As I mentioned, I spent some time in the ER last week. Actually, I spent the majority of Thursday and Friday and half of yesterday in and around the hospital complex, either in the ER getting fluids, or having check ups with Dr. Risky or her partner, Dr. No Vowels. The good news? The Acrobat looks great. All the first trimester tests came back with low risks for any major health problems, and it’s always excellent to get that encouraging news.
I’ve had two ultrasounds in the last five days and The Acrobat lived up to the nickname, flipping around, kicking and waving arms, taking big gulps of amniotic fluid, and grabbing the umbilical cord. As Dr. Risky said yesterday, the baby is oblivious to my issues. He/she is growing well (including the signature giant Spohr-Head), and that’s what I focus on. I might be wasting away but The Acrobat is thriving. Okay I’m not really wasting away, I have like….thirty pounds to go before I fall into that category, but I’ve lost ten percent of my body weight according to my pregnancy app. Why can’t I lose weight like this when I’m actually trying? Stupid hyperemesis.
I’m in the second trimester so every doctor I’ve seen lately is like, “Hmmm…you really should start feeling better now.” Mike’s response is always, “yeah, but she’s still throwing up twenty times a day, so what are we going to do about it?” The ER doctors have all suggested taking lower doses of vitamin B6 more often during the day, so I started that a few days ago. Dr. No Vowels and Dr. Risky both just want me to get IV fluids with greater frequency. That means going to the ER with greater frequency, and I haaaate going to the ER. It’s germy and also? It costs me a lot of money. Obviously my health and the baby’s health are worth every penny, but it’s hard to not think about the price tag. Although, I’ve met my deductible for the year, so…SALINE BAGS FOR EVERYONE! And maybe some elective surgeries, I don’t know, I’m feeling generous.
All joking aside, next month I’ll be far enough along that my hospital will let me go to the Labor and Delivery unit for IVs. I can deal with another month or so of the ER knowing there’s a comfy L&D light at the end of the tunnel.
Whenever we get back from the doctor, Annie immediately runs up to us and says, “Did you see my baby? Can I see too?” No “Hi,” or a hug, I see how it is. Yesterday I handed her the latest printout and she squealed with delight, then explained what she saw.
“It’s a girl and she is so cute. There’s her teeth! They are so tiny, so very very tiny. And she’s got a big smile and tiny, tiny little fingers. I will hold her fingers!”
I’m glad she gets so much out of looking at the ultrasound pictures. She seems genuinely excited and curious about the baby, so I’m even more motivated to get through these rough parts so I can bring Annie that cute, tiny-fingered, tiny-toothed baby.
I love looking at ultrasound photos. So amazing!
My first ultrasound was Flump misbehaving so much that they couldn’t get a clear picture, so I had to have a TV one done. (Yuck!) and the image they got was Flump practically holding his/her head as if to say “holy hell, stop bugging me!” I adore it!
I also love love love that Annie is so excited! Her enthusiasm is catching. I can’t wait until Flump is Annie’s age so that if get Flump the 2nd, then Flump will have all the excited “my baby” talk.
Also, HG can suck it. Hope that the lower vitb6 doses help.
I think I’m just about as excited as Annie for this baby! What week are you in – a.k.a, how long until we all find out what kind of Spohr will be joining the family at long last?
Lynn Kellan says:
Oh, Heather. This is wonderful news. Congratulations on your pregnancy!!
Little ones can be so funny during this time. My niece is expecting in March and her little cousin (my 3 yr old niece) is attached to her. So in preparation she’s been telling her how she’s having a baby girl and how fun it will be to play with her, etc. The little one says….too bad you can’t keep her cause you are mine.
I’m so happy for you, mike and annie! I hope you feel better and the adjusted vitamins help!
So glad that all is going great with the baby, Heather!!!! Hoping that you can start feeling better, too!
Jen L. says:
Heather, when my sister was pregnant and suffering from the same thing, her dr. ordered a home health nurse to come administer the fluids via an IV. Maybe you can look into that. Going to the ER all the time sounds like a nightmare.
Really hope you feel better soon. I’m so excited for you all and love Annie’s ultrasound readings! I think I see boy parts, but Annie probably knows best!
Kristen McD says:
As much of a pain as the Zofran pump was, it was better than being in and out of the hospital for sure. I had one at the insistence of my OB (who also had one, incidentally ) and it was an amazing difference. Still not perfect, but so much better than the constant vomiting. It’s insanely expensive (we worked it out to $475 a day) but since you’ve met your insurance deductible …
I think she is cute as well. So glad and hope you feel better very soon,,,how about today?!
I think she is cute as well. I hope you feel better very soon, how about today?
Sorry for the duplicate, first one had a snag..
“I’ve met my deductible for the year, so SALINE BAGS FOR EVERYONE” LOL!!! Loved that line! So glad baby is doing well and that you are in your 2nd trimester. Will you be sharing gender with us? Can’t wait!
I second the idea of a nurse coming to you. I have a friend going through chemo and she needs fluids after every treatment and she has a nurse who comes to her to administer them. Check it out!
