At 34 weeks, my doctor found a small dark area inside of Ella near her ovaries. He thought it could possibly be a cyst that would go away in time but wanted to get a more in depth ultrasound done. He sent me to the prenatal department at a different hospital. While we visited with that department twice, they couldn't identify exactly what it was and since I was so close to being full term, they had me wait until Ella arrived to have her get a direct ultrasound.
After our second consult on March 23rd, we scheduled her surgery for that following week (March 31st). On March 29th, we went to get Ella a covid screening and with no real symptoms (yet), she tested positive. After we found out it was positive, she started having mild symptoms (cough and stuffy nose). The hospital obviously wanted us to push back the surgery and they have a protocol of waiting six weeks before we are able to schedule another appointment.
May 12th is when we scheduled her for her surgery, two days after turning six months old. Since her covid screening was done within three months of the appointment, she never needed another test.
They performed a laparoscopy on her with three small incisions across her belly. We waited in the waiting room for probably 45-ish minutes before the doctor came to tell us how everything went and what it really was. He provided us with images from the surgery to show that it was her left ovary that had died and broke off. He removed the dead ovary and used absorbable sutures to close the incisions up and also applied medical adhesives (or skin glue) to keep them protected. She did extremely well. We were able to go back to recovery about 10 minutes after the doctor had talked with us. She was definitely ready for her bottle and snuggles.
They took us to post-op where we sat in a room for about an hour while she was still hooked up to her IV.
Ella was still pretty tired from the anesthesia but by the end of the night, she was back to her smiley and giggly self. We were so impressed with how well she handled everything. She acted like nothing even happened.
**I would've shown pictures of her dead ovary but it was a bit gruesome so I decided to leave them out.