I feel so blessed to be able to write this testimony.
In 1996 I found myself as a single parent of 3 children. Even though I have always loved children more than anything else in life, I gave up on having more. It seemed that the men I dated loved me or the children but not both. It was difficult, so I had my tubes tied.
In 2000, I met Brian. In 2001 we were married. He knew my tubes were tied, but a couple of weeks after the wedding, he commented that he wished we could have a baby. I must have run out of that room so quickly that all he felt was the wind, and I was on the internet searching to see if I could get my tubes repaired. It took me a while to decide what doctor to use. I did a lot of research and soul searching because from all I had read, I knew I had one chance to get it done right.
I became a member of several online support groups for women who were in my same boat. I met several ladies who I bonded with and consider closer to me than my own sister. I researched and planned and began saving money. Then, a dear friend found herself in need of someone to accompany her to Louisville for her TR and even though we had never met in person, my youngest daughter and I made the drive. The day of her surgery, even though I hate being in hospitals, I felt a sense of peace that was beyond my understanding. After her surgery, Dr. Levin and Venica came out to give me her results and it was like meeting two friends, not a doctor and his assistant. I knew, at that very moment, that these were the only people I would trust to restore my fertility.
I signed up for Dr. Levin’s payment plan and got an extra job delivering newspapers…between that, a 401K loan and my flexible spending account, not to mention a few gifts from my “angels”, 9 months later, I was able to schedule my surgery for April 26, 2004. The day my last payment was mailed, I cried. What a journey this was going to be.
My husband was unable to come to Louisville, so another dear friend from Dr. Levin’s support group (in her last trimester of pregnancy and with very swollen ankles), flew up from Florida and met me there on a Saturday. We did the riverboat dinner cruise and spent some time together that I will always treasure. We were even blessed to have several other members of the support group join us for dinner Sunday evening, along with Dr. Levin and his wife! It was nothing short of surreal.
Monday morning arrived. I was last patient of the day, but again, felt calm and peaceful. Who feels like that prior to having surgery? I woke up to see the smiling face of my friend, telling me that my tubes were 4 and 6. Good enough! Later I found out that I only had .5 and 1.5 at the uterus side due to the cauterization during the tubal ligation. Most other doctors would have stitched me back up without doing the reversal when they saw that. But not Dr. Levin. Here I go, crying again as I type. I had one doctor who wouldn’t even agree to doing my TR until I had an HSG to see how much tube I had left. What I didn’t like about that, was that I wanted this surgery no matter what the results were! I had terrible post tubal ligation symptoms that were only getting worse each month it seemed. I knew the TR was no guarantee to fix those symptoms, but you know what? It did. 100%. I no longer had any pain each month. Dr. Levin listened and cared about what I wanted.
To say my recovery went smoothly would be such an understatement that all I can do is tell you about how it went. I took 1 pain pill because the nurses had told me to when I left the hospital that day. After that, I was able to switch to Tylenol and Ibuprofen and had almost no pain. I didn’t need a wheel chair to get to my room at The Inn, I was able to walk. We took some walks while there and even climbed all the stairs at Joe’s Crab Shack on Tuesday for dinner! Wednesday we both flew back home and despite the flight and a 2 hour drive afterwards, I felt good enough to walk the 8 blocks to my daughters school and back to surprise her. On Thursday I was back to work ˝ day (desk job) and back to full-time the next Monday. No complications of any type.
Now, I am not a “charter”. Dr. Levin will testify to that. He may have 3 months of charts on me and that is it and they are all over the place. Not pretty. I didn’t want to “try” for a baby, I just wanted it to happen. The following September I came back to Louisville (for another sister from my support groups surgery) and Dr. Levin did an HSG and confirmed that both tubes were open. I did try a few months of Clomid and also learned after an endometrial biopsy that I had luteal phase defect, so had to use progesterone suppositories the last half of each cycle. No luck. But I was okay with it, living pain-free every month was truly enough and also knowing that I had corrected the wrong I had done to my body was sufficient.
I was 39 when I had the TR. Fast forward to June 2009, I am now 44 with an FSH that had climbed to over 11. During an ultrasound to monitor an ovarian cyst that was diagnosed by my OB a few months earlier, guess that they found? I had been 2 years with no interventions, no Clomid, no progesterone….and I was PREGNANT, 3 weeks along! It took me DAYS before I would even believe them and I think I really didn’t even believe it until 2 weeks later I got to see my baby on ultrasound myself!
I feel so amazingly blessed, to have given birth to my sweet little Kurtis William on January 26, 2010 at 5:20pm. He weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 20 ˝ “ long. Despite the high risk pregnancy, he had the best APGAR’s of my 4 children and is nothing short of completely perfect.
I owe everything to Dr. Levin because I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without my little Kurtis. Thank you Dr. Levin and may God Bless you abundantly for the rest of your life as you have blessed so many others.