I've never even heard of that before.

(Superdad you're going to want to skip this post because it's about my doctor visit.)

Today I went to my OB-GYN for my yearly check-up. Yeah, yeah I know it's been two years since I had to pay someone to feel me up. I thought that since I turned 36 I might as well get a physical (CHECK) and get my pap smeared (CHECK). Ha ha.

I thought it would be easy as pie, pun intended, and then I'd come home and cook dinner. No, such luck.

My hemoglobin is low. 9.9 low. Normal is 11, I believe.

I weigh 127, which is a lot less than the last time I was there. I told her I wasn't dieting that I just eat like I always do. She was puzzled by that. Then she did my exam. It was very tender for her pushing on my uterus. She told me that in fact my uterus was swollen.

I'm losing blood, but where.

She told me to come home and look up “Adenomyosis” and read about it.
Mayo Clinic had this to tell me:

Adenomyosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue, which normally lines the uterus, is present within and grows into the muscular walls of the uterus. This is most likely to happen late in your childbearing years and after you've had children.
Adenomyosis isn't the same as endometriosis — a condition in which the uterine lining becomes implanted outside the uterus — although women with adenomyosis often also have endometriosis. The cause of adenomyosis remains unknown, but the disease typically disappears after menopause. For women who experience severe discomfort from adenomyosis, there are treatments that can help, but hysterectomy is the only cure.
Although adenomyosis can be quite painful, the condition is generally harmless.

So, after reading all that I just get stuck on the word HYSTERECTOMY. If this is what's going on in my uterus then am I prepared for a hysterectomy?

She wants to do a vaginal ultrasound to see what's going on. They were going to schedule one next week but I'm not going to be in town so I'll have it done the following week.


Then I think “What if it's something else?” Could it be cancer?? You know all the usual questions that go through your mind when your doctor finds your uterus swollen.

So, I get to take iron and wait.


Monica said…
I still think you should come back and do the ultra sound.
Missing a few days of vacation is not going to kill your family. It would take a load of worry off to go ahead and find out what's wrong.

You have not been to the dr in 2 years its not worth letting this keep on going.
Keshia said…
I'm with Monica! Get it over with! You won't be able to enjoy vacation with the worry and neither will your family. Many prayers to you and your uterus!
jhitomi said…
Hi, arrived here from the 365 days giveaway site. Hope all goes well with this. Sounds like it could end up being nothing, but they just want to be sure. I have heard blackstrap molasses is good for low iron conditions, as well as eating more red meat.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com
Supermom said…
Thanks guys. I'm not even worrying about it until we know what the ultrasound shows.

I'm going to enjoy my vacation !!!!