May 17, 2017 9:40pm CST
I've mentioned before that I have three (well, technically four) surgical procedures coming up in the near future: surgery to treat endometriosis (which will possibly result in a total hysterectomy with the removal of my ovaries,) hernia repair surgery (assuming the surgeon agrees to fix it,) and vein ablation (which will have to be done one leg at a time, resulting in two separate procedures.) It seems like everything is getting scheduled all at once and it's frankly overwhelming. Today the vein specialist's office called wanting to schedule my ablation for my right leg on June 6th. I wasn't expecting it to be scheduled so soon, especially not knowing yet when the gynecological oncologist will want to get me in for surgery. I have a consultation with him on this coming Tuesday. I'm not sure if I'll have to sign consent forms and then wait a month before he can perform anything, which is what happened last time with my diagnostic laparoscopy. My gynecologist needed consent to remove my reproductive organs if necessary, but since this is a new doctor I don't know if I'll have to sign my consent and then wait another month all over again. In that case, I suppose I'll be able to have the issue with my legs taken care of in the meantime, but if he wants to go ahead and perform the surgery sooner than that, I'm going to have to reschedule some things. It's frustrating because I have been waiting months and months to get all of these issues taken care of, and when things finally get moving it's like it all gets piled on at once. I don't want to have back to back surgeries, and my boyfriend can't keep taking off work for them. I don't want to keep postponing stuff either, though, and it's difficult to know which one should be prioritized. Obviously endometriosis is the more pressing health issue, but if I'm going to be down for a few weeks recovering from that surgery, I don't want to have to worry about blood clots because I have bad veins in my legs. I also don't want to be worrying about my intestines getting caught in the femoral hernia because everything will be shifting around in there if I have a hysterectomy. I guess I'll have to discuss everything over with the various specialists and decide what needs to be taken care of sooner and what can wait.
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