First let me say a BIG thank you to all of you who wrote emails and called in concern of my sudden disappearance. I have only just in these last couple of days finally gotten up the nerve to actually open up my GMAIL account, I was literally afraid to do so because I had no idea how many emails would be sitting there waiting for me. Well, let’s just say there was A LOT!!!! and I have still yet to go through them all. So please forgive me if you emailed and I have yet to get back to you. Also let me say Thank you for those of you who even not knowing what had happened began to pray for me and my family ( you guys know who you are .. and didn’t stop until you finally had heard from me.. Those Prayers were certainly a strength to me and my family.
So…. The BIG ? is what in the world happened??
Well for those of you who follow my blog know that the last post I got out was March 27 and that was just days before we had found out that we were going to be expecting our 6th Baby!!!
That was the Last post that I was able to get up ( BARELY ) before Morning Sickness hit me like a TON of bricks.
I don’t get your typical or average Morning Sickness symptoms. I suffer from what is called,
There is not enough research out there to know exactly why and what causes Hyperemesis or who is most likely to get it. Some researchers and doctors say that your chances of getting it more than once are slim, however I have had it 6 times. With our first pregnancy there was no indication or doctors direction as to why I was so extremely sick just that I needed to endure. I was in and out of the hospital and emergency rooms being put on IV’s because of severe dehydration at one point I had actually passed out.
With our Second pregnancy I thought surely this one would be different. WRONG!!!! it was the same and still no explanation as to WHY?? Just endure said the Doctor.
Pregnancy number Three…. The same
Pregnancy number Four…. The same
It wasn’t until pregnancy number Five did we finally get an explanation as to what it was I was suffering from, even though the Doctor told us that she herself didn’t know much about it or the causes of it there was some relief in just knowing what it was I had and that I wasn’t just abnormal…. Okay, well I guess it is kind of Abnormal…
By the time we had found out about this Pregnancy I was feverishly trying to get things organized for the children and my husband, I also knew that I had some Blogging Commitments that needed to be contacted and I wasn’t even able to reach all of them before I could no longer keep my head up.
I believe I only had 3 days before it all came crashing down for me.
I suffer from a 24hr Hyperemesis, meaning there is no break for me. The Nausea is so Extreme that even THINKING is to much for me. Swallowing my own saliva can make me sick. Talking is out of the question. Food becomes my Worst Enemy and even making eye contact can make me throw up and the list goes on..
We have a PPO insurance and even with my medical history of it the insurance company still wants proof that all other medications or that I have shown up in the ER are present before they will approve treatment.
Is given and doesn’t even touch it.
Because I was unable to hold or keep anything down and was Severely Dehydrated a PICC Line was prescribed as well as a TPN bag that was on a 24hr pump. I have to say I was so thankful for that TPN bag even though I continued to be sick I didn’t have the stress of having to try to force food or liquids down my throat. The nurse had me on a High Protein and Carb so I would gain weight. And gain weight I did… Amazingly so since I hadn’t had a MORSEL of food or drink in 3 months.
My arm became swollen and my skin began to get severely irritated and raw due to the constant dressing change and lack of breathing for my skin underneath.
My husband took these with his iphone while we were at one of our visits to the clinic for a blood draw, which had to happen once a week and a dressing change once a week and a doctors visit once a week… Each of which I dreaded.
I must say though I feel so VERY VERY Blessed.
My family went above and beyond to serve and care for me during this time. I truly had the only stress of being sick and no stress of the home or daily needs needing to be met.
My husband juggled his job, my appointments as well as the nightly change and cleaning of my TPN bag as well as the children and household needs. Our children were constantly making sure that any and all my needs were met when my husband was at work and helped him Selflessly when he was at home. I certainly couldn’t have made it through or done as well with out them…
But ABOVE all that is the LORD!!!!
He carried me through Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually…
I am FINALLY on the other side of it.
And we are all so VERY excited because….
Just in case you wanted to know…
So we are ALL about the…
And it will take me some time to get back on track as well as caught up.
Thank you so much again for your Prayers and Concern and I look forward to getting in touch with you once again…
If you or somebody you know suffers from HG and would like to get more information or help in the raising awareness of this disease you can go to www.helpher.org a foundation dedicated to this cause.