Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blessedly Sick

Weird title, I know.  But that's just how it is these days. 

I'm sure you've all heard by now our wonderful news that I'm pregnant with baby number two, and we're very excited!!!  However, this comes with a catch...I'm pregnant.  And when I get pregnant, I get a little monster called "hyperemesis gravidarum."  Those of you who were here when I was pregnant with Ella will remember that I got this beast of a medical condition, which is defined as, “debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting.”  (You can read about it at http://helpher.org/ if you are interested.)  Last time, I had to be hospitalized to get it under control, and I had been hoping that wouldn't happen this time. 

Well, I wasn't so lucky...and last Saturday, I ended up in the emergency room at Barnes Hospital with pretty bad dehydration.  They pumped me with not one but TWO liters of IV fluid, and I felt well enough to go back home.  Thankfully, my body responds to a medication called Zofran, which was developed to help chemotherapy patients deal with nausea, and is safe during pregnancy, so I am taking that every 4 hours, all day.  This medicine has side effects of its own which aren't fun, but they're better than constant debilitating nausea, so I'm really thankful to have it. 

So that's why you haven't heard from me in awhile.  I'm currently seven and a half weeks along with little peanut, so I've got a long way to go!  I'm due a few weeks after we move to Savannah this summer, so this will be a Georgia-born kid.  Love it.

Here's a picture of little peanut from the ER sonogram machine, at a little over 6 weeks along...




Here's a closeup...












I'm scheduled to go to the OB's office for the first time on Wednesday, so hopefully we'll have more pictures to share!

2 comments:

Meghan said...

amazing how someone so small can have such huge side effects! I'm glad you have the zofran!

DL said...

Excited for you and the newest Sagar! Praying for you that you'll feel better soon!