My husband mentioned to me recently that my last few posts have been very straightforward and informational, but that I haven't expressed many of the feelings that I felt during the doctors' appointments. And expressing and understanding my feelings about it all is a crucial part of the emotional part of my healing process. So here I will talk about my feelings!
I think part of the reason I didn't mention feelings in my Goldstein Visit #3 post was because there was so much information to get across and I really hadn't processed it all emotions-wise. What I didn't mention about that visit is that when Dr. G was examining me and poking at the urethral spot that hurts, I started crying. I wasn't crying from the pain and I knew that at the time, but I also wasn't sure why exactly I was crying. As we've discovered, it often takes me several weeks of reflection to realize why I was crying two weeks ago! Well I've figured it out. The tears had been building all day and they finally came out on the examining table - probably at that moment because I was in such a vulnerable position. But I realize now that I had been worrying all day about the fact that I had a NEW problem. I knew that the tissues were healing, but I had this new pain in a specific spot and it was disheartening. Before I even went in there I knew that this urethral spot was a different issue. When I first saw Dr. G in April he said I'd be having pain-free sex by the end of this year. I knew then not to get my hopes up too high, but I did hope that he was right. However, he wasn't. This doesn't mean that I blame him or don't think he's a good doctor. He has helped me tremendously and he continues to help me, but it's very discouraging to know that I'm not fixed, that I have another issue to tackle now. Was this pain always there or did it just start? I think we might never know. It may have always been there, but the other issue was so much more painful that the urethral pain took a back seat; or maybe it just came about in the last couple months. It doesn't really matter; the tears were flowing because I knew that my problems were not solved. I knew that I wouldn't be having sex by the end of this year.
My vagina continues to burn and that is discouraging. I don't know how to make it stop and it is also affecting the progress that my husband and I are making together. I don't want him touching my vagina when it's burning. And we were getting close to actually using the penis! It feels like a step back so I'm discouraged.
I just hope that the Valium suppositories will help relax my pelvic floor, and in turn make the burning cease. If not, I guess I'll have to take another trip to D.C. and possibly to a urologist.
I have not given up, and I never will. I do still have faith that this issue will be solved. I do still have faith that I will be able to have sex with my husband and that I will WANT to have sex with my husband.
Recently someone wrote a comment on a very old post that I wrote about vaginismus. Among many offensive things, he said that I should become a nun, or at least celibate, because sexual dysfunction is God's way of enforcing population control. Well, at first I was pissed and offended by his remarks; then I was just amused at how ridiculous they were. I am hesitant to even mention his comments because I don't want to give him the attention that he so obviously craves; nor do I want his negativity to infect my blog. But I'm going to put a positive spin on it. I've had a few days to reflect on what this guy said and although his comments were offensive and ludicrous, they have actually given me more hope. Because it has made me realize that I never once considered giving up and just being celibate. Not once. (And of course for completely different reasons have never considered being a nun either). That has never entered my mind as an option. I have my days where I feel discouraged and want to quit all the doctors and all the exercises, but not ONCE have I ever considered giving up. So his comments made me realize that I am strong and that I am a fighter. I'm not going to give up ever. I will continue to fight this until it is resolved.
So, I had a revelation, a realization that I am stronger than I have given myself credit for. I mentioned the above comments to give context to that revelation, and for no other reason. I hope to continue using this blog as an honest place for me to vent my feelings as well as a place for women to go to ask questions and answer questions; and a place for women (and husbands, boyfriends, or partners) to feel like they are not alone.