Confession: I have not been back to the gynocologist since my hysterectomy.
I went to my post-op oncology appointment, but that was it.
My gynocologist wrote me a prescription for a year of low dose hormones, but those ran out. And I knew I couldn't get more refills without an appointment (that was long overdue) but I just couldn't bring myself to make an appointment. Just picking up the phone to call filled me with anxiety. So, I put it off.
This afternoon I finally did it. I called for an appointment.
Out of nowhere tears started streaming down my face as I did it. I really wasn't expecting that.
They wanted to know why I was making the appointment and just talking about the hysterectomy stirred stuff up in me. They realized how long it had been and commented on that. I then started babbling on about anxiety and pregnant people sitting in the waiting room. (To a fellow infertile that makes sense. I'm not sure the person on the phone had any idea what I was talking about.)
I asked if I could bring my baby to the appointment because I didn't have anywhere else for him to go. I said he could just sit in his stroller. She asked how old he was and then said it's no problem. That was the end of the conversation.
I hung up and started bawling. There was just so much emotion stirred up in me.
A minute goes by and the phone rings. I saw it was the gynocologist office so I answered it despite my crying. It was the end of the day so I didn't want to risk not being able to call them back and find out what they wanted.
It was another woman this time. She said they wanted to get a little more information as to why I was making the appointment so they knew what kind of appointment to book me for.
But I quickly realized the real reason they were calling is because I freaked them out by saying I have a 10 month old baby. (Which, in hindsight, is a little funny.)
She said "We have no record of you having a baby."
Uh, yeah, I had a hysterectomy a year and a half ago so I obviously did not give birth to my 10 month old.
Meanwhile, by the way, I am full on crying through this whole conversation, so I felt like I had to address the obvious sobs.
I told her I have a lot of anxiety about this appointment. And going back into this office will bring up a lot of old feelings. I used to go there to get pregnant. Now I have no uterus.
She said something about how I am a mother now.
Which is totally valid and I understand her perspective. But, not having been through what I have, she can't fully understand why having a baby doesn't magically make all that pain go away.
Things moved very quickly from infertility patient to cancer diagnosis and radical hysterectomy.
I have not been back there since.
We were well into the adoption process at the time I was diagnosed, but again, that didn't make it any easier.
As I cried and talked about it a little more, she really got it and said it is understandable after everything I have been through.
She asked if I wanted a new doctor, which wasn't AT ALL what I wanted. My doctor was amazing with giving me my diagnosis and talking me through all the surgery decisions when my oncologist was a self absorbed asshat.
She asked if I wanted my doctor to call me before my appointment to check in, which was an amazing offer. I really appreciated that. When my doctor called me with me diagnosis, she actually gave me her cell phone number in case I needed her. She really went above and beyond.
The way this all hit me...just from one phone call to the office...I am worried about going to this appointment. It's going to be so hard.
I feel like I have some sort of infertility post traumatic stress.