Hyperemesis Gravidarum has Me Feeling the Monday Blues

It’s Monday, and the week is off to an inauspicious start with the hyperemesis gravidarum.  Feeling slightly worse every day.  I imagine after this week my doctor will write me out of work completely.  For the time being, my office has said that my half-days will need to come out of sick time.  Whatever.  It’s only 5 days.  I don’t really care at this point.  I’m just looking forward to being out.  The smells of people heating their lunch were brutal today.  The smell of the microwaved air was pretty horrifying.

I managed to eat a really good lunch today, but I’m paying for it right now.  It was some of my favorite cheese enchiladas from a local Mexican restaurant.  I spent most of the morning getting ready to tie up loose ends at work.  I made new customer sheets to give to whoever is backing me up.  I don’t know what will happen to my customers, but at least I have a few days to figure it out.

The fridge smell is getting worse also.  I’m going to get out my aromatherapy oil and see if that helps.  I’ve got an old bandana of my dads, so I imagine myself walking around the house looking like I want to hold up a bank in the wild west.  Also, the Grasshopper’s smell hit me weird for a few hours yesterday, which I found to be very upsetting.  The HG is probably going to take a lot away from me for a while, but I do not want it to take my relationship with my daughter.  We do quiet things together a lot like reading, cuddling and watching movies, and so far I’m still able to nurse.  I really don’t want to give up any of that.

Tomorrow we’ll be diverging from our normal posting again.  I finally got brave enough to write a submission for the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and it was accepted!  I’m pretty excited about that.  So be sure to stay tuned for that.  There will be links to lots of other posts from other participants as well, so it should be pretty good.  For a better idea of what Natural Parenting is all about, check out the button on the right side of the screen.  It’s fun stuff.  Like anything, take what you need and leave the rest!

Thanks as always for your support.  I had a pretty blue weekend and I’m feeling pretty down again today, but it’s amazing the boost I get from you guys and from my family.  Reading your comments really helps me.  This is such an isolating illness, and maintaining the connected feeling is going to make a world of difference I think.  My sister-in-law called Sunday just to check in and chat.  She said she hadn’t seen me posting much on Facebook recently, so she was worried.  She lives overseas, but just knowing she was thinking of me made me feel so good.  I love you Carmen!  You made my day!

10 thoughts on “Hyperemesis Gravidarum has Me Feeling the Monday Blues

  1. I am sooo sorry you are back to dealing with smells. Ugg! I find it strange that something so horrible brings such powerful abilities with it. Before HG, I never thought something like water had a smell, much less a bad one! What an amazing family you have! So sweet of your sis-in-law to check in on you. Hopefully the HG won’t touch your time with the Grasshopper! But if it does, one day she is going to realize the incredible sacrifice you made for her and her sibling(s) and I am sure she will love you all the more for it!! Thanks again for your postings…lots of good reminders for my protocol for #2! I have one quick question to add – do you want us to add foodment and drinkment warnings on comments? I am more than happy to, especially as this progresses for you. Don’t want to inadvertantly set anything off!


    1. I, like Laura, would love to know what’s a no-no to mention on here. Before you were officially preggers, it was all ok, but I would hate to say something in my ramblings that makes you feel awful. Sometimes I don’t think…like my last comment. I’m sorry. Please let us know.


  2. This post about the smells brought me back. Not a good place to be, BUT it reminded me that if I am teach while HGing, I MUST speak with my supervisor about getting me out of lunch duty. I cannot imagine having to do lunch duty while in the throws of HG. Thank you for the reminder to add it my protocol 🙂


  3. Yuck… so sorry. I remember all of this too well, and it is so miserable. I had a thought about your daughter’s smell bothering you. I’ve read that before. I only have one child, so I haven’t experienced that part, but I felt that way about my husband. (Poor guy.) So I ordered “miracle soap” (http://www.miraclesoap.com/) online- it’s marketed as scentless- of course in HG land nothing is scentless, but maybe if you changed her bath to something scentless or a smell that doesn’t bother you… my aunt had my uncle bathe with baking soda… weird, but it worked for them. I don’t know. I know with HG sometimes everything smells awful, and nothing works, but it was just a thought. Try not to worry. Just take each day as it comes. Deal with tomorrow when it gets here. You’ll work out the best way to still have your sweet times with your daughter (even if you have to wear your bank robber mask :)… you obviously love each other SO much. This is temporary… Hang in there! Praying!


  4. As others have commented, I too remember the smells. I bought some pure peppermint oil and would sniff it for hours. I also remember my mom coming over once to help clean our house, and I asked her to scrub every washable surface with Pinesol. (I apologize if that is a bad word for you right now. When I was pregnant, that smell wiped away all badness for me. It was a savior.) After all else had been washed, she was asking, “Is that enough?” And I was saying, “No, no, use more of it!” Lol. It’s a toxic chemical, and I probably didn’t need to be living in the fumes of it, but good grief it eased my stomach! She was on her knees scrubbing our fireplace with the stuff because that was the only surface left that hadn’t been touched with it. I hope you find your ease scent (if you have one), or whatever works for you soon. Hang in there.


  5. I’m sorry you’ve started feeling worse. I really am. I think about you so much.

    Congratulations on the acceptance of your submission. I checked out the website and loved it. This is how I raised my kids (and took a lot of criticism for so many things). But it worked for us so the criticism fell on deaf ears. Now that my kids are adults, our bonds are still so incredibly strong. Spending time with them never gets old. I have no regrets.

    I cannot wait to read your contribution.

    I’m glad you’ll soon be home from work. Like Anna said…this is temporary. You will be full of life again before you know it.


  6. Don’t worry about mentioning stuff. I managed to watch one of my favorite shows this afternoon: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Thought and image triggers weren’t really an issue for me last time and so far they aren’t this time either. Thank goodness for that.


  7. I don’t have any great tips like the other ladies but just wanted to tell you, YOU CAN DO THIS GIRL!!!!!! You give me hope that I can one day live through HG!


  8. I feel your pain soooo badly, I suffered terribly from HG and it’s the single reason I’ve not had another baby yet. My daughter is 16months and I am terrified of the impact it will have on her.

    You have my sympathies… I assume you’ve tried all the medical routes? None of them really worked for me, sadly, and it was just a drip and time that made a difference in the end.


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