Susan & Steven Shepherd
Oct 10, 2008
6 cm on each side
But then when I turned 40, I came across a forum of other women who
had reversals. It was a God thing that led me there. I at first
started to explore two prominent doctors in the US. It was
then I realized that a reversal could actually be possible. But at
the time, I didn’t know what type of ligation I had done, or even if
I was too old. After contemplating over it for many months, I got
the nerve to call my OB/GYN back from when I had my son in Florida.
I later found out that I would be good candidate for a tubal
reversal, and that my FSH levels for my age were good at 6.0.
But there were a few problems. First, my husband did not want
another child. Second, even if he did, coming up with the funds (one
doctor was $6,200 alone) would have been a challenge for us. I spoke
to my husband, and he said, “No way”. I gave up on the idea of ever
getting it done.
I met a friend online and we decided we would have the surgery together. I was very nervous because I was traveling for the first time internationally, and I am also an Interstitial Cystitis patient, but everything worked out fine. Marcus picked us up at the airport. It was a short ride from there with no hold up at the border. I did run into complications with vomiting a lot after the surgery, but I had no complications from my interstitial Cystitis symptoms itself. The catheter did not even flare my condition up, amazingly. The hospital was clean and the nurses were nice. I did not feel the IV or the epidural. The nurses still spoke choppy English – enough to be understood. The doctors spoke very good English. The food was good and the care was excellent. Dr. Levi said my surgery was a success with 6 cm on each side. The only thing I would have changed was to have brought a international cell phone. My cell carrier did not work there, but the staff made a call to the USA for me so I could reach my husband.
Now that I am back and recovered, I find that some days I am ready to give up on trying to conceive (getting the reversal is just one part of the journey). I am not able to get an HSG due to having an impossible cervix that no doctor can reach. So now I have only faith and God to rely on. The most miraculous thing about all this, is that through my bouts of discouragement over not being able to conceive lately, God has changed my husband’s heart. On the days that I am weak, he is now my biggest supporter. His words to me now are, “I’m not giving up until we get another child. I haven’t given up in faith.” He even has plans to purchase a DVD camcorder “just in case” a miracle happens.
I will send an update should we become pregnant.
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