To start off, I want to update with how my hysteroscopy went on Wednesday. It was easy peasy. The wait is the worst part. After they took me down to get changed, I waited for at least an hour to go back for surgery. It wasn't too bad of a wait because I ended up chit chatting with the woman sitting next to me. You can read about that on my post on The Missing Stork. After surgery, I woke up and was moved to a chair and given crackers and water. I ate my crackers and drank my water while listening to the woman next to me moan and groan. She must've had the same thing done because I heard them talking about giving her a pad to put in between her legs. While they were giving her more pain meds I asked my nurse when I could go home. She said "Right now if you want" and I replied "Yes, I want!"
Mike's varicocelectomy was on Friday. We got there at 7:50am and they brought Mike back at 8:10am. While they were getting Mike changed and the IV in his arm, I was in a waiting room. Good Morning America was on and they had a story on about fertility doctors wanting to lower the amount of twins being born in the United States. Of course I waited 25 minutes to actually hear the story. Right before it came on an old man and two other adults came over and sat by me. OF COURSE they were talking non stop and incredibly loud throughout the entire story. Ugh.
According to the video, twins are 37% more likely to be born premature. Because of the risks, fertility doctors want to start only transferring 1 embryo. You can see the video here: Fertiltiy Help Boom Creates 'Twin Epidemic'. I'm not sure how I feel about this. If 2 embryos are transferred and 1 takes, then what are the chances that 1 would take if transferred? I feel that we are wasting money by having 1 transferred if it doesn't take. Well, my doctor already told me that we are transferring 2 next month, so she can't take that back! ;)
Back to Mike's surgery. So, I got to go back to see him at about 9am. Then they took him back to the surgery area at 9:20am and I had to head to another waiting room. They have a big TV screen that shows a bunch of patient numbers. Mike went from having a name to being patient #SSH-2013-7536. At about 9:40am Mike's dad showed up in the waiting room and kept me company while we waited about 4 more hours. It was nice to have someone there to talk to. :) At 10:30am the screen finally showed that he was in surgery. Then the doctor came to talk to us after the surgery. It was 12:10pm. We were told that everything went well and that he would be in recovery for about an hour and a half. At about 1:25pm we were told to head to the original waiting room. At about 1:35pm we finally were able to go back to see Mike. He looked good. He was wide awake and smiling at me when he first saw me. Mike's dad stuck around for about 15 minutes and then took off. Of course we had some more waiting to do. We finally were able to leave after Mike was able to pee. We were in the car and headed home at about 3:15pm.
The incision is not where it usually is for a varicocelectomy because of how many veins were involved. The incision is about 1.5-2 inches and above his pubic area, not below the scrotum. They were able to pull all the veins up by pulling a certain cord connected to the veins. The doctor then tied off the veins so they would essentially die off and pushed the veins back down. Mike has some swelling down there, but he is doing well. He has been taking his meds, laying horizontal, and occasionally icing the area. I am taking good care of him. :)