lemon turning into an orange

Well, here I am mid14th week!   Still barfing and aching and popping pills.  Hopeful that there will be an end in sight, though I’m not counting on it for a few more weeks at least.  The not vomiting as much as with Juno comment from the last post was very short lived.  I’ve definitely exceeded the sickness I felt in that pregnancy by leaps and bounds.  It’s qualified now as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. If you are wondering how that differs from plain old morning sickness, there is a chart here that explains it in a basic way.

I don’t have it nearly as extreme as some women do, and thankfully thus far have avoided a trip to the hospital to be re-hydrated (though there have been times that probably should have happened). I got to about 7% loss of body weight, and with 8 diclectin a day I am able to eat enough that I believe I have now stopped losing weight. That was my hardest symptom, an inability to eat/drink. Most of my vomiting has been bile or dry heaving from not being able to eat and drink and being super duper starving all the time. Still sick, and the midwife has offered to refer me to an OB if I want to try another med… but I think I’m coping and not getting worse with what I have, so I’m thankful to not have to make use of that option.

Fatigue and weakness from pregnancy, medication, and lack of nutrition have been my other major woes, and some depression if I’m really honest. It feels like life has somewhat halted for the last 8 weeks that I’ve been sick, we limp along here at home in a perpetual mess and take out food.

I have been getting little bursts of energy recently since being able to eat more, and that has been so welcome! It’s wonderful on the days when I can tidy or bake, and I even went on a fun Ikea trip with my sister and mom this week. I got a number of decor items for the nursery and I can’t wait to see it come together. Will be very simple, and different than how I decorated for the last 2. Looking forward to showing it off eventually!

Tonight we are headed out for the Santa Claus Parade with the kids and their cousins, first one in years that Jon has been home for (usually in Nepal this time of year!) and we are excited.

I have another midwife appointment in a week and I am very much looking forward to it. I haven’t had any ultrasounds and the midwife couldn’t find the heartbeat during my last appointment, so hopefully this time there will be actual evidence this little person exists!! My belly is just now starting to show up too, which is nice reassurance as well. Will also get to book my ultrasound, when hopefully we will discover the gender. Would really love it if we can book before Christmas, knowing this little person better would be the best gift of all for me.

So that’s the best update I can come up with at the moment. Not the joyous pregnancy I had hoped for, but I know it will all be worth it and when it’s over I’ll certainly be more appreciative of just plain feeling WELL! 🙂

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  • Reply Debbie November 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Oh Christa! I’m so sorry you’re still so sick! I had hoped you were feeling better 🙁 Will be praying that you get to hear that wonderful little heartbeat soon and that the sickness eases up on you.

    Can I make you a few frozen meals? If you don’t mind, you can send me a list of special diet things exclude 😀

  • Reply Debbie November 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Ok…I realize afterwards that I’m asking the person who can’t eat food, if I can bring her food! I’m sorry! …but maybe it’s still helpful if you can lay on the couch and someone else pops dinner into the oven 🙂 ?

  • Reply Christa November 11, 2013 at 1:33 am

    You are so sweet, and maybe I will keep you posted? I was able to make dinner tonight without getting sick… and to eat everything but the meat, which is a big improvement. Hoping that the better days continue happening more frequently… 🙂

  • Reply Debbie November 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Yay for better days! Ok, keep me posted 🙂 It is an open offer 😀

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