For the last year my youngest sister was having some tummy problems... literally, it was growing like a summer watermelon. Doctor visit after Doctor visit the conclusion was always related to the digestion of food or rather lack of digestion. CAT scan, x-rays...you name it, and she had it done. All the prescribed solutions we were getting from the doctor weren't improving her condition or the pain, and my sister was getting discouraged. Her stomach was expanding by the week. It looked strangely like a pregnancy, which was ruled out 10 times. About two weeks ago, she was sent to see a OBGYN, as a precaution after seeing a stomach specialist, after more tests and x-rays were done. This time the diagnoses was different, and concise. She had a 12 lbs cysts the size of a volleyball growing around one of her ovaries. It was a relief rather than a discouraging blow, but it still blows my mind that it took over 9 months of Doctor visits to discover. At least we knew what was going on and there was a solution on the horizon. She went in for her operation on Tuesday and is recovering wonderfully. I so want to post a picture of it, because it looks like something out of a SCIFI movie, but I won't post it because it looks like something out of a SCIFI movie. Lesson learned: follow your intuition. We all knew something wasn't right, and we just kept sending her back for second opinions. If you think something is wrong and are concerned keep getting information. We nearly diagnosed her ourselves with the help of the Internet.
Man, if that were a teen life prep class...talk about effective. I bet my shooting finger, her view of Pregnancy and Motherhood isn't laced with fairy tale honey. She got a real dose of: Sleepless nights, achy back, frequent bathroom visits, indigestion, and even a 11 inch vertical, stapled exit wound.