I wish I had started this 6 months ago...there is so much ground to cover!!
The first 3 months I tried every remedy I had heard of with absolutely no relief (actually some of these remedies made me vomit more). I threw up everything I ate - between 5 and 10 times a day. Everyone told me that after 3 months I would feel great and have so much energy - I looked forward to that so much! After passing the 14 week mark we started to realize we were dealing with more than just average "morning sickness".
I was exhausted, John was frustrated and tired of his grumpy, sick wife (he also missed his homemade meals) - we were all at a loss. I lost 10 pounds and hardly looked pregant until I was in my 6 month. We realized I was suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is a morning sickness disease that less than 2% of women have during pregnancy. Of that 2% of women most feel better after 20 weeks. To read more about HG I have added a link on the right.
I talked to the nurse at my doctor's office daily. I tried all the different anti-nauseau medicine available - Reglan, Phenergan, B6, Doxalymine...you name it, I tried it. None of them gave me any relief from the nauseau and vomiting - plus, they made me tired, spacey and I felt weird. The final medicine - which is the strongest available - is Zofran. This medicine is normally given to chemo patients to alleviate nauseau. It costs around $30/PILL and you need to take 3/DAY!! Each bottle cost around $900!! Praise the Lord we have group insurance and they cover it. Zofran took the edge off my nauseau - but I still threw up everything I ate and drank.
I was on oral Zofran for almost 2 months when I hit my breaking point. I was weak, tired and hungry - I was absolutely miserable. Finally the nurse at my doctor's office had me go into the hospital and get an IV. I was there for a few hours and got 3 bags of fluid. After a miserable weekend, I called the doctor again on Monday. At this point they suggested something called a Zofran pump. I was totally freaked out to get this and dreaded having something attached to me at all times. A company called Matria sends a nurse to your home and hooks you up. I had to put a needle in my thigh and hook up a syringe - the syringe went in a tiny contraption (the size of a remote) that slowly administers the medicine throughout the day. I have to carry the pump with me at all times.
Here I am with my Zofran Pump in my tummy and IV
Zofran is tough on the tissue and you get a hard red knot about 3 inches around that really hurts!! Once it starts getting sore & red I have to change the location to another spot on my thigh or tummy. The result: tons of 3 inch around hard, red knots all over my thighs and stomach. It was really hard to sleep with all those sore spots!
Matria is the most amazing company. This company specializes in high risk pregnancies. They come to your home and have a 24 hour call line available. A nurse calls you daily to check in with you. The nurse I talk to daily, Jen, is a lifesaver. She helped me figure out my "triggers". These are things that guarantee vomiting and nauseau. Here are my triggers:
1. Drinking any amount of fluid (yes, even water)
2. Eating more than 3 or 4 bites of anything at a time (there must be at least 30 minutes between snacking on anything)
3. Motion (leaving the house for anything, being in a car, working around the house)
4. Eating anything other than carbs (I eat crackers, fruit popsicles, toast, bagels and a few nuts)
Once we pinpointed these triggers - I finally gave up on trying to eat a normal meal. Going out to eat is extremely depressing for me. I told John that a couple weeks after Levi is born we are going on a date (without Levi) to an expensive restaurant and I am going to EAT!!!!! I miss eating and drinking!! I have decided that with all the things I am going through there are 2 things I should be allowed to do:
1: Drink Alcohol (if anyone needs alcohol it is me) :)
2: Cuss :) (Everywhere I go my tubing from my IV and Zofran gets caught on doorknobs, drawers - anything that sticks out at all!!)