Supporting Other Hyperemesis Gravidarum Sufferers

I’ve always been an activist at heart.  If my mom reads this post, she’ll laugh at this and nod her head.  I burned so much energy as a young person with what my parents lovingly (?) called “righteous indignation.”  Getting fired up about something was fun!  I wanted to go out and do something!  Anything!  I wanted to make a difference.

When you don’t have a whole lot of direction (and what teenager does?), it’s hard to channel that energy to really good use.  I mostly spent my time getting fired up, ranting, and then simmering down.  I couldn’t really find that special thing I wanted to “activate” about.  I have an English degree.  I’m allowed to make up words like that.

Frankly, I’m not very good at being an activist.  As my online friends will tell you, I can be… well, let’s face it, I can be pretty balls to the wall about stuff, and that’s not always a good thing when you’re trying to influence people to see your point of view.  I sometimes take the barbarian horde approach to diplomacy: conquer, pillage, take heads, worry about the other stuff later.  I’ve got a lot of energy and it’s easy to accidentally let that energy go off course and become a little destructive.

I think I’ve finally found my niche, though, in writing this blog.  Finally, I’ve found something constructive into which to channel my energy.  I feel like I’m actually accomplishing something here!  I’m not just feeding the flames of righteous indignation, I’m actually doing something!

I have gotten so many comments from you readers that tell me that I’m helping them.  I am so glad.  It makes me feel like I’m actually making a difference for people, and not just filling my own need to journal about this illness.

Here’s a real life example:

I’ve been talking to a co-worker who heard about the niece of a friend who is pregnant and really sick and on IVs and in and out of the hospital and is that the same illness that we were talking about?


According to my friend, this woman had bad morning sickness before, but what she’s going through now is a whole new level of awful.  Thankfully, I’ve got a few extra copies of Beyond Morning Sickness and Mama has HG lying around for just these occasions.  Today I was able to give her those books along with a note and my contact info.  I hope it brings her comfort and hope.

It feels so good to be able to give back like this.  I feel like I might actually be helping people.

I hope I really am helping.  I think I am.


As a brief pregnancy update, nothing is going on.  I’m feeling fine so far.  Fine enough that yesterday I skipped the zofran.  This makes me a little nervous.  At least some kind of symptoms would tell me that there’s something going on in there.  I’m not asking for HG, mind you, but a little something to let me know all is well would be nice.


As a further update, I got punished for not taking the zofran.  I had a definite bout of nausea last night at around 8 PM.  So let that be a lesson to me:  Don’t skip the zofran.

4 thoughts on “Supporting Other Hyperemesis Gravidarum Sufferers

  1. Thank you so much for all you are doing to spread HG awareness and assistance. Your efforts through this blog and personally in your area have already made such a difference. As I’ve mentioned to you, a number of women who might never have found Ashli’s book and other HG resources have done so because of your blogging efforts. You ARE really helping.

    Thank you also for going the extra mile in your area with the books. Blog or no blog, that niece would never have found the extra support she needs without your legwork. And one day she may well be doing what you’re doing . . . a little word of mouth can have exponential effects.

    God bless you!


  2. Hi there,
    Congratulations on your pregnancy and doing so much to help others. As a fellow hyperemesis gravidarum mum I am also blogging and mention my research on my blog. I’m reading up on medical marijuana because even cylizine didn’t do much for me and I was really ill for my entire pregnancy. Wish someone had made those books available when I was pregnant, I had never heard of hyperemesis and couldn’t understand how women were able to keep being pregnant a secret if they were ill like I was. Had to figure it out myself. The hg books out there are so expensive!


  3. Hey, Webby, we need to get the price down quick! Would that I had time to use the bathroom much less reset Amazon’s prices! LOL!

    Pal, such a great post! No skippy de ondansetron!


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