We started our FET protocol a few weeks ago and we’re getting ready for an embryo transfer later next week.
And now I find myself unexpectedly admitted to the hospital — after days of debilitating stomach pains and multiple doctor visits — with a diagnosis of pancreatitis.
Monday I got my flu shot, and we spent the night trick-or-treating with friends.
Tuesday morning I felt a little off, but figured it was from the flu shot.
By Tuesday night I had terrible stomach pains, and extreme bloating. I was convinced there was some sort of IVF-related complication.
Sleep was impossible. On more than one occasion I almost got up, got dressed and took myself to the ER but then got lazy or repositioned, etc.
I called my RE first thing Wednesday morning and walked them through all my symptoms. They felt like it was probably a GI issue and asked me to call my GP.
Went to see her in the afternoon and her exam indicated it was a uterine or ovarian issue, and to call my RE back and ask for an ultrasound.
Sleep Wednesday night was even worse than Tuesday, but my doctor assured me it wasn’t appendicitis or anything and I figured I should just wait it out until I could get to the RE.
My RE saw us early this morning and confirmed that my uterus was perfect, and my ovaries looked just fine. But they felt pretty strongly that it was my appendix, so we headed to the hospital.
Abdominal exams, CT scans, and sonograms later, I have pancreatitis. The usual causes? Are gall stones (I have none) or alcoholism (not me) so they’re a little stumped as to why, but we can worry about that some other time I guess.
Twelve hours later, I’m still here, admitted to my own room, hooked up to IV fluids and getting pain meds every few hours.
Nothing to eat or drink until tomorrow, since anything in your stomach basically lights your pancreas on fire.
I’m feeling better, and glad to finally have a diagnosis. They tell me I should be able to proceed with my FET if I feel up to it, which is still to be determined.
The last time I was in this hospital though, I was also in the ER following a terrible car accident — a mere three days into my FET cycle that brought us Gus.
So I can’t help but look at a trip to the same hospital, the same ER, a few days before another transfer as a good omen, regardless of the circumstances.