You have such a great protector in Mike and such a sunshine beam of hope in Annie. Wishing that you feel better with each passing day! xo
Abby Leviss says:
I think she thinks the spine is teeth and that the whole womb is a smiling mouth. If that’s true, maybe it explains her new crazy smile? Congrats! Babies are the best!
Jenny Ward says:
I had the same problem with my son. Everything made me sick. I couldn’t even hear the WORD chicken, much less eat it! I got my high risk OB to get me home health. IV’s at home! Ask them to do this for you! They can order all the supplies from Walgreens or your favorite pharmacy. Then the nurses come over, hook you up to an IV and that’s it. Super easy and so much better (and WAY cheaper) then the ER! Congratulations on the baby. Praying for you. Feel better soon momma.
During my third pregnancy, yet another thrilling experience with HG, I got a picc line. It was wonderful. I actually cried when they removed it at 34 weeks. The first 10 weeks I had a Zofran pump that was attached subcutaneously through my abdomen and a nurse who stuck me every couple days for IV fluids. After a bad spell where my poor veins were shot I had the picc line placed. It was in my upper arm and allowed for me to get Zofran continously, Phenergran as needed, and daily IV fluids. My husband became my personal doctor. He would hook up my fluids at night. Granted the Zofran pump was annoying at times and it was not glamorous to have leads dangling from my arm for 25 weeks but oh the relief. It did not take away all the yuckiness but made it much more manageable and cut down on ER visits. The big benefit for me was not having to take meds orally.
I only wish I would have known about this option during my first 2 experiences with HG.
Also another benefit was that I got mega doses of vitamins and irons which my body was depleted of in my fluid bags.
Can you tell I LOVED my picc line??
Tamara S. says:
I’m sorry your having so many issues with being sick. My cousin is in a similar situation right now (she’s 18 weeks along) and was loosing too much weight. A Zofran pump was making things worse so she finally pushed for a picc line and she can now give herself fluids at home daily and it’s really helping. I hope your doctors are able to figure out something fast!
I agree with the chorus of “surely, the OB can think of another solution, because there’s gotta be better alternatives to the ER”.
The ninja moved around a lot too, and we couldn’t see her face for months because she’d always move her hands to her face when the techs would try to get a good pic of her. And it was a her, so people saying “oh, it’s a boy, my boy gave me a difficult pregnancy!”, it’s not in the bag. It could be a girl ninja.
I had nausea with the ninja, but no vomiting. I did have six months of heartburn, and I’d always complain and say “Why can’t I throw up like normal pregnant women??”. You’ve pretty much convinced me that if a second pregnancy also involves constant heartburn, I will count my blessings.
Sorry you are still feeling sick, but big congrats on a healthy Spohr baby!! LOVE Annie’s response. What a sweetheart.
I used to HATE the “oh you’re in the second trimester, you should be feeling better by now” comments from doctors/pharmacists/everyone – when my (new) doctor finally told me at 22ish weeks, “ya, if you’re still this sick now, you’re going to be this sick the whole time” I literally cried, and then smiled, and then thanked him for being HONEST with me. It was nice not to be given the false hope. The puking all the time wasn’t nice, but at least I was better able to mentally prepare and stop hoping for the “it will get better next week/month” that people kept telling me about.
So glad to hear The Acrobat is thriving, though I’m sorry you still don’t feel well at all. Annie’s reaction and description is absolutely adorbs, though! (Am I allowed to say “adorbs”? I’m 27 and otherwise not very hip, but . . . you know. I try.)
I love Annie’s excitement. So cute.
I’m glad all the tests came back good. Love Annie’s excitement and how cute she see’s the teeth and smile
Awww! Annie will be a great big sister
By the way, are you still doing the daily blood thinners? I just remembered about that. Pregnancy is like a full time job for you!
Yep! Shots and oral (aspirin). It really IS like a full time job!
I love it! Any time E sees an ultrasound photo, she goes “dats my bruddah!” Not sure she’s going to be AS excited when he actually arrives, but she does like the photos.
I was sick with my daughter till 20 weeks, but it definitely dwindled around 14 weeks. Instead of throwing up all day every day it was more like every few days – totally dealable.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard every trick in the book but I definitely found that sticking to a meal schedule helped a lot. That meant getting up and eating first thing in the morning even on days I didn’t *have* to get out of bed.
Also – not sure if you can take it but Zofran might help. Didn’t do TOO much for me but it helped just a little.
Anyway – good luck – I am sure you WILL feel better soon….really!
sandy north says:
your title for todays blog startled me. I was imagining that you could actually see your babys tiny teeth in your latest ultra sound. I didnt stop to think that; of course babys are not usually born with teeth. Anyway..GLAD it was only Annie seeing the tiny baby teeth!. all is good with the world again.
If the zofran doesn’t do it, you might ask for Kytril. It’s in the same family. It worked better than the zofran pump for me, and it was the last option I had before having the picc line inserted.
B6 made me sicker… is it helping? Have you heard of PrimaBella wrist band? It didn’t stop the vomiting, but it helped my nausea, which was a blessing. Best of luck Heather. I’m so sorry you are dealing with this horrible disease.
“I will hold her fingers!” just made me cry a little.