin anything. Does anyone know how soon you can do an IUI or IVF after lap surgery? I've been hearing different things. Some people say you have to wait 2 cycles and some people say you can start right away...

Hoping I can start right away, which would put us into July for some baby makin.

Feels like years away...

11 comments:

Jenny said...

You know it's weird because I never had to do a bowel prep for my lap...I was asked to fast for 12 hours before but that was all...maybe find out how necessary it really is?

As for when you can start ttc I think it will depend on if they find anything. I know some women get the green light to try right away. Because of my endo, I was told to take the bcp continuously for two cycles (though I was a bad patient and couldn't wait that long...I regret that now as i'm sure that's why I had another cyst pop up almost right away).

Liz said...

I didn't have to do a bowl prep and had two lap surgeries. Not sure about that one. Also, don't worry about the diaper thing, they will give you a lovely catheter. I was so pissed when they took the catheter out and I saw the bag was COMPLETELY empty. Thanks a lot! When is your surgery scheduled for?

Jillington, a.k.a. the Polack said...

You just need some brown panties! ;)

Faith said...

I never had to do a bowel prep either, but you're the second person I have heard that has had to do one. I did have to fast for 12 hours, but that's MUCH easier. I think we had to wait 1 cycle, but I don't really remember...and my RE at the time was a quack, so who knows...

Good Timing said...

Okay, I am in the minority here, but I had to do the bowel prep and it wasn't absolutely terrible, minus going to the bathroom constantly. Make sure you take the afternoon off when you are taking the evil syrup! I was very dehydrated from not eating and drinking, but I survived. And when I was in recovery I didn't want to eat or drink what they gave me. Go figure! I am doing IUI next cycle, so that will be two cycles after my lap/hyst. Keep me posted!

Sailor's Sweetheart said...

aww, don't freak out! Your doctor might not even require you to do so. My doctor wanted my bowels as empty as possible so they could have a clear picture about what was going on. But when I had my first Lap down 6 years ago, there was no bowel prep. So it really just depends! Sorry to scare you! :)

Amanda said...

That doesn't sound like fun (at all) but just think, someday you'll have this hilarious story to tell your kid!

It's all going to be worth it...I can feel it!

amiracle4us said...

bahaha....the bowel prep was my demise as well!! I don't know what you have to do but it was a couple Ducolax and a bottle of mag citrate and to the bathroom I went (and stayed). Make sure you have some wet wipes and something to read to pass the time. It will be okay, it really sounds worse than it is. It will take you one step closer to your baby :)

Carlia said...

ugh, the bowel prep sounds awful! you poor thing! i hope it's over quick.

Baby Hopes said...

Wishing you the very best of luck with this and praying it does the trick!!!

RMCarter said...

I was told we could jump right into an IUI cycle after the surgery. In fact, he encouraged it because as part of the surgery he "cleaned out" my uterus. We couldn't afford to jump back in at the time, but if we had the money, we would have.

You can do it! I know it might feel overwhelming but, just think, at least you'll have some answers after it's over.