Technically it is called hyperemesis gravidarum, but I like to call it pukeapalooza. Its not that I was vomiting excessively (once or twice a day), it is just that between pukes, I was so nauseated I could not get out of bed or eat/drink.
Whatever you call it, it aint’ fun. I have thrown up more during this pregnancy than I have in all my life before.
I started throwing up everything on Tuesday, even with the Zofran, and could not even keep down liquids. All the tricks I had been using so far — B6, Unisom, acupuncture bands, saltines, etc… — were not doing a thing. My urine was also so dark yellow that it looked almost brown, so the on-call midwife sent us to the ER.
4 Zofran doses, 2 potassium bags, 2 Ringers (fluid + dextrose), and one saline bag later, I still felt awful, so they decided to admit me as I was still nauseous and had another migraine starting. I celebrated by throwing up the minute I got to my new room.
After 5 more Ringers, mega-doses of morphine, and a new anti-emetic, I felt like a new woman. All of a sudden I woke up at 3AM on Friday morning absolutely starving. I was, for the first time in 7+ weeks, not nauseous and really, really hungry. The nurse brought me a veritable feast (jello, turkey sandwich, gingerale, vanilla wafers) and I dined like a queen.
My OB is not sure of the hyperemesis was causing the migraines or if the migraines were causing the hyperemesis, but they sent me home with strong painkillers for my head, a new antiemetic, and home IV therapy for a week. (Yes, Mr. MC and I now know how to start and change an IV all by ourselves!) They give me my multi-vitamin and B6 right through the IV to ensure that even if I am not eating much, wee-beastie and I are getting important nutrients.
The good news is that I have not thrown up since I was admitted to my hospital room. I was 14 weeks on Thursday, so perhaps this was just the last hoorah? I still get queasy, but I imagine this is what a “normal” pregnancy feels like. For now, all I want to do is eat cereal (Coco Krispies!) and sleep.
I also got to see wee-beastie again when they ordered an ultrasound of my gallbladder. My OB kindly ordered an OB ultrasound as well, just to allow me to see that the pregnancy was fine. Wee-beastie was moving all around, kicking its legs and moving its arms, completely oblivous to all the drama going on outside.
Classes start on Monday so I get to go to campus with a heparin-lock (the part of the IV that goes into you) on my left hand.