I’m putting them under a cut, because I know not everyone wants to look at them, but I find them ridiculously fascinating, and I know there are family members and friends who’ve been wanting to see them, so here you go!
There is little to no blood in any of these. They’re just…organs and scar tissue. I dunno. They don’t gross me out, even aside from them being my innards.
There are 12 in all…the first one’s not going under a cut, because it’s the doc’s hand-written summary of the situation, which I’ve attempted to write out a translation of…but I’ve failed a bit. Whatever.
Here’s what it says, approximately:
“Scar is probably endo
If we go after it
-ready for hysterectomy
-colostomy 1% (bowels in bag 3 mos.)
-removed all that was seen except bowel
-probably still endo in scar at back of uterus
#1 3-6 mo.(???)
-leave LTO (1/2)
-hysterectomy and ready for bowel”
(Can’t read his writing, but what he told me what that if the pain doesn’t stop in 3 months, they’re going back in to try to remove the scar tissue, get the remaining endometrium that they couldn’t read because of said scar tissue, and they’ll try to detach my uterus from my bowel.
That’s where the colostomy bag comes in – if they screw up, as I noted before, I will have to poop in a bag attached to my stomach until the damaged bowel heals and they can re-attach everything the way it’s supposed to be.
Regardless of how the bowel situation occurs, the left ovary, left fallopian tube, as much scar tissue as possible will be removed. I’m unsure as to how much of the uterus will be removed at this point. I think that depends a lot on how difficult they find it to detach everything.)
And now for the photos, below a cut, with some explanations for you all. HOORAY!
By the way…ALL of these photos are huge, because of how I scanned them in. I didn’t re-size them, because whatever. You’ll get over it.
Up first is the first photo he took…of my liver. Despite all of the worries by my Lyme doc and my GP, my liver is in fantastic shape:
Next is the area of concern. Basically, this is the spot where I was getting referred pain…when I had exams, this is what hurt the most. You can see some endometrium and scar tissue:
This next photo is the same area, but you’ll notice it’s pressed downward – that’s my surgeon pressing his finger into the area to see what nerves lead there, to check the referred pain and whatnot. It was at this point in the surgical review with me that he told me how impressed he was at how well I pinpointed my pain type:
Aerial view of my uterus? Here you go! (The note says, “do not see top because of scar” – this is literally the only angle that any part of my uterus is visible, because they can’t move it.):
Here’s my left ovary – she of the “wrapped fallopian tube and scar tissue extravaganza.” The straight tube reaching diagonally from the metal instrument (top left of pic) to the lower right of the ovary is the fallopian tube. It’s not supposed to be there. And all of the tissue surrounding the ovary, aside from the tube, is scar tissue:
Now the right ovary, so you can see what it’s mostly supposed to look like (there’s still scar tissue around it, but not enough to make a stink about). Note that you can’t see the fallopian tube – it’s behind everything, like it’s supposed to be:
These next two photos are attached, because they’re of the exact same area. Basically, he was testing to see what happened when he tugged on the uterus. What happened? My bowel moved, like a marionette.
Another hilariously random (to me) photo…my appendix is healthy! YAY!
The next two photos are of the same thing, again, just with one of them close-up. The brown spots are endometriosis, you can see scarring, and that was basically the point of the photo – to show how widespread the endometriosis is/was:
Finally, a full pic of the bottom of the reproductive system, which, upon showing my dad and boyfriend, my surgeon said, “Yeah, THIS is why I can’t see the top of her uterus.” It you check out the left side of the photo and notice how much MORE there is over there, you’ll see the problem – that’s ALL scar tissue. All of it. I have no idea what the bottom of the photo is…I think these were taken from below. If so, that’s my bladder and whatnot, looking up into my body cavity.
I just love the “cannot see” hand-written and pointing to the top of my uterus. It’s like, “LET ME JUST TELL YOU AGAIN WHAT I AM NOT ABLE TO DO, BECAUSE IT’S FRUSTRATING.”
Anyway, there you go. Enjoy.