Testimonies: Surviving Hyperemesis Gravidarum
edited: Thursday, October 04, 2007
By Raynie Andrewsen
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2007
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One woman's story of survival.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)is a rare pregnancy complication. HG affects only about 2% of pregnant women. HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease. Women suffer from rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and vomiting.
I was diagnosed with HG at a Reno emergency room on August 16, 2006. It began as just severe nausea and vomiting leading to dehydration, which they treated with antiemetics and IV fluids. However, the condition worsened. I went to the ER in Reno twice before resigning from my job and flying home to Southern California. I was so weak I could not care for myself. I didn't want Scotty to have to take care of me although he tried very hard to do so. My Mom said to come home and I did. I had to be in a wheelchair at the airport, and when they brought me down to where my sister was waiting for me, she didn't even recognize me! My niece had said I looked like my father when he was going through chemotherapy...