Slacking off on Posting– AGAIN!

Sorry I didn’t post (again) last Wednesday or Thursday. But, I have a really (really) good excuse. I was in the hospital.

Since I haven’t officially announced it, now’s probably a good time: I’m pregnant. And, if past experience dictates, I’m not very good at being pregnant. In fact, I’m terrible at it. I’ve enjoyed many stints in the hospital throughout my pregnancies, but this one kinda took the cake.

Two weeks ago, my doctor put me on home care due to horrible hyperemesis (read: really, really bad morning sickness). Last Tuesday, they started me on a subcutaneous Reglan pump– which in laymans terms is a big fanny pack that I wear that’s connected to a syringe that feeds medication directly into a small stint in my stomach. Blech. I was on a similar pump during my last pregnancy so I didn’t expect any problems, but I woke up on Wednesday and was literally unable to get out of bed. I couldn’t write. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t do anything. And, if you know me, that’s totally not like me.

By mid-afternoon, my mom got nervous and called the doctor. The doctor said to go to the hospital, and when my mom woke me up, my skin and eyes were yellow. By the time we got to the ER, I was shaking and superanxious. They rushed me back (I got triaged ahead of everyone in the room) and immediately removed the pump. The medication was causing liver failure.

They immediately admitted me and gave me drugs to counteract the medicine’s effects– and (fingers crossed) it doesn’t look like there was any permanent damage. Still, it was a scary couple of days.

The worst news is that just because I reacted to the meds doesn’t mean I’m off the hook on the pump. I still have it– it just has a new drug in it called Zofran– a drug that I’ve also become well acquainted with in the past. Let’s hope it works.

In the meantime, I may be a bit flighty with my blog in the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping I won’t have to return to the hospital again (my home care nurses are keeping me well hydrated) and I’m praying that this time (unlike the last two times) the nausea will disappear after the first trimester. In the meantime, please pray for me. I’m feeling like this baby’s due date (in May) is a really, really long way off– and I’m wondering how I’m going to survive months and months of this (again).

Thanks everyone for your wonderful support!

Erin

51 Comments

  1. Praying for you and your pregnancy! Just remember God is with you every step of the way and hey, this could be great material for book #2! :)

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  2. Wishing you strength and health and a quick passage of time until spring.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear of your scary hospital stay. May God intervene, Erin, and heal you completely, and give you a healthy, pregnancy with no further sickness or complications.

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  4. Oh my goodness, girl. Praying for you right now! I have several friends who have trouble like this when they're pregnant, and I SO admire them for braving their way through it!

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  5. Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  6. Yikes! Erin, I'm so sorry things are so whacky with your pregnancy! I guess God is giving you more life experiences that you'll be able to write about! Hope you'll be feeling better soon. And congratulations on the new little life growing inside of you! :-)

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  7. Congratulations on the news, Erin! I hope things settle down for you soon.

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  8. Congratulations!!! And oh my goodness, how scary!!!! Praying for you and please let me know how I can help!!!!

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  9. Oh my goodness, you poor thing! Please take care of yourself and don't worry about the blog. We'll be here when you feel better. A friend of mine had persistent morning sickness too, but not as bad as you seem to have it. Anyway, all my best wishes are with you. I hope you feel better soon!

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  10. Congratulations! Warm water with ginger might help. I hope all goes well for you. I had something similar with my second, but not as bad.

    There is an award for you on my blog, when you are ready. :)

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  11. Erin, Congratulations and I'll pray. There's always so much to anticipate with a new little life and with your health concerns I imagine it feels like there's so much more.
    ~ Wendy

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  12. Congratulations! And no need to feel bad about not posting — you already feel bad enough. I can empathize with your pain. The only thing that stopped my morning (all day vomiting) sickness was suppositories (yeah, you guessed where). Just remember, "This too shall pass."

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  13. Oh my goodness. If there was ever a legitimate excuse for not blogging, this is it. :0)
    My "couldn't get it together" excuse is feeling really lame now.

    First- YAY!– how awesome and exciting for you and then YIKES! how awful. I hope and pray that you will feel much better soon, that you will have NO further liver problems, and that this pregnancy will be different from your others in that your morning sickness is a first-trimester only type thing.

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  14. I can relate..having been in the hospital for hyperemisis. It's no fun and then liver failure on top for you! You poor thing. Im so glad you are home and on the mend. Keep us posted! Im praying!

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  15. Oh Erin! Congratulations on the pregnancy but I hope you get well soon. Praying for you right now. My sister and my sister-in-law both had extreme morning sickness so you have my total sympathy. Liver failure is serious stuff! I'm glad you got to the E.R. and were able to get the treatment you needed. Hope you're resting better to better take care of that little babe within for now.

    As Julie said – don't worry about the blog. We'll be here when you get back.

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  16. Wow, Erin! No wonder you are so well-equipped to write about the challenges of pregnancy. Hope you feel better soon–maybe it will ease up after first trimester.

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  17. so sorry you have to go thru all that, but at least the end results are totally worth it. Congrats!! will be praying for you!! Looking forward to hearing if you will be having a boy or a girl! spring is such a great time for babies!!

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  18. Awww, congrats! We will be praying for strength for you throughout this pregnancy. My friend seems to be going through the same thing. Congrats again :)

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  19. Oh my goodness -sounds scary! Sorry just reading all this – keeping positive thoughts and prayers sent your way!

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  20. I've been slacking on writing posts and reading them too… and have nowhere near as good a reason as you do!

    Take care of yourself, will keep you in prayer!

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  21. Erin I am thinking about you!

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  22. Oh Erin! How scary! I'm praying for you, friend!

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