Getting My Excision Laparoscopy

So I was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis in March 2021 because an ultrasound technician was able to figure out that my cysts were actually Endometriomas. My Endometriomas would grow at an exponential rate each month and was causing me sooooo much pain! I never felt this type of stabbing pain where you felt like you could pass out and would cry in pain and agony all night. For some reason the Endometriomas would flare up at night and you could feel the pain at an exponential rate. For a whole month straight I was unable to sleep! So it affected my daily life as well since I couldn’t sleep well. I took a lof of pain medications during this time and pain medications affect my body negatively.

But I was finally able to get a Laparoscopy at Stanford Hospital with Dr. Deirdre Lum in July 2021. I was so lucky to be able to get pushed up to get my laparoscopy. I was in so much pain that I felt like I seriously couldn’t live with the pain anymore. Dr. Lum is so busy and actually specializes in doing Endometriosis Surgeries so just getting an appointment with her initially took forever! So I was so thankful that she squeezed me in to do my surgery.

I went to Stanford in the morning and didn’t leave until 9PM. The whole team was really nice from the nurses to all the doctors! They really helped ease my anxiety about surgery. The hubby couldn’t be with me since it was COVID times so I literally had to go through the whole experience by myself which was scary. But it was nice that the nurses and doctors were patient and explained everything to me! Dr. Lum’s team had her the attendee, a resident and a medical student and her surgical nurse. Then there was the anesthesia attendee with her resident. The whole team was women which I really thought was bad ass!!

During the surgery it took her 5 hours to get out all the Endometriosis in my bowel, uterus and ovaries! She said it was everywhere and even in my diaphragm. She didn’t get rid of the endometriosis in my diaphragm since we never discussed it since I never mentioned having pain there. My bowels was stuck with my uterus and that was one of the reasons why I was in so much pain! Also I constantly had to pee too cause I had Endometriosis in my vagina. It really affected my whole entire body!

I remember getting pushed into the OR room and getting transferred to this little table and then that was it and waking up in a recovery bed! I didn’t feel a thing and it was actually not as scary as I thought! I woke up feeling dizzy from the anesthesia but was able to pee right away which meant that as soon as I pee I could get discharged! So I peed and then told the nurse I would like to be discharged and then changed and the hubby was already downstairs waiting for me to pick me up to go home!

I was so scared to get the surgery but so glad I did it cause I actually was pain free afterwards and my recovery time was so quick I literally walked around right after my surgery and didn’t need much help. The hubby stayed home to take care of me the first couple of days cause I was on crazy pain meds but I felt fine and didn’t need much assistant. I felt like walking around helped me recover faster instead of just laying in bed all day. With in a week I was pretty much back to normal and didn’t feel any pain.

Now I have 4 small little scars but every time I look at them it reminds me of what a warrior I am and that I can get through anything!

My excisions!

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