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.