But enough about that. Let’s talk babies.
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a complication of pregnancy that is characterized by severe nausea and vomiting such that weight loss and dehydration occur. Signs and symptoms may include vomiting several times a day and feeling faint. It is more severe than morning sickness. Often symptoms get better after the 20th week of pregnancy but may last the entire pregnancy.
Eventually, we managed to get partnered up with a home health care company, who provided us with all kinds of fun medical supplies. We now had a pump, which fed into injection sites that we had to change twice a day. This meant that I got to stab my pregnant wife with a chubby (and often slightly dull) little needle to feed a small catheter under her skin, and a slow drip of reglan would be administered subdermally. This went ok for a little while. The sticks were painful, there were always bruised whelps at the injection sites, and the medicine made her very sleepy, but at least she was able to keep some food down (at least most of the time). But then the negative side effects of reglan started to take hold in the form of severe depression. Luckily, Jenny is good at spotting that kind of thing, so we went back to the doctor and got ourselves a new prescription.
Zofran was the next step up, medicinally speaking. It worked a little bit better, and the side effects of the reglan started to wear off. The problem with zofran, however, was that it left much larger, and more painful whelps where the injection sites were. We would have to alternate areas of her body, because areas would become extremely bruised and painful after only a couple of day’s worth of injections. Also, her condition became more and more severe as time went on, which led up to her being administered the highest dose that people are allowed to receive, as well as regular IV hydration.