So, with surgery a week away, I met with my gyno/surgeon yesterday for my pre-op (you may have already read the details). But as I was driving to work today, I realized I forgot to mention one important fact. One that he mentioned to me the second I sat down in his office, before we got to the nitty-gritty.
He asked for my full attention and stated plainly that this surgery may take away my pain, it may not make a difference, or it may even make my pain worse. He will do everything that he can to make me feel better, but he cannot promise it will. And he asked if I understood what he just said.
I did. And it’s true. And I value him all the more for his blatant honesty (although I know he probably has to tell everyone that to cover his own butt).
I will repeat it:
- It may take away my pain;
- It may not make one lick of difference; and
- It may make my pain worse.
It’s a fact of life. There is no guarantee this procedure will help. And there’s a chance that it may increase my pain. Abdominal surgeries are notorious for causing adhesions to form, which may increase pain and discomfort. And there’s no guarantee that the removed Endo lesions won’t return. There is no cure.
Going into this with my head high and full of positive mojo.