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12 weeks

For the most part yesterday was a pretty good day until about 4:30. By then I’d had too much dairy for the day and started not feeling so great. Dairy has never given me problems before, but it was the only common link.

Today has started out good as well. I had a fruit only smoothie and some wholegrain toast for breakfast. I’m enjoying a homemade limeade popsicle right now, my friend Anna is making us some homemade chicken pot pie for lunch and Bob and Sherril from church are bringing us grilled chicken for dinner.

Stephen will be gone all week starting tomorrow and I am going to miss him terribly.

I hope this is the start of feeling better for good. Then maybe I can get this thing out of my arm and be normal again.

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11 weeks 3 days

I don’t really have an update. I’m still feeling pretty crappy. I managed 1 smoothie yesterday and a glass of juice.

I have a doctor’s appointment on Thursday so I’ll make sure he knows I still feel crappy. I also have an ultrasound that day and tests to screen for Down’s syndrome. Which means more poking and blood giving.

Today my home health nurse is coming out to change the dressing on my PICC line. Hopefully she isn’t grossed out by my stringy hair.

Taking a shower is difficult and not relaxing at all now that I have this PICC line in. I have to hold my right arm up the whole time so it doesn’t get wet and Stephen has to help shampoo my hair which means the door to the shower is open the whole time and I’m freezing. I miss taking long hot showers to at least just wash away some of the stress.

Next week Stephen has to go to this conference out of town so my mom is staying with me because I’m obviously incapable of taking care of myself. I really hate being so dependent on other people. I like to do things my way and in my own time.

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9 weeks 6 days

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.

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9 weeks 5 days

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!

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Well I started not feeling so great last night…

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.

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Last night I did my first IV bag change by myself

Last night I did my first IV bag change by myself. I pricked my finger on a needle. Then like two hours later my arm started hurting, my wrist got puffy the IV site hurt and it itched. So I called the nursing service and the nurse told me to take the IV out. It was hard to peel off all the tape and then pull that thing out. It hurt.

The nurse couldn’t come put it back in until this morning.

I woke up at 5:30 this morning and just had to eat something or I knew I would be sick. So I had some applesauce. Then I went back to bed.

So I got up for real at about 8 a.m. I threw up twice while trying to get all my stuff ready to take a shower. Then I threw up again after my shower. Then I threw up when I got out to the couch.

The nurse arrived around 10 a.m. and got a new IV line started in my other hand. I actually like the placement of this one better because it gives me more use of my hand.

All of my good veins that nurses are always praising seem to have disappeared now that I’m pregnant.

She said it is normal for the irritation to happen. The IV is a foreign object and during pregnancy our bodies are very sensitive to foreign objects and reject them. When it happens I can just pull it out and she can start a new one for me.

I’ve thrown up a couple more times today. Still can’t keep anything down, but at least I’m getting vitamins and hydration anyway.

Tomorrow is the big day for the ultrasound. I’m very excited about that.

I also feel very blessed. Our pastor’s wife offered to come help us or sit with me recently. So sometime this week she’s going to do a little tidying up around here which really hasn’t happened since right after Christmas.

Stephen has tried to keep up with things, but he’s usually pretty busy studying and stuff so things are starting to pile up. I can’t wait to have clean floors again!

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Home care

Yesterday was another day of not being able to keep anything down.

Last week my doctor said if this happened again that I should come in. So Stephen came home at lunch and we went there. My doctor was actually out for the day so I had to see the next available doctor.

The first thing he tried to do was find the heartbeat with one of those little doppler machines. He couldn’t find one, but said that wasn’t necessarily cause for concern especially considering that I may not be as far along as they think I am. Still, I’m freaked out about it.

He said that being sick is a good sign and I shouldn’t worry.

He also decided that my ultrasound to correct the due date ought to be moved up. So this Thursday all my questions will be answered at that ultrasound appointment followed by an appointment with my regular doctor.

To alleviate my nausea and dehydration, he ordered home IV care. So last night a nurse came to our house, got my IV started, and showed Stephen and I how to change out the bags and add medicine and vitamins to the IV.

I don’t know about the nausea just yet. Each hydration bag already contains a dose of Reglan and lasts 24 hours. Every time I try to move too much though I throw up. Even just scooting across the couch to get my laptop so I could write a couple blogs caused it.

