So I am once again heading in for fluids. After my 24 week appointment yesterday it was decided that I do in fact need to “top off” every so often since I am truly unable to stay hydrated on my own. I had to work last night so going in after my appointment wasn’t an option so I am headed in today. Having to choose your job over your health is a crappy thing to have to do, but I don’t think it’s a very new thing to most women who suffer from Hyperemesis.
Hyperemesis is not something that people know a lot about- around 1% of women suffer from it. It’s hard to understand because everyone knows about morning sickness and figures it’s just part of the deal being pregnant. Hyperemesis is not morning sickness. Not by any stretch of the imagination. You do not grow out of it around 12 weeks. You cannot curb it by eating crackers before you get out of bed. It’s unpredictable and often finds a way around every remedy you can throw at it, including high doses of anti-nausea meds. It’s something you live with day to day, hour by hour.
It doesn’t make sense to take a chunk of time off “just in case” because more than likely you’ll be fine during that time only to be hit hard as soon as you get back to your normal routine. I think the longest I’ve gone is a week so far- a week seemed like a really great stretch, I actually thought I was out of the woods! Not so much. For me, two good days is a blessing, usually followed by 3-4 really bad days. Days I seriously wish I wasn’t even pregnant in the first place. That’s a lovely thing to be thinking when you are trying to stay stress free and gestate!
My issue is always drinking (I can eat after awhile with no problems). It was my biggest issue last time and it’s no surprise it’s my biggest issue this time around. As my OB said yesterday- eating is good, but not good enough if you can’t drink. I’ve tried everything- water, juice, tea, pop, flavored water, carbonated water, smoothies, milk, ice chips, fruit and veggies with high water content…yesterday alone I tried carrot juice and coconut water. What I can drink one day I can’t drink the next and I can’t drink very much of anything when I do find that magic bullet-certainly not enough to keep hydrated. That’s where IV fluids come in, I don’t have to think about them, they just get in there and do their job and for a few days I’m loads better. It’s certainly not ideal but you gotta do what you gotta do.
Thankfully Mr. Wonderful has an extremely understanding boss who’s allowed him to take half-days and days off here and there to take care of me when I’ve needed it the most. Today is one of those days. Auntie Jenna had previous plans to go to the Twins game and all the babysitting Grandparents were also going to be at the game-so my options were gone and taking them with me to the hospital was out of the question. Mr. Wonderful to the rescue. He even brought home Uncle Frankie’s for the boys lunch, what a great Dad!
I’m planning on taking a book and relaxing a bit this afternoon. When I get home I’m going right to bed. Tomorrow it’s just me and the boys and Saturday we’re hoping to take advantage of the Dairy Queen BOGO $0.25 Blizzard deal down at the Central Ave. DQ. I gotta feel better for that!
Less than 15 weeks to go. Is it bad that the one thing I’m looking forward to the most (other than seeing this little guy for the first time of course) is the instant ability to drink without having to think about it as soon as he’s delivered?