June 21, 2011
Since week 5, I have been really, really sick. Uncontrollable vomiting. I have been diagnosed with Hyperemesis gravidarum.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of morning sickness, with unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. Hyperemesis is considered a rare complication of pregnancy but, because nausea and vomiting during pregnancy exist on a continuum, there is often not a good diagnosis between common morning sickness and hyperemesis.
This makes it really hard to eat and drink as everything just comes back up. Today I woke up and felt like I had been dropped out of an airplane. My entire body ached. I called my nurse who said this is a sign of severe dehydration. She told me to get to the clinic right away for IV fluids. I just started crying…. dang emotions! But at this point I was so scared that I was hurting my babies and could not do anything about it. I called Bryan at work and left him a message telling him I needed him NOW! Unfortunately it was gonna be awhile until he could get home, so I called my friend Jennifer and asked her “If I needed a ride to my doctors office, how soon can you come get me?” She replied with “Right now.” So Jennifer picked me up and drove me to my doctors office and stayed with me until Bryan showed up. The first bag of fluids was pushed thru very fast, about 45 minutes, then they started the 2nd bag at a slower pace. I felt pretty good after that. Sadly that only lasted about 3 days. Then I took a turn for the worse again….