Well this past weekend really just proved all theories about hyperemesis that I’ve been given are wrong.
#1. If you get enough protein you will feel better.
#2. If you get enough carbs and increase your blood sugar you will feel better.
#3. If you stay hydrated you will feel better.
#4. If you get enough rest you will feel better.
#5. If you stay on schedule with your medicines you will feel better.
Thursday, the day after I went off home IV care, I woke up feeling terrible. I managed to get through it that morning though and ate a bunch of food throughout the day. I got plenty of hydration, protein and carbs. I didn’t actually throw up once.
Friday, however, I woke up vomitting and I couldn’t stop. No matter what I put in it all came out. So I went back on the home IV care. We almost stayed home the whole weekend because I felt so terrible. Even once I was back on the drugs and the hydration I felt terrible.
Once back on the IVs I didn’t miss a dose of my medicines. I stuck to the schedule perfectly. So the theory that missing your dose times was quickly ruled out.
Saturday I had a great day. I woke up a little woozy feeling, but I quickly quieted my stomach with some ginger snaps. The rest of the day I managed to get plenty of food and protein in. I had several small meals throughout the day. I even did OK during the cooking of our Chinese dinner. Something I had been worried about because of my recent aversion to sesame oil. The only thing that bothered me briefly was the smell of onions which I quickly tempered by peeling a tangerine and practically sticking it in my nose. I even took a nap that day.
Sunday I woke up and felt awful. I had gotten plenty of food and rest the previous day. There was no reason for me to feel like crap. I ate a few ginger snaps which didn’t help. Stephen gave me a dose of my medicine. I smelled and ate half a tangerine. Nothing seemed to really help. I got up. I ate some oatmeal. Still didn’t feel great. I obeyed my cravings on the way home and had a burrito from Taco Bell on the way home. Still didn’t feel great. I tried to sleep in the car. Nothing was helping. We got home. I tried a few snacks. Nothing helped. There was no reason for me to feel this way. I was eating plenty and getting plenty of hydration. I wasn’t missing my medicines. I took a nap when we got home. I just kept feeling like crap.
This continued this morning. I had a bowl of cereal. I continued to feel like crap. I took my medicine. I continued to feel like crap. Stephen brought home another burrito for me. I still feel like crap. I took a bath. Nothing has helped.
This is just ridiculous. There’s no pattern to it. No theory that explains it. Bland foods or no, protein or no, carbs or no, medicine or no, I still feel like crap.
Well, we decided at the last minute to go ahead and go to Ruth and Eric’s. So we’re here and I haven’t thrown up yet. 🙂
This morning we had a delish breakfast made by Eric. It’s so nice to eat real food. Lately we’ve been eating a lot of fast food when I feel up to eating something because I’m not ready to cook just yet.
I did make some of my own protein bars the other day though. They turned out pretty good and they don’t have any of the stuff I’m allergic to either.
I have to say that I am feeling a bit like a vegetable lately. Watching TV, getting an IV and sleeping are my main activities. And sometimes it is a bit hard and depressing to deal with all of this. But then I have OK days like today and it makes it a little easier.
I just don’t think I really expected that this is what I would have to go through in order to have a child. I was so bent on getting pregnant that I didn’t care. A year is a long time to go through the emotional rollercoaster of trying.
Maybe this is all just good preparation for parenting.
I don’t want to scare anyone or sound too down in the dumps with my thoughts here. I really am doing OK. And I’m not alone in this. It’s just a lot to go through.
Well the bladder feeling went away. So I’m not sure what that was all about.
I’ve thrown up 6 times today so I had to get an IV started again. Not sure at this point if we will be making it the Barone Chinese New Year celebration which I’m sad about.
I had to take my IV out last night because my hand got puffy again.
I wasn’t feeling that great last night and this morning. So I thought for sure that I was going to have the nurse come out again and restart my IV.
I took a shower though and then afterward I felt pretty good. I ate some cereal and I’ve decided to try the no IV thing again.
I have a follow up appointment with my OB today so I’ll update later with what he has to say.
I just can’t wait to not feel crappy anymore, for good!
Update 6:27 PM
If I can go five days without IV hydration then I can take this blood test to evaluate my TSH levels again. The doctor thinks I have developed an overactive thyroid in response to the pregnancy. Which could be why I feel so crappy.
He says 14 weeks is generally when most hyperemesis patients start to feel better. I know a few women on this hyperemesis message board that would definitely beg to differ.
So far today I’ve managed to hold everything down. So that’s a good sign. I just hope I can keep it up.
We got to hear the heartbeat on the doppler today. It was going strong at 160.
He also says that I’m 10 weeks according to the revised due date and “the wheel”. I don’t know… last week I was measuring at 8 weeks 5 days at the ultrasound so I’m just going to go with that one.