I’m just tired of feeling this way all the time.

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1. Throwing up: It happened 3 times yesterday morning, but each time I didn’t let myself just get into the cycle. I kept trying to eat stuff and it payed off. Later that afternoon and evening I stopped throwing up.

2. Cravings: I had a huge craving for corn bread yesterday. So Stephen bought some Marie Callendar’s mix at the store yesterday and that has been staying down better than crackers even.

3. Medicines: The combination of Zofran and Phenergan together is working much better than just one or the other apart. It wasn’t just that I kept trying to eat stuff yesterday, I took a Zofran in the afternoon in addition to my Phenergan. This is what my doctor wanted me to do, but I thought that since the Zofran hadn’t been working it just wasn’t worth it. I was wrong.

4. Some ‘kooky’ advice worked: On one of the pregnancy message boards I found, there was a lady who said that it helped if she set her alarm for 3 a.m., took her medicine, ate a little snack and drank something sweet. When I read this I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard. Well I tried it last night and it helped a lot. I think yesterday part of my problem was that my blood sugar had dropped really low overnight so I started the day out feeling crappy. This morning I’m a little nauseated, but a little nibble of cornbread helped and I think I’m going to be OK.

5. Sour taste: I still have the sour taste in my mouth even without the Gatorade. It’s just always there, like I’m sucking on an indefinitely long-lasting piece of sour candy. I brush, use mouthwash, suck on mints, etc. and it just doesn’t go away. Ugh!

6. Smells and some sounds are overwhelming: I’ve never noticed people’s breath before, but I can be four feet away and still smell it. This is making sharing a bed very difficult. However, Ruth and Cara’s citrus smelling tip is working. The fresh smell makes me feel a little better. Sounds are enough to make me sick now too. Stephen belched yesterday from across the room and the sound nearly made me throw up. His excuse for not being embarassed by said belch is that seeing me throw up numerous times in the past two weeks has brought us to a new level of closeness in our relationship. Another sound is from the dogs. They have a tendency to lick their chops and one another right after a meal and this licking sound makes my stomach churn every time.

7. No weekend hospital trip so far: Yay!

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Ode to good health insurance

One of the nice things about Stephen working for a healthcare management company is that he works for a healthcare management company.

He knows all the people that process our claims. He can make sure by talking to people at the company that we are getting the best care possible. It really is very nice. The other nice thing about the company is that they flag cases of employees and family members as “VIP” which means that not everyone in the company has to know what is going on with us. Our information is kept confidential between us and some senior company members.

Today I got a follow up call from a case nurse. This particular case nurse said that she has a lot of background experience in OB/GYN offices. So she is very familiar with hyperemesis gravidarum. She gave me some tips for coping like not trying to eat three meals a day, but just snacking instead and even to obey my cravings. This is some of the stuff I read online, but it had I not been such a research nerd it would have been really helpful.

The most exciting part though was she gave me a phone number where I could reach her. She said that if I’m not feeling well during the week, I can call and she can have someone come out to our house to give me an IV. That way I don’t have to go to the ER all the time.

My veins are super sore from all these IVs lately, but if I have to have another one it will be nice not having to call Stephen, make him come home, go to the ER, wait in the waiting room and then wait forever while the bags drain with Stephen sitting in an uncomfortable plastic chair or me on a bench in the hallway, both of us exhausted and cold.

This is how healthcare should be all the time.

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So far so good…

Nothing is going to make me feel completely better. I just have to eat. There’s no way around it. So for now its nibbling on crackers and fruit. A little sugar in my Smart Water.

My stomach is still making grumbling noises and doesn’t feel that great, but it’s better than spending the weekend in the hospital.

Also it’s just a huge relief to not have to worry about going to work. Today was supposed to be my official last day, but with the exception of Tuesday to clean my desk out and share all my sources with my boss, I’ve taken the week off. No guilt, no worries.

I also have a weird craving right this moment for some Chef Boyardee Ravioli. And SpaghettiO’s.
Mind you I don’t think it would be a good idea to actually put this stuff into my body. I just crave it right now. It’s completely out of left field.

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