If you’re just catching this at part three, I recommend you start with part one, or you may be very lost!
We had the follow-up appointment with my doctor to let him know we will be going through with the surgery – and we are ready to get the details. But, getting to that point was quite a journey!
Of course, as you know, I am all about the research! Marketing is in my blood. I gather information about what’s happening in the world around the topic at hand and I analyze it. I do extensive digging to deliver the most effective strategy to influence an audience to come alongside the topic – and be in agreement! I did nothing short of exactly that before my follow-up appointment with my Doctor. I have so many notes and things bookmarked on my phone. My mentors would be proud!
I came into his office armed with options for the type of procedure I could have – they could leave the ovaries, or the cervix, do a laparoscopic, or c-section/ bikini line, and in worst-case scenario, a total abdominal hysterectomy with that icky verticle, up and down scar from my navel to my pubic bone. That last one, they don’t even call it by name. They call it a Vertical TAH. V-TAH. Veetah. I ended up calling it the Velveeta.
At any rate, after explaining to my family friend and doctor (who, by the way, delivered by babies and saw me through miscarriage and abuse in my twenties) how much time I was willing to take off for this little inconvenience of a procedure, he actually threw his head back and let out a hearty laugh! He assured me it would be a minimum of 6 weeks. And, I would not be driving for quite a while. Most of the rest of what he said sounded a little bit like the Charlie Brown parents and teachers. Until he said those four dreaded words:
I’m not sure if you hear that, but I distinctly hear the sound of two large locomotives colliding at extremely high rates of speed.
Why? Why the “Velveeta?” The reason? My uterus is about the size of a 7 and a half month pregnant woman’s uterus. Close to 22 centimeters and it’s increasing in size. Because the bloodwork isn’t favorable, they do not want to create incisions to open the organ. It will be a surgery like the ones they used to call the Ol’ Doc in for on Little House on the Prairie. I can just imagine Doc riding up in a covered wagon rig with a cloud of dust in his hind-path to do this surgery in a little A-frame house.
Wait, I think I hear the locomotives again.
So, here we are! Scheduled in a few days for pre-op and for July 26 for a Veetah.
I am reminded that my God is so big, so strong and so mighty. There’s nothing MY GOD cannot do! And, John 16:33 – Fear not.
I’ll be fine. I just need to process this and get a bunch of stuff in order! And, let my bosses know I am going to be working from home a while, it appears.
Have any of YOU had a Velveeta? Tell me all the tips and tricks! Oh! I found some very cool unmentionables I will post about a little later on – helpful things for post-surgery comfort.
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