Rather than having to be constantly admitted my husband asked if I could attend hospital as an out patient a few times a week to get IV fluids. They said no as it wasn’t protocol 👎. So, week 16 came and I was admitted for the 6th time. I quite literally thought I was going to die if someone didn’t help me. I was whisked to the ward in a wheelchair.
It was the usual routine: have a line put in, be pumped with fluids, be taken off the fluids and given tablets, throw the tablets back up, select a range of potato dishes from the potato themed hospital menu just to amuse myself (even though I couldn’t eat any of it – although I did manage the ice cream, I always managed the ice cream), try to pee every morning etc etc!
Then….FINALLY, I saw a Consultant who had previously treated women with HG. HALLELUJAH! She started me on a course of steroids. To begin with I had to take 40mg a day. They gave me this in the form of EIGHT 5mg tablets. I couldn’t sip water yet they gave me EIGHT tablets to take…with water 😮. The side effects can be quite strong with steroids and on such a high dose the headaches were horrific. So horrific they made me feel even more sick!
After a few days I was able to eat and drink a little without it coming back up. I still felt terrible, and most days couldn’t get out of bed, but at least I was starting to get some kind of nutrition in me (even if it was in the form of Quavers crisps, Bourbons and Custard Creams!).
I was to reduce the steroid dose by 5mg each week until I eventually stopped them and would be cured. Not so! Whenever I went below 10mg it was like I’d gone back to week 5. The change overnight was unbelievable. So, I was left on a concoction of 10mg steroids daily, along with one Ondansetron tablet at night (Ondansetron is usually given to chemo patients). I still don’t think the Ondansetron did anything but I was too scared not to take it! I was still popping my steroids when I was in labour!
My father in law joked that when my baby was finally born she would be banned from taking part in any sporting events! Baby Popeye!