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!