Find a Good Doctor for Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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I wanted to take a moment to write about the doctor supporting me through hyperemesis gravidarum, and why she is so wonderful.  With her permission, I’m going to go ahead and identify her.  I truly believe that I could not be receiving better care than I am getting right now from her

Dr. Aimee Brecht-Doscher understands hyperemesis gravidarum (links to a .pdf).  I mean, she really does.  She’s an HG sister.  She’s an HG crusader working for the HER Foundation as an advisor.

I was nervous when I first went to meet her.  I was coming in for a consultation to talk about my hyperemesis gravidarum protocol, and I was worried.  I had poured a lot of time and effort into it, and I wondered if she would think I was a nutcase.  I didn’t want her to roll her eyes and think I was one of those patients.  I worried that she would glance through and say, “Yeah, yeah.  This looks good.  It’ll be fine.  See you later.”

Instead, she went point by point through my protocol.  We talked about each one in detail.  She added touches here, corrected items there, and nudged a few points until they fit correctly into the whole.  We spent an hour sifting through what I had written, polishing it, and getting it ready for action.  Never once did she roll her eyes.  Never once did she act like I was over-compensating for things.  Never once did she say something like, “Well, are you sure this is necessary?  You know, every pregnancy is different.  Maybe we should just wait and see what happens.”

I left her office that day with a list of updates to make to my protocol to turn it into what it currently is.  I left with a prescription for 100 8mg ODT Zofran so we could find out ahead of time what my insurance will cover.  And I left with the feeling that things were going to be okay.  Going into that appointment, I felt nervous and afraid.  Walking out, I felt strong.  I felt empowered.  I believed, really believed, that we could get through this.

Every time I see her, I get that same boost.  It’s the way she listens.  It’s the way she really understands.  And it’s the way she’s willing to drop a nuclear bomb on this damn illness.

Right now, she’s watching me closely.  I’m going in to see her every week.  Right now is the critical time.  We’re waiting for the sickness to start.  During this time and once it starts, she wants to keep me stable.  Things can go south really quickly around the 6 week mark, and she wants to do her best to keep that from happening.  She’s not promising miracles.  She was pretty clear when she said that I would probably be very sick.  But she is promising the best medical care available.  She’s promising (and delivering) early aggressive treatment, which can make such a huge difference in the outcome of an HG patient.  She’s promising immediate home health so I don’t have to go to the hospital.  She wants to keep me home, with my family, as much as possible.  Dr. Brecht-Doscher is another one of my HG heroes.  I had excellent care last time around, but this is just phenomenal.

Another bonus:  She was an extended nurser herself, so she’s willing and able to make sure everything I’m taking is safe for the Grasshopper.

The care I am receiving is something that every HG sister deserves.  I hope this blog will stand as a testament to that, to what HG should look like for all of us.

 

If you are looking for a good doctor to support you through hyperemesis gravidarum, here’s a link to the HER Foundation referral site.  That’s how I found my doctor.

There’s also a section in the forums to help women find doctors.  Note: As with most online forums, you must be a registered member to post.

Good luck!

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8 thoughts on “Find a Good Doctor for Hyperemesis Gravidarum

  1. Wow, I am so happy that you found this doctor.

    During my HG research I actually came across her name and found article she wrote. If I can find it, I will post the link. I actually had printed it out a while back to take to my doctor and have her read it but then I chickened out. I was worried that she would think I was trying to insult her by bringing in outside information. I wanted to call Dr. Aimee Brecht-Doscher office for a long time. I live in Canada and cannot find a good doctor here, so I thought I would call her just to get advice over the phone. Again, I never did that but I’m glad to hear that she is giving you excellent medical care!

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  2. Wow, what an awesome doctor! I posted her story to Facebook!!!!

    I’m afraid that the contempt with which the normal world views HG is present just as heavily amongst the medical community. Work is needed just as much among doctors as among the rest of us.

    I wanted to let you know that I also had a break in symptoms somewhere around the 4-5 week mark. My nausea hit early, around 3w5d, but it took a drop (for maybe 4 days?) a week or two after that. I was absolutely convinced that I was going to miscarry, and I even had my midwife write an order for an ultrasound so I could get the misery of waiting over. But before I could even make the ultrasound appointment, my symptoms once again returned (and I canceled the appointment). Not good HG-wise, but comforting to know all was well with baby. So don’t worry too much! And I’m so excited for the awesome job you are doing!!

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  3. Your doctor sounds amazing. I am so jealous but so happy for you that you will be getting taken care of so well. I wish the best for you.

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  4. 9 weeks is a long way to go Ashli. 😉 A lot can happen between now and then.

    Yeah, it would be nice to be fluffy, though. My husband is convinced that it will pass me by this time. I asked him last night if it kind of crept up or if it was sudden. He said it was sudden. So I’m still just waiting for all hell to break loose.

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  5. I’ve read that if you don’t get it by 9 weeks, you ain’t gettin it! Wouldn’t it be nice to be fluffy?! (But realize that if you R we will all hate you, so you will just have to keep up this blog pretending to be God-awful sick for nine months. –Really, is that too much to ask?)

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  6. I am so jealous of you and your doctor. Ahem Ummm I mean happy for you. Well you know what I mean. I feel like it’s going to pass you by this time. I do. I’m intuitive like that. So just trust in it.
    You planned to well and now you won’t need them plans!
    But if you do, well we are all here and it sounds like you will be in good medical hands.

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  7. tell us how you found such a wonderful doctor? I have interviewed two potential OBs now at 50 bucks a pop (this does not include the last midwife practice I was with) and still not really satisfied with anyone. Google has not offered any good results. I am contemplating moving cross country so I can go to your Doctor!

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