Assembling the Disaster– I mean, the Hyperemesis Kit

I made it to Target yesterday between swim class and nap time to pick up the last of the items for my hyperemesis gravidarum kit, and last night, while my daughter ate star and heart shaped sandwiches, I put the whole thing together.

This kit contains my Essentials for Surviving the First Weeks contained in one compact, and easily accessible unit.  Fancy!

Here’s what’s in The Kit.

Let me apologize for the picture quality.  It was at night.  It was on my phone.  My camera is in Europe with my husband.

I started with getting together the medicines that will be my first line of defense (refer to my HG protocol for timing and dosage).

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From left to right they are:

  • Zofran 8 mg ODT tablets – It’s a starter Rx of 15, I’ve got a prescription on hand for a full months supply that I will fill when I become pregnant
  • Unisom – NOT the sleep melts, plain old Doxcilimine Succinate
  • A pill splitter
  • Generic Pepcid – Last time everything turned to acid in my mouth so I couldn’t eat.  Hopefully this will help with that.
  • Generic Colace – Trust me, if you’re taking Zofran, you will need this stuff.
  • Generic Ketone test strips
  • What’s missing? B6.  I have regular B6 on hand, but I’m ordering the sublingual B6 from the natural food store.  It just hasn’t come in yet.

After I got the druuugs together, I put together some natural remedies.  We’re going to be hitting this from all sides.

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(Dang that’s blurry!) From left to right they are:

  • Crystalized Ginger
  • 550 mg Ginger pills
  • Ginger chews
  • Rescue remedy Pastilles – Rescue Remedy came highly recommended by a UK HGer who’s been through this many times and plans to become an HG Doula.  I’m givin’ it a shot!
  • Aromatherapy blend – Aura Cacia Pep Talk: cardamom seed oil, sweet orange oil, lemon oil, peppermint oil
  • Organic hard candy variety bag

Now for the comfort measures.  Things that won’t help with the puking, but may help me feel more comfortable.

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There’s a lot here.  I’m going to work in a circle, left to right on the back row, then right to left across the front:

  • Cooling gel eye mask
  • Baby washcloths
  • Facial cleansing cloths
  • Generic Lysol disinfecting wipes – These won’t actually go in the kit.  I picked up a 3 pack.  One for each toilet.  Believe me, when you’ve got your head in the bowl for days on end, the last thing you want to look at is toilet grode.
  • (front row) Sensitive, unscented baby wipes
  • Chewing gum
  • Child’s toothbrush – The smaller head may be less gag inducing than a full sized adult brush.
  • Child’s toothpaste – The gentler flavor may be less of a trigger than the strong adult stuff.
  • Chapsticks: Burt’s Bees and Alba – Variety to see which one works best for me.

Because of the upcoming holidays, I need something that will travel easily.  For the medicines and smaller essentials, I purchased a cute travel case.  It’s actually got 2 zippers meaning I can put a luggage lock on it to keep out curious toddlers.

 

This will be my grab and go kit.  This will go with me to San Francisco for Thanksgiving and then Ecuador for Christmas.

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Into the travel kit went:

  • Everything from the medicine list
  • Everything from the natural remedies – A selection of the candies is in a ziplock bag on top of the case.
  • Gum
  • A Lip gloss

 

It all fit very neatly.  Now I’ve got a grab and go, kit-within-a-kit that is perfect for travel.  It will probably also be good for the office when the HG still allows me to work.

I want to keep this stuff together under my sink, so I picked up a cute storage bin.  This way, it can live under my sink in readiness and then come out and be part of the regular house without being hideously ugly!

 

Everything fits neatly.  Nice, contained, and compact.

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A Note about Food Items:  I received a suggestion here and several suggestions on the HelpHer forums for different food items to include.  Things like Jello, Gatorade, cookies, etc.  I definitely took those suggestions!  I just didn’t put them in this kit because of where I am storing it.  I’m just not super comfortable with keeping food items under the bathroom sink.  I’m building my snack stash separately, in the pantry.

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9 thoughts on “Assembling the Disaster– I mean, the Hyperemesis Kit

  1. Brewer’s Yeast–begin by adding a tsp. to juice and work up to 2 Tbs. a day. I like the one Lewis Labs makes the best. Start before you are pregnant if possible. I drink OJ with Brewer’s Yeast every morning, because it calms my nerves, pregnant or not pregnant. Midwives recommend it for Morning Sickness, and I definitely didn’t suffer from MS with either of my pregnancies. It worth a try and it won’t harm the baby.

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    1. Elizabeth – I think you edited your comment, which is funny because I was just about to reply and ask you how you take yours. Brewers Yeast is also a galactagogue* (something that can be used to increase milk supply), so when I was struggling with nursing the grasshopper in the beginning, I tried to take it. It just gave me horrible beery burps. Do you find that starting small and mixing in the juice (as opposed to mixing in maple syrup flavored oatmeal!) keeps that at bay?

      *I’m not going to tell you how long it took me to get that sucker spelled right!

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      1. You might want to try Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast flakes! The other kind made me burb, too! Do not buy it in bulk, exposure to light kills the B vitamins. You would think Healthfood stores would know better!!?? The vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and trace elements in Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast is truly amazing!! Putting it in Oatmeal when one is nursing would be good if one can stomache it, since both are galactagogues*! Man, I hope BY works for you!!

        *I copied your spelling of it!

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  2. You had mentioned in an earlier post about ordering wrist bands (and maybe other things) over the internet. I would recommend that you either go ahead and order those now or else be sure that you’ve got all the info written down somewhere (website, item number, cost, etc.). Because if this hits you harder the second time, you may not want to wait for things to arrive and/or you may be having someone else place the orders for you (I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling even slightly nauseous the last thing I need to do is stare at the screen and try to find things).

    I didn’t suffer from HG or even MS (one of the few things I didn’t have to deal with), but I did a similar thing with the meds and stuff that I knew I’d need at the different stages of my pregnancy — got meals ready ahead of time, wrote out laundry instructions, kid feeding instructions, contact info for doctors, etc. And gave a copy to DH and to my parents because they would come to help out sometimes when I was on bed rest at the various stages.

    And I wrote out instructions for myself, because I’d find myself forgetting if certain things were OK to do or not (like what was OK to take for the migraines, when I was passing out, etc.). And you’re right — it does help a lot, knowing that you and your baby made it through to the end OK. And being as prepared as you can is huge — by the time I had my third, DH and I could seamlessly move from one phase to another, knowing which ones required me to go to bed, which ones I was OK to be on my feet but resting, etc.

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  3. Hello,
    I am a mommy of 3 and experienced HG all 3 pregnancies. My last pregnancy I was able to get Diclectin from Canada. Although it did not take all the sickness away, it helped a WHOLE LOT. I just wanted to let you know that it is possible to get it here in the USA. My ob wrote a RX for it and I used canadadrugs.com to get it. I knew I needed something else after Zofran and phenagren didn’t work in my second pregnany and I ended up in the ER twice. The difference between using unisom/b6 combo and Diclectin is that the Diclectin is time released. I’ve heard from others that taking the unisom knocks them out. Yes, I felt tired on the diclectin, but it didn’t knock me out.
    Janet

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    1. Janet, reading your blog really gives me hope. I’m planning on doing the OTC version of diclectin: unisom/B6. I’ll talk to my doctor about the possibility of getting a Diclectin Rx and having it compounded in Canada. Maybe the time release will help offset the drowsiness affects of the unisom. I really loved your post about the history of diclectin. If you’ve got some of the source material, I’d love it if you could point me in the right direction.

      Take care and hope all goes well in your HG recovery! Congratulations on the beautiful baby!

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