Sunday, March 29, 2009

Moving forward

Lucky for me, my buddy Gaia (forgot to ask if I can use her name) is free for the festival this week. Yay! Look forward to lots of phallic photos early next week...mwahahaha.

Speaking of the midst of the Plague last week, Josh and I had our first appointment with a gynecologist to start sorting out our pregnancy problem. It was tough to talk to a doctor about anything besides the demons screaming out of my digestive system, but we had waited months for this appointment and didn't want to let it go.

The doctor was really great; a young woman who has been in Japan about as long as we have. She ruled out a couple of things that had worried me - PCOS, or poly-cystic ovary syndrome, can prevent pregnancy but wouldn't cause repeated miscarriage, for example. We told her our story, and she walked us through a couple of possibilities. Then the lab technicians took about a gallon of my blood, and a teaspoon of Josh's, grr. I had an ultrasound as a matter of course, and we'll meet the doc again at the end of April.

Fingers crossed for something simple, please. Something easily diagnosed and treated, and a baby in 2010.

1 comment:

Anne said...

Hi Em. I know that you posted this month ago, but I wanted to tell you that I have PCOS. Charlie and I were living in VA Beach (when he was still in the Navy) and I was having fainting spells at work, going months without a period and then going months with one. I had seen FIVE different Navy doctors and none of them could figure out what was wrong with me. Until the final one suggested I see a specialist. My supervisor at work recommended a nationally known endocrynologist ( I think that's how it's spelled), a doctor that was invloved with the first test tube baby. I was in good hands!!! After 10 VERY long months of not knowing, I finally knew...and what a relief! I was put on a dose of metformin and another drug whose name is escaping my mind...I wasn't even on it a week and...BOOM...I was pregnant! Although I've never had a miscarriage and don't know how you feel after one, I hope I can at least say I (then) knew what it was like to want a baby so badly and not be able to "make" one. Let me tell you, she was worth the wait and I know that your first little one will be as well!