Yesterday marked a new beginning for me.
After seeing an RE for more than four years, I had my records transferred to my gynecologist. No more reproductive endocrinology - at least not at this point in my life.
I loved my RE, but he is over an hour away from our house. It just wasn't feasible for me to continue to travel there every three months to treat me for a condition that can be treated by a gynecologist or a regular endocrinologist. So, since I like my gynecologist and I didn't exactly want to sign up to see yet another doctor, I opted to see my gynecologist for everything.
I like him a lot. He's incredibly straightforward and practical. I started seeing him early last year, and despite only meeting with me for an hour, he remembered a lot about me. (The first question out of his mouth was, "Are you still trying to adopt?") We talked about my continued treatment plan for my pituitary dysfunction, and he believes that "if it's not broken, don't fix it." Which means I'll have my pituitary and my thyroid checked every 6 months or so, but unless something is off, I'll continue on my medication as planned.
He doesn't believe I should go on birth control, especially now that I'm in relatively little pain and my cycles are finally regular. There are no signs of any cysts at this point, but I'm to let him know if I notice anything unusual. We talked again about the plan if I need another surgery, too: taking out my ovary. I was especially happy to hear this. No more temporary solutions. We'll just take the "problem child" out of the situation.
The only bad news? I have yet another breast lump. However, it feels cyst-like to him. Since I see my breast specialist in March again, anyway, he just told me to keep an eye on it and let him know if I experience pain.
Overall, I was happy with the visit. I do wish there was something they could do about my breast lumps, but everything can't be perfect, right?
It does seem strange - no longer seeing a specialist. But I felt like it was the right thing for me at this time. I needed to close that chapter of my life. I needed help moving forward in my own journey.
Here's to turning the page.