Thanks for the love yesterday, Gentle Readers. I am hanging in there. My OB referred me to see a colorectal surgeon and he got me in right away yesterday. After one glance at my sore bum, he declared that no amount of Preparation H (or any over-the-counter remedy) could have fixed my problems, an announcement that did wonders for my morale. I wasn't a sissy after all! And even though I thought I'd already experienced the most humiliating of all doctors' appointments by going through fertility treatments, this specialist had such a good sense of humor (a necessity for his field, I guess) that he took much of the embarrassment out of what would have normally been a mortifying procedure.
He's treating me now, and I'll see him again this Thursday. I know I still have a good amount of pain and discomfort in my immediate future, but I have hope that he can get my system back on track and help to prevent this horrific situation from happening again.
Now that I'm officially a blogger who addresses taboo topics (e.g. infertility, miscarriage, IVF, pregnancy after loss, hemorrhoids, constipation--what's next?), if anyone struggles with chronic constipation, whether you're pregnant or not, and you have questions, PLEASE be in touch. I learned a lot at this appointment that would have been helpful to know pre-pregnancy and that even could have kept me out of this mess that I'm in now.