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Morning Sickness On Steroids

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Hello there...any chance you remember me?

Let's see...since we last spoke (you know I consider these posts conversations, right?) we've had some excitement around the Happy Brown House. Ok, so excitement probably isn't the correct term, but it has been, shall we say..."eventful" around our house.

For me, pregnancy brings nausea--not just the "throw-up-and-move-on-with-my-day" kind of nausea, either. Oh no, mine is like Morning Sickness on Steroids. You know, the "let-me-just-lay-on-the-floor-by-the-toilet-because-it-will-happen-again-in-30-seconds" kind of nausea.

The kind where you can't

  • Eat
  • Drink
  • Think about Food
  • Smell Food
  • Maintain Weight
  • Stay Hydrated

To put it nicely--It's awful! The extreme nausea has a technical term--Hyperemesis Gravidarum--and isn't often talked about. As a matter of fact, I hadn't heard of it until my first pregnancy with Jonah.

Basically, I wasn't able to keep anything down, including water, for days. This led to dehydration and a hospitalization for me to receive IV fluids. Since I have a past history with Hyperemesis, my Dr. chose an aggressive way to get the nausea under control....and I'm sporting a new accessory! It's oh so chic... {insert sarcasm here}

I'm on a Zofran pump (kinda like an insulin pump, but with nausea medicine for me). I have to poke myself with a special needle that is attached to a catheter. Then I hook it up to a syringe of my medicine that is inside a pump. I receive a constant drip of medicine, which will hopefully do the trick and relieve the nausea. I'm still getting used to having it in and working with home health to tweak the dosage. My fingers are crossed that this will be enough. If not, there are other measures that are pretty scary for me--like PICC Lines and home IV's. I'm hoping that the nausea will subside soon and I can start focusing on something other than repeating the "Don't throw up" mantra. I'm so ready to get back to my family and my life...but 9 months is a long time. If history repeats itself, I'll have this almost the entire pregnancy. A girl can hope though, right? 🙂

So, there you have it. I's riveting. I'd much rather be posting about a cute craft tutorial or fun thing Jonah and I did together during our Mommy & Me time, but this is my reality today...


Fresh OJ Popsicle


Hacele caso a tu sed

and Needles, Oh my!

In other news, my first two posts have gone up at Totally Tots! So, CAN read something fun from me!

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Ohhhhh noooooo! I feel for you! I had hypermesis with my second one that lasted right up until she was born. It was almost strange getting used to NOT throwing up every day!

I did the little gingery drinks from Babies R Us (Oh Mama, or something to that effect), and had the Preggie Pop Drops EVERY DAY. The Zofran definitely helped (though I was fortunate enough to take the pills....yeesh I'm sorry!) and I wore the motion sickness bands on my wrists.

And yep, did the hospital IV thing (twice) to rehydrate.....will pray that this one won't be so bad for you! What if you made a gatorade slushie and ate the "ice" chips from it? Hang in there!


Tuesday 1st of February 2011

Thanks Steph! It definitely stinks doesn't it? Thank you for the prayers! The Zofran Pump seems to be helping some.