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18 May 2008 @ 04:20 pm
The not-so-good news  
In my last (non-meme) entry, I mentioned that some not-so-good things were happening.

Well, it turns out that the not-so-good news is not really too bad. We think. kateyule has been having some Female Troubles, and got an ultrasound, which apparently shows she has a large uterine fibroid.

We've done some web research and learned that fibroids are common, almost certainly not cancerous, and treatable. Treatment options range from doing nothing, to drugs, to surgery, to hysterectomy, depending. The doctor says that Kate should see a gynecologist in the next couple of weeks but there's no reason not to go to Wiscon. She has an appointment for June 2.

We are hoping that this will not impact Kate's trip to Mexico or my trip to Taos in June. More news as it happens.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on May 18th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
That is not so bad, in particular that there's no reason for her not to go to Wiscon.
pats_quinade on May 18th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear about it. Good luck to everyone.
billeylerbilleyler on May 18th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
lauriemannlauriemann on May 19th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
They can be a pain, but, for the most part, they shouldn't interfere with your plans.

Good luck!
csinman on May 19th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm relieved to hear it's treatable and non-cancerous!

Would you both like me to send you some of my good luck? I think it's transferable by snailmail, but I'd have to look it up to be sure.
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on May 19th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Good luck to you and Kate.
Amy Sissonamysisson on May 19th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it's quite treatable. And yes, it is quite common! Here's hoping that dealing with it is as smooth and painless as possible.
scarlettinascarlettina on May 19th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad Kate can go to Wiscon. If the doctor's not too concerned, then it seems to me like it's not so bad, which is good. I'll watch for news as it unfolds, however, and keep you both in my thoughts.
Brenda Cooperbjcooper on May 19th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
Well, not too bad a bogey monster, all in all
Scary, though. Hope you both are okay and that it turns out to be pretty easy to deal with. I think it's common for us women getting older - I've had a few other friends so plagued.
Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewritermatthewsrotundo on May 19th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it's nothing worse than that. Tracy and I send our best to both of you.
Josh English: wizardjoshenglish on May 19th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
It probably won't. I'm sending an email to you to forward to Kate about this.
joycemocha on May 19th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Um, well, I came into being in part due to an early fibroid treatment on my mother (D and C).

She eventually had a hysterectomy when she hit menopause. I've not had any signs of fibroids myself, though I did have signs of endometriosis.

Best wishes to Kate and you in surviving this!
Will Martinairporter on May 19th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Hugs to you both. It's no fun to have questions, but the information you've got so far is good news. My fingers are folded over one another and I'm sending good thoughts your way. :)
KMSvgqn on May 19th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
I'll join the me too chorus. They're mostly just an irritant, though they affect people differently. The kind that cause super heavy bleeding could be a real hassle. Thinking good wishes at you!
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Kate: declutteringkateyule on May 19th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Losing 26 pounds would be a fun upside to this.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 19th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
I forgot to put in my post to David, but the fibroids love sugar, its what they use to grow, so if you can, decrease your sugar intake. Starve the buggers.
Smofbabesmofbabe on May 19th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
*whew* Glad you got a benign answer to a worrisome problem. My mom had large uterine fibroids for a few years and they weren't much of an issue. I've got small ones that my dr is keeping an eye on but feels that the surgery is worse than just monitoring.

The main thing to watch for is that they don't start interfering with other stuff too much but I wouldn't think that she would have to do anything immediate about it, especially now that they know what's going on.

Hang in there both of you, and have fun on your trips!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 19th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
my best to Kate, and if you can convince her doctors, get them to do the test where they dye the tumors and see how many of them there really are, and their exact locations.

My fibroids were dissmissed and ignored, so I have the extreme tales of medical stupidity to snark about, the biggest issues are, 1. they travel to blood rich sources if they feel like it, and 2. The Bladder is in a precarious position in relation to the Uterus, who is really a pushy bitch about space.
Carlcarl_allery on May 19th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Ditto best wishes. Glad you'll both make WisCon.
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KMSvgqn on May 19th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
I suspect you've mostly heard the more extreme stories because those of us living with boring, unobtrusive fibroids don't have much to say on the subject.
farmgirl1146farmgirl1146 on May 19th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I second that.
Katekateyule on May 19th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
There is that. Y'know, given the stats I found on how common this is, I thought that David's post about this would draw a lot of fellow-travelers out of the woodwork.

OK, wretched sentence, but you know what I mean, right?
farmgirl1146farmgirl1146 on May 19th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
David, Please give my love and a wish for lots of luck to kateyule.
Ulrikaakirlu on May 19th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Well fingers crossed for good medical outcomes. I'm so sorry you guys have had this scare, though, and I'm so glad it isn't something worse.
Golobangoloban on May 19th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I just got on to update and check in and read your post. Good health and luck to Kate, and I'll be thinking of her, sending as many good thoughts as I can. I can't say that I'm anything like an expert on these things, but from the other posts it looks as if the prognosis, while not perfect, is relatively upbeat. Love and best wishes to both of you.
mcjuliemcjulie on May 20th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Good wishes for both of you
Best of luck.
katybeth on May 20th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it sounds not terribly serious. I hope treatment is straightforward, and does not affect planned trips for either of you.