Today I had another heart appointment and it went very well!
This appointment ended up being WAY later than anticipated – this is actually a follow up after my whole sternum issue. Yeah, if you are doing the math, it is 2 months later! Although, I was completely okay with it because I was not having anymore sternum issues anyway.
My appointment was at the new Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in the pediatric department – WOW. It is BEAUTIFUL in there! I felt a little odd again, considering I am in my late 20s, at the peds office. Never fails that I get a few weird looks – other patients I think were wondering where my “child” was. Really this appointment was rather routine, but I was thankful I had it.
My doctor has NO reservations for me with regards to the procedures I need to go through for retrieving my eggs! That got me excited! I do not have to be on any blood thinners or antibiotics. Also, however Dodds wants to retrieve the eggs, whether by putting me partially out or completely out, she has no reservations. I find that very encouraging! My doctor was more than excited for Dan and I to hear about our possibilities. In fact, she wants me to keep her posted on how it is going, for which I am thankful – she is a great lady.
As for my sternum issues. She thinks that I may have had costochondritis for awhile – it just hasn’t flared up before, like it did 2 months ago. It is a common issue, so she really has no big concerns, except that it may happen again someday. She said it’s kind of like arthritis (am I getting old or what?), but different. It’s purely an inflammation of the tissue. She has no reason to believe that that issue has anything to do with my heart, but it has everything to do with my sternum. She is going to leave the loose wire put for now, which I am okay with. She said if I start to have localized pain, to call most definitely. I told her the pain I’ve been having though, is all throughout the sternum, which is costochondritis. Every now and then I will move weird and sometimes after I exercise, I can feel it. But again, I don’t want anything done at this point and it is most definitely something I can live with! I know my limitations and I know what causes inflammation – especially reaching under that dumb counter – never again I say!
I was so thankful to hear that we can continue moving forward with a green light, with the gestational carrier process – that my heart will not effect anything. Yeah a low-risk with the hormones, but she is not concerned. Praise God for that wonderful news! Not that I thought she would say no, but I wanted to know my risks – and there are barely ANY! So thankful!
Well, I believe that is enough of an update…I have to go back in 6 months for another check up. Praise God for great news today! This is just one more step in the process of making this gestational carrier process happen!
BTW…as for heart surgery…no timeframe yet, which is okay with me at this point.