Ok. The parents are at the airport, the boyos are off playing, and I am typing on my spankin' new laptop from the comfort of my bed.
I took advantage of the free babysitting and went for my annual exam. My PRN had some bad news for me, though it wasn't really news, since I was expecting it.
My endometriosis is back in full swing and gaining. For those of you who aren't familiar with the disease, it is endometrial tissue that grows and spreads cancer-like, in the pelvic region. It swells and bleeds and irritates the body, whose defense is to create scar tissue around the rogue tissue. It is very painful, and can lead to all sorts of problems like infertility (been there done that) and damaged and fused organs, not to mention debilitating pain as it progresses.
So. I've got some decisions to make.
A) Go with straightforward surgery which is the traditional route but that can leave painful scar tissue, and will have to be repeated in five years -- less if I'm unlucky.
B) Go with the new chemo treatment, whose side-effects are nausea, lethargy, eye damage, limb weakness, hot-flashes, bone-density loss (osteoporosis) mood swings, depression and other shit I can't remember. Oh, and the co-pay is $140 per injection. I need a minimum of six. And its effects last about 5 years as well.
C) Go with both, chemo first.
D) Try acupuncture and herbs.
Insurance covered the surgery before. But that was under the umbrella of infertility treatments, and the endo was actually an incidental discovery.
My doc and PRN are pushing for the chemo. Me, I'm not so sure.
Never tried acupuncture.
I'm beat. My parents' visit was exhausting. More about that later. I'm not really feeling much right now.