Week 17 AKA: my worst week yet.
Now that I’m not getting fluids through the IV, I really needed to try drinking more. On a good day, I might get 20 oz in. But I really needed 40-60 at least! The Zofran helped me from getting really sick, but didn’t prevent the nausea. The problem with it, while I could take 8mg every 8 hours, it really only gave me relief for 3 to 4 hours before it faded away. It made for some unpleasant days at work. The last thing I wanted was for anyone else to have to be around me when I was getting sick.
The doctor has tried to get me a prescription for Diclegis, but the insurance wouldn’t cover it. They had some samples to give me, hoping that the insurance will cover it now, since we’ve exhausted every other option. It took a few days, but they finally approved.
Because my 3 other children were born 2.5, 3.5 and 5.5 weeks early, the odds of baby #4 being early were pretty good. With my son spending 10 days in the NICU, and then 2 months on an apnea monitor, I wanted to be sure to do whatever I could do to prevent another premie.
So to be proactive with this pregnancy, my doctor ordered me P17 (progesterone) weekly injections. Yup, shots. Every week. For 18-20 weeks. In the hip. Every week. And the medication is thick. And it hurts. Every week. For the entire week until it’s time for the next one. Granted, everyone has different pain tolerances, and my new nurse Kate said some patients say one side hurts more than the other. But it is not pleasant. However, the alternatives are worse, so I’ll stick with my shots.
Aside from the pain the first few days after the initial injection, I noticed my nausea wasn’t as uncomfortable. I wasn’t getting sick at the thought of food, so I began to eat more. Beverages were still a different story, but I was actually able to chew food for the first time since before I found out I was pregnant. No more over-cooked pasta and mashed potatoes!
I wasn’t really sure if it was the shots or the Diclegis, so I tested it out by skipping the pills. Bad idea. The combination of the progesterone, Diclegis, and my Zofran all were working together. Take anything out of the equation and I’d be asking for it! So, now I know.
I feel really thirsty though. I tried to drink, not just sipping like I had be, but properly drink a small glass of water. Bad idea. I tried juice, it stayed down, but I felt “swishy.” From what I’m reading in a few support sites, many moms dealing with HG can’t tolerate plain water… I wonder why that is…