This is what happens when you move to LA from SD in April and then immediately get pregnant in May and undergo hyperemesis…things are left unpacked and disorganized. It’s been a whirlwind of a journey! It’s October and there are still things we’re unearthing that we haven’t unpacked.
We stumbled upon this stash of candy the other day and I was flooded with traumatic memories of HG during my first trimester. This was my go-to survival kit of sweets I had in my parents’ house where I received IV treatment for two months. The nausea was so bad that I had to constantly be chewing gum or sucking on candy to try to keep myself from upchucking and also to battle the perpetual yucky, sour taste in my mouth. Werthers caramel candies were my favorites.
I couldn’t eat or drink anything for two months but there was always candy or gum in my mouth. My friends who would visit me would bring bags of candy because they knew that was the only thing I could eat! I guess this is a good reminder of how far I’ve come. At least now I am able to eat and digest food most of the time!
I realize HG is about finding victory in the little things. Mild-grade nausea is still ever-present and I’m still throwing up once or twice a week but I can celebrate the fact that I am: 1) not throwing up every day, 2) no longer on daily IV treatment, 3) no longer losing weight but actually gaining weight, 4) able to eat without major stomach pain, 5) able to have a bowel movement every day! (sorry if that was TMI, but this one is a serious victory to celebrate), 6) able to go out in public (on my good days at least), and 7) able to take care of my daughter most of the time.