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Lil Ass-Kicker’s Long Journey, 2012: The Year of the Diet

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Lil Ass-Kicker’s Long Journey

2011

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In January of 2012, we started going to a nutritionist. We wanted to be healthy, so that anytime I got pregnant, we would be ready. Also, we had both gained a lot of weight after we got married. I weighed 150 lbs! (Oneal still refuses to believe it.) Oneal was at 160, maybe 165 lbs. The nutritionist, Mrs. Buena, measured us all over: thighs, arms, waist, hips, chest, I forget where else. She asked about our eating habits, any allergies and food preferences, family history, and nutrition goals. We explained that we wanted to be healthy so that we had better chances of getting pregnant.

Mrs. Buena prescribed some tests to check our cholesterol, sugar, salt, uric acid, I can’t even remember what else! Based on that, and all the other information she collected, she defined meal plans for me and Oneal. She also gave us notebooks, and sold us a food scale, so we could keep accurate food diaries, and we could list how closely we were keeping to our diet plans.

I think we did pretty well, because by April, we had lost about 20 lbs each!

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It was in May 2012 that Dr. Jayjay suggested we see a fertility specialist. She referred us to her sister-in-law, a gynecologist who specialized in female fertility. We went to see Dr. Gilda Martinez in Medical City, and told her our history. She examined me, and did an ultrasound and a follicle scan, and she gave us a diagnosis: I had a retroverted uterus, and endometriosis. The endometriosis explained the extremely painful menstrual periods I had every month, and the back pain and abdominal cramps that came with the heavy bleeding. I also had polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS) would make it difficult–but not impossible–for me to conceive.

Dr. Martinez asked when I expected my next period, and timed my next appointment accordingly. At our next visit, she did an ultrasound, and found that my ovulation was normal.

Dr. Martinez had us schedule another test, a hysterosalpingogram, where she injected me with dye to check if my fallopian tubes were blocked. It worried me, because it seemed like an invasive procedure. She warned me that I would feel sore afterwards, but other than that discomfort, I should feel no pain. Within a few minutes of examining me, and watching the dye spread through my tubes on the screen, Dr. Martinez pronounced me perfectly fine. Oh, what a relief!

I think I spent more time being anxious about the results, compared to the amount of time I actually spent on the table.

 

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