I had my big fertility testing appointment today. It wasn’t very fun, but I’m definitely glad this process is in full swing. Here is the recap.


Due to a series of L.A. traffic mishaps, we arrived at my appointment five minutes LATE. I felt queasy from the wild ride due to said traffic, and I had the wrong office suite number. (My doc moved recently.) Yet, somehow we made it.

I plopped down, and immediately the nurse (a NEW nurse) called my name. Nurse Newbie took my weight, my blood pressure, and then asked my purpose for the visit. “Saline sonogram and blood work-up,” I said.

She looked at me like I had a third eye. Apparently, she was completely unaware that she was working in a gynecologist’s office. Earth to nurse. Hellooooo.

“A saline sonogram,” I repeated.

Then she made her eyes really wide, and nodded, “Oh yes, a saline sonogram. Of course!” as she trailed off to the receptionist’s desk probably to go google “saline sonogram.”

Awe, shit.

Pardon my French, but why do I always get stuck in these weird situations when I go in to have my vagina inspected? It has happened many times over in numerous different offices. I don’t get it!

So anyway, the next hour involved that old familiar awkwardness, bright lights, some cramping, and me helping direct my own sonogram.

Nurse Newbie was acting as my doctor’s “assistant” for the procedure and I use that term very loosely. I was the assistant! I was repeating cyst measurements from my doctor while Nurse Newbie fumbled with her pen. Stuff was flying to and fro between my legs. Do I get paid for assisting on my own sonogram? I don’t think so.

I’ll stop complaining now, because it’s fruitless, but I had to talk crap about Nurse Newbie for awhile because she was a hot mess.

Moving on…

The doctor saw some abnormal, not-so-great things on the ultrasound, and she wanted to talk to me about them.

I got dressed, then waited for what seemed like an eternity (a.k.a. fifteen minutes) for my doctor to see another patient and then meet with me. As I stared at her twelve different diplomas hanging on her office walls, I felt this unrelenting wave of sadness wash over me. Then the tears started to well in my eyes. I think it was nothing more than a little fear, and maybe some anger that there I was, sitting in THE chair, waiting once again for shitty news.

I watched as Nurse Newbie led a bright-eyed Asian couple into the same ultrasound room I had just dragged myself out of. I heard the woman say excitedly, “I’m ten weeks today!” On the very same monitor that I just measured my babies (ovarian cysts), she would measure her baby (fetus).

Stab me in the eye with a dirty syringe. Also, where are the tiny violins when you need them?

My doctor (who is amazing, by the way) finally came back and rescued me from my pity party. I think she could tell I was feeling uneasy.

The long and the short of it is that I will need minor surgery again. The procedure is called a laparoscopy. It is likely I have endometriosis (which I have suspected for quite awhile now). Oh, and I also have a polyp that is annoying and needs to come out.

The laparoscopy will allow my doctor to get up close and personal with my cysts, shake hands with them, and hopefully zap those f*ckers away. Spring cleaning for my nether regions!

And so begins another step in this crazy process. I feel like we are getting closer to where we need to be. It’s been one long-ass ride, and it ain’t even close to being done yet.

Go Team Less than Domestic Baby! ๐Ÿ™‚



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    February 15, 2011

    Glad you got some answers! Good for you for being brave and figuring this out.

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    February 15, 2011

    Sorry to hear you have to have surgery again. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the best! It must feel better to have some answers!

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    Matthew & Rachel Hughes

    February 15, 2011

    Great news in a not so great way. Atleast there is positive light at the end of the tunnel.

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    More Than Rubies

    February 15, 2011

    I am happy for you that the ball is rolling. I hope that the ride is smooth and answers will finally reveal themselves.

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    February 15, 2011

    Sorry that you had a bad experience, but the good news is you have a plan of action, and like you said; you're heading in the right direction. Best of luck! Sending good thoughts your way!

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    February 15, 2011

    Aw, Carly, sorry it was such a bad experience. I'm glad you're taking steps toward where the good stuff starts, though! I'll be thinking about you. Hugs to you.

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    February 15, 2011

    Ugh. At least you have a few more answers. I hate when it feels like the one thing you want more than anything in the world, is still miles away. Fingers crossed that after you get this next procedure over with, a baby will shortly follow!

