Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blood Work Results

The nurse called me today with the results from Thursdays blood draw. She said that it is consistent with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Which I pretty much expected, as I have a lot of the symptoms (overweight, thinning hair, acne, etc). I somehow didn't know that it goes hand in hand with diabetes. She said that I have pre-diabetes. Really, I'm not surprised about that either, because diabetes runs in the family. The only reason that surprised me is because I was tested for diabetes last year, and didn't have it.

The next step is an ultrasound, which isn't scheduled yet. The nurse she would have the receptionist call to schedule an appointment, but I guess it was too late in the day, so hopefully she will call tomorrow. If not, I'll call them. To schedule it around my period and Clint's work schedule, it will either be April 7th, 8th, 14th, or 15th. Of course I'm hoping we can get in the earlier dates, but then it won't work if my period is late (they don't want to do it during that time of the month), so maybe the later dates would be better. We'll see.
The ultrasound will be to check for cysts.

My prediction for treatment (based on googling and talking to others who have PCOS) is diet & exercise, weight loss, and probably a drug called Metformin. If I wasn't trying to get pregnant, they would probably put me on birth control. There is a chance he will do that anyway, I think. I know I've heard of getting on the pill for a few cycles to regulate before starting to TTC. Of course, I'm rooting for the Metformin! But I will do whatever Dr. O. reccommends!

How am I feeling about all this? Really good! I have thought for a long time that I probably have PCOS, so it's nice to know for sure. And you can't treat a problem until you know what the problem is, so I'm happy to have a problem to treat! It would have been really disappointing if they had said that my blood was fine, and they have no idea what our problem is. Know what I mean?

It is kinda weird to think that I've had this since puberty. Looking back, it explains a few things. Like when I was 15 and my hair started thinning. And when I ws 17 (and a virgin) and didn't have a period for 4 months. It's just weird to think it's been there all along, and I had no idea. Also, it's weird that they say that it runs in the family. I'm pretty sure my mom didn't have it since she didn't have trouble having Chris & I. But I take so much after my dads mom. Maybe she had it. She only had one biological child (my dad). Maybe that's why and I just never heard about it, or maybe she never knew it.

Well anyway, it is dinner time. TTFN!


  1. Ah poo!! Well, Like you say.. it's an answer! Now we can get to a solution!

  2. I'm very glad they were able to get you some answers! Sounds like it's a manageable thing also. I'm glad you are so positive about it.

  3. Glad they got you some answers!! Now, instead of walking to and back from the store, we have to start running :) I hope I at least made you laugh or crack a smile.

  4. Aw, Janessa. I'm sorry it's PCOS but you can join me in the club now. And like you said, it's treatable and not the end of the world. Hang in there girl, nothing but good things are in store for you now! <3 Amanda