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Good against a cramps is one thing... - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
Good against a cramps is one thing...
... good against infertility is something else.

It started late last night, the as pink staining on the toilet paper. There were no cramps then. This morning we're going full throttle. There are cramps now, but they are nothing like the cramps of before. I can say that Yoda's lightsaber has done me some good in that regard at least.

One of the things that makes endometriosis so darn hard to diagnos without laproscopy is the fact that its impossible to judge pain levels across differnent individuals. If someone reports that they are in a lot of pain, how much is that? If two people with the same condition report different amounts of pain, are they actually feeling different amounts of pain, or is one just whimpier than the other? Short of scanning people's brains while they're feeling said pain its hard to narrow down. I once played in an assassin game that had a torture mechanic, and my character had the highest pain threshold of anyone in the game. I'd like to think of myself as like that character, impervious to all but the worst, but I'm realistic enough to realize that the truth is probably less flattering. Thus, when I complained of cramps before, I didn't know if my really were bad, or if I was just being a big whimp. Post lap, I am now leaning towards the 'they really were pretty bad' because they are a whole lot better now.

The problem with endometriosis is that its nigh impossible to get rid of all of it. Yoda is a master of the lightsaber, but I'm sure there are small bits that he missed. Its the nature of the beast. Whether he got rid of enough that I can get pregnant remains to be seen, but it was worth the surgery to get the cramps reduced, even if that effect turns out to be temporary. Either way, we'll see what happens.

(Bonus points available for the first person to identify the Star Wars quote I adapted for this one.)

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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 20th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Han: "Good against remotes is one thing. Good against the living, that's something else."

Keeping my fingers crossed...
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: July 20th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Correct! Only I don't know who the points go to...
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: July 20th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are these like davehenry points?

(It wasn't me.)
enugent From: enugent Date: July 20th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops - that was me. Didn't realize I wasn't logged on at home.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: July 20th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Reframing

Maybe you should think of this as cycle B1 rather than 28, since your insurance company does.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: July 20th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reframing

Yes, I've heard people say that you should start counting over everytime you get a new diagnosis/start a new course of treatment. Maybe that works for some people, but its not going to make the 27 months worth of angst go away for me. Of course it helps that I know someone who was trying for longer and ultimately successful.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: July 20th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reframing

its not going to make the 27 months worth of angst go away for me

When I keep reminding myself how long we've been trying I make myself feel even worse, so I don't track the number of cycles. (The number would be something over 60)

Whatever works for you.
remcat From: remcat Date: July 21st, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reframing

(*gasp*)

Rachel, momentarily gaining an instant of perspective.

(*sigh*)

Counting usually helps me too. I couldn't *NOT* do it, the (comparitively) brief times I was actively TTC. Yet, counting definitely increased my awareness and stress levels. For me, counting is a way to keep a handle on things, to feel as though I have some control.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: July 21st, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I weren't so lazy, I'd find the study that indicated that people with red hair have lower average pain tolerance.

Obviously I mean naturally red hair. Dyeing your hair doesn't affect pain tolerance. I hope.
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