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Entry #4 ~ February 26, 2002
~ Great Expectations

Greetings from post-op land!

I am so happy to report Brad's surgery went very well! The spermatic vein ligation was performed on February 11. As of today, he feels very good and has very little pain. We weren't exactly sure what to expect from the procedure and it's probably a good thing! Brad was in a great deal of pain and discomfort after his surgery. He also has a very large scar on his abdomen. This procedure requires the doctor to tie off enlarged veins running from the kidneys to the testicles. The enlarged veins allow too much blood flow to the testicles, which makes the environment insufficient to create sperm. To correct those veins, they make an incision in the abdomen, gaining access to the veins running close to the kidneys. Brad's incision starts about 3 inches below his belly button and then runs 6 inches to his left. He has been such a trooper! I am so lucky to have this man as my husband! We go back to the urologist in three months for another semen analysis. Hopefully, we will be able to see some improvement by then.

We received very sad news the day of Brad's surgery. His parents called to tell us that Brad's Grandpa Lloyd had died early that morning. This was quite a shock to our family. We know Grandpa is with His Lord. Luckily, Brad was well enough to attend the funeral. We both felt privileged to be there to honor this wonderful man. I had a friend tell me that maybe it wasn't a coincidence that Grandpa Lloyd went to heaven the morning of Brad's surgery. Perhaps he has gone ahead to pick out a new baby soul just for us!

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Brad and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this year. I asked Brad the other day what he was going to get me for our anniversary. He replied, "A baby." I tried not to act too emotional after that! I am truly blessed! There are so many people in my life who have been blessed with new babies and pregnancies. It is hard to remember my turn will come. We have waited so long. Some cycles are easier than others. Now that we've had surgery, I'm still trying to keep my "hopes" in check. I think we are both cautiously optimistic, though!

I plan on contacting my RE next cycle to see if he wants to address my low progesterone. I would like to deal with any issues I may have in preparation for good results from Brad's test in May. I plan to return to charting my basal body temperatures next cycle as well. It's like we're starting all over again, but this time we're smarter!

I am still preparing for my job change on April 1. I am very excited about it! My office has hired my replacement and I will start training her in a few weeks. Hopefully, that will make the time fly by! I am also in a wedding in March. I get to stand up with one of my dearest friends the day she is married. It is going to be a beautiful ceremony and I love my dress! I'll have to post pictures.

I have received so many wonderful e-mails from those of you who read my journal. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the support. It's been an emotional few weeks. I have often felt myself slipping into a funk, but your words encourage me. I look forward to sharing the news of my pregnancy with you all very soon!

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