So of course as we are driving home after the appointment I start to feel like I have a bladder infection. Which is apparently very common in pregnancy and when you are dealing with dehydration. Lovely. Another thing for me to deal with.
I am seriously ready for the first trimester to just be over with already. Yeesh!
It’s always worse at night and in the morning. I usually only have a window from 11 AM to 3 PM where I feel good.
Not today. I woke up puking and haven’t been able to hold anything down. So I’m back on the IV.
Well I started not feeling so great last night, but I have yet to throw up. I’m still holding down food and water OK. So no IVs yet.
Update 9:25 PM
Today has just been the most random day ever.
Health: I did throw up a little water this morning, but have been able to keep the rest of my meals and hydration down. I only feel sick now when I let my stomach get empty. I’m researching various forms of protein that are transportable and don’t stink. I have a nut allergy and so I can’t go with the traditional protein bars. Ruth did give me some good starts and I’m planning on making a trip to Lassen’s tomorrow to see if they can help me find something.
Home: I have been so sick of all these white walls in our house, especially now that I’m looking at them all the time. So today I went to Home Depot and bought some environmentally friendly, non-toxic, odorless paint and began painting part of our living room. Color on the walls is so nice! Apparently this paint is twice as much as the Behr paint we normally buy though (I don’t look at prices) so this will be the only painting I get to do. Stephen says he’ll handle the rest. I guess the only random part about this is that I just left the house at 10:30 this morning and decided to go buy paint and then start painting.
Careers: This was the most random part of all. As I’m sitting in our living room and painting I get a call from my best friend. My best friend Megan is the 5 p.m. producer at KGET. I worked there about a year ago. They apparently fired their web producer and really want me to come back even though I left not on the best of terms. It was just weird. I kept going back and forth on it all afternoon and then just decided to stick with the plan and be at home. I’ll be happier at home. It’s what I’ve wanted all along. It was kind of nice to get some closure on that whole thing though and know that I’m still respected and thought of highly by some well known colleagues.
Well today was going on three days of not throwing up. Only we went to church this morning for the first time in three months and ran out the door at the last minute without anything substantial in our stomachs.
We went straight to lunch afterwards and I did bring some crackers with me, but it was too late. I actually felt much better afterwards though and even went on to eat some of my lunch.
I went off the IV yesterday in the morning and have not had to take any anti-nausea medications since then.
I have felt a little bit sick the past few days, but I imagine it is the kind of nausea that normal pregnant women deal with. Not the constant going-to-throw-up-no-matter-what-you-do kind of feeling, but more like I’ll-only-throw-up-if-I-don’t-placate-my-stomach-with-a-small-substantial-meal kind of feeling. And this new nausea isn’t constant, it comes and goes.
So yeah, other than that one mishap this afternoon, things are good. I felt like cooking last night and we had chicken tacos for dinner with homemade roasted salsa and guacamole. We even had our friends Megan and Grant over to eat.
It is FAR too early in the pregnancy to detect the sex of the baby. I don’t know what some people were seeing in this ultrasound, but it wasn’t what they thought or wanted it to be. The sex can’t be determined by ultrasound until 16-20 weeks.
If you want to throw old wives tales into the mix, however…
Lots of morning sickness = girl
Heart rate over 140 = girl
Intercourse two days before ovulation = girl
Craving sweets and fruit = girl
Craving salt and cheese = boy
Acne = girl
Dry hands = boy
Age (24) + Conception Month (12) is even = girl
Just be patient people!
Today has been worlds better. The Zofran injections have really helped and made a huge difference.
I’ve eaten two slices of pizza and four potato wedges today. I have not thrown up once.
I did have to get a new line started because it was feeling irratated and my knuckles were getting puffy. This one isn’t on my hand at all so I have total use of my hands. Which is good. It’s kind of up by my elbow, but not close enough to where I can’t bend my arm.
I took a shower and didn’t throw up from that. I just feel all around much better.
The nurse says I might be able to go off the IV next week.
Everything is OK. No tubal pregnancies or anything scary. The baby is healthy.
I am 8 weeks and 5 days which is only two days off from what I thought I was and over two weeks off what the doctor thought.
Baby’s heart rate is 179.
Due date is Sept. 13.
My doctor decided to change up my medication on the home IV care. No more Pepcid through the IV because it isn’t working. I now will be getting the Zofran in my IV and continue with the Phenergan.
Lee came over today and our house is now beautiful. I am so thankful for that. She is like a cleaning machine.
I ate real food tonight for the first time in weeks. Rice and beans with cheese and some Spanish rice. It was delish.
I’m still feeling pretty icky, but I’ve only thrown up once today. That’s an improvement over yesterday. The doctor thinks that last week when I was throwing up every five minutes that was probably the peak of it. I sure hope so. I hope it just gets better from here.