Well, now my uterus is so clean you can eat off of it. Though I'm not quite sure you want to. But good to know it's now an option, anyway.
I've just completed my 10-day uterine washes (lavages, since they like to pretend it's a fancy French procedure or something), and 12 days of IV antibiotics. DH finishes his high dose of oral antibiotics on Sunday, and he finished his 10 prostate injections today. Woo Hoo! We are now beginning Phase II: 2 months of oral antibiotics (lower dose, but still probably enough to clean dozens of horse's uteruses... uteri? Whatever.)
The best news? I was concerned that we may be out of the game for a long time. I had heard from other Dr. Toth patients that it can take up to 9 months for the immune system to fully recuperate after the treatment, and was thinking he would tell us to wait 9 months. Well, it DOES take up to 9 months to fully recuperate, BUT there is no harm or disadvantage to TTC before the 9 months. Basically, he just said that with each passing month the chances get better and better up to 9 months (after finishing orals). Sooooo....??? The BIG NEWS of the day is that we can TTC again after our orals, at the end of January!! YIPPEE!!!! I feel like I got an early Christmas present when he told us this!
He did recommend a post-coital test in January, and an HSG, though the former is more important since I've already done 2 HSGs fairly recently (one selective which I know unblocked the partial blockages that the other showed I "didn't" have). He also wants me to have an u/s of the secretory-phase endometrium, to check that the lining is nice and thick, and 3 layers deep. Then? We'll have all of our ducks lined up, and KNOW that nothing is standing in our way! (OK, now I have that cheesy 80's song in my head, "Nothing's gonna stop us now." That song is almost as bad as the movie it is highlighted in, Mannequin. Andrew McCarthy, WHAT were you thinking?)
I am so incredibly STOKED right now! I mean, here I was thinking I'd have to wait until November of next year!! This fear was coupled with the fact that we recently discovered my Grandma's colon cancer is back, and more aggressive this time around. We know there's no getting rid of it this time, and now we are just buying her time. It's been a rough few days around here, but on top of everything I was feeling so horrible that I may not be able to show her the miracle she's been praying so hard for, which she specifically wanted to stay on this Earth to see. (See my earlier blog about Grandma.)
But she is out of the hospital and back home today, after a pretty painful procedure getting her stint (sp?) put in her kidney through her back. (They couldn't go in through the front because the cancer spread to her bladder and was causing so much bleeding when they tried.) She is still sounding strong and like herself. Her exact words when I called to speak to her today were, "Well... I guess God never gives us what we can't handle." She is truly amazing. Please say a prayer for her health for me. Thank you.
And the best part of my evening still remains... I get to SHOWER tonight!! I've been taking baths, and washing my hair like every other day (it's quite the undertaking with only 1 free arm that can get wet, let me tell you). Not that I need to bathe at all, since I'm so loaded up on antibiotics I could probably jump in the East River and it would turn crystal clear. Seriously, I SMELL like antibiotics. I'm oozing it out of every orifice at this point. I am no longer a dirty whore. I am a clean whore. And don't you forget it.