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    February 15, 2011

    I'm so sorry you have to have surgery again Carly. But I'm glad in the end the doctor had some answers and hopefully this will lead to some very good news!

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    February 15, 2011

    Unforunately, that is the BEST way to get up close and personal w/ girly parts. I had one! Be gentle with yourself during your recovery and try to stay focused on the positive certainties in your life, rather than the uncertain.

    As your going through this process, maybe it'll help you journal all the good things about being a woman (being YOU) that doesn't involve producing babies. You are still an awesome, amazing woman (I'm sure L thinks so too) – regardless of your babymaking capabilities.

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    February 15, 2011

    I'm sorry that you have to have surgery again, but I'm sending lots of love and hugs for a quick recovery! Fingers crossed that you will have good news soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 15, 2011

    I'm sorry you have to go under the scope/knife again. It's good to have some answers/something to move toward, but my heart is out for you.

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    February 15, 2011

    Go team!my fingers remain crossed for you and I hope this long jouney takes a positive swing very very soon!!

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    honey my heart

    February 15, 2011

    oh carly, i'm sorry to hear that you have to have another surgery, but glad that you are in the process of getting where you need to be. you're in my thoughts. go team baby!

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    E @ Oh! Apostrophe

    February 15, 2011

    Thinking of you Carly! I know there is a stinkin' adorable little bebe in your future! XO

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    February 15, 2011

    Thinking of you. I know a few women who have been exactly where you are today and now have healthy happy babies. Hugs.

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    Micah and Catherine

    February 15, 2011

    Sorry you are going through this. I have a friend who is in the same situation you're in now. Hugs

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    February 15, 2011

    thanks for sharing all about your journey to baby… my cousin also had polyps, cysts and abnormal bleeding but she is now the proud mama of 3 kids and on her 4th! i hope you won't be discouraged but know that there is a time for everything…. thanks again for your honesty and willingness to share with your readers about everything… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 16, 2011

    New follower here! Just had to tell ya that I loved the title of your blog! I'm so not a domestic goddess, either!
    Kristina J.

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    brooke @ claremont road

    February 16, 2011

    I'm so sorry for all that you're going through, Carly. I'm thinking of you!!

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    February 16, 2011

    I'm so sorry you have to go through that. I have to have the same surgery/procedure this or next month as well. Let's keep in touch with it, okay? Keep each other calm/sane?

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    February 17, 2011

    Hey girl, sorry about your news but glad you're getting answers and getting things sorted out. You've inspired me to get my chicken ass to a doctor and I'm finally get some answers myself. Just want to let you know that by writing about this you're helping others too. Thinking of you!

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    AmyJean {Relentless Bride}

    February 17, 2011

    The good news is, this could be what is preventing you from conceiving. The better news is that once you get the surgery, it'll be a short time before you can try to conceive and hopefully with the cyst gone, it'll be a great success!!!

    I just posted my surgery recap of my own 3+ inch ovarian cyst (laproscopic removal) and fibroid (resection) procedures including links to pictures my dr. gave me on my blog.

    I had the procedure on Jan. 25th and i've been on my feet for the past few weeks feeling pretty good. I'm goin to be sending you warm wishes and know that you will have a smooth experience like i did.

    Good luck Carly! and email me if you need anything!

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    February 17, 2011

    @Layla: I didn't realize you were waiting to get a lap?! Oh man. Yes, we NEED to be there for each other. We should chat via twitter as our surgery dates get closer. Hugs.

    @Katie: Your comment made my day. I constantly question whether I have the ability to help people through this blog. I'm so happy to hear you going to your doctor and figuring things out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @AmyJean: I'm off to read your surgery re-cap. I think it is all starting to hit me now, a few days later, that I'm getting surgery! Thank you so much for all your support. It means so much! <3

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    kristin ~ Bien Living Design

    February 21, 2011

    So sorry for what you're going through ๐Ÿ™ but, at least they have identified the problem and can go in & fix it! Good luck to you sweetie!!

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    Kimberly Michelle

    February 25, 2011

    I know this is late… but I wanted to just send out a big hug. I'm so happy to hear that you like your doctor and that you're positive about the path you're now on!

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