Last Week on Inked Brownies

And so my absence continues…

Dear everyone,/howdy!

I dropped a line on Twitter earlier this week about still being sick and how I would explain things here somewhere after Thursday. Things took a modest dramatic turn shortly after, and I ended up being admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.

So, what’s the deal, Neil?! Let me start with the good news: after years of trying, I am finally [insert pause for dramatic effect] pregnant!

The crappy news: I’m one of those women suffering from HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum). Now, whenever I tell this to someone (not that I’ve told a whole lot of people yet), I get a somewhat “OH, but all pregnant women are nauseous!”. Yeah, there’s a difference.

Distinguishing between morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum:

Morning Sickness: Hyperemesis Gravidarum:
Nausea sometimes accompanied by vomiting Nausea accompanied by severe vomiting
Nausea that subsides at 12 weeks or soon after Nausea that does not subside
Vomiting that does not cause severe dehydration Vomiting that causes severe dehydration
Vomiting that allows you to keep some food down Vomiting that does not allow you to keep any food down

Source:Β http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/hyperemesis-gravidarum/

For the past 3.5 weeks, I’ve been nauseous practically non-stop and vomitedΒ up until the point of damaging my oesophagus and coughing up blood. Eating is a nightmare. Drinking is a nightmare. My ritual of drinking tea three times a day is gone. Just thinking about tea makes me gag. There have been a lot of days where the most I could get into my system without it coming out again was half a banana and a glass of water.

Being completely exhausted and apparently dehydrated, I was admitted to the hospital and put on an IV drip this week. This didn’t solve much, though. I’m still nauseous 24/7 and am hoping the new anti-nausea meds I got today will finally work.

Seeing my main activities are sleeping, lying down, vomiting or trying to shove food in and keeping it down, there still won’t be any blogging activity from my side until I can at least read properly again. So far, reading is making me extra nauseous, so I haven’t done a lot of it. I’ve sent some letters to publishers and authors whom I still owe an ARC review. If I haven’t written you a letter, I hope you’re reading this and know I will get to it whenever I can again. For now, my health comes first, though.

I can’t put any timeframe on this whole ordeal but I’m sincerely hoping it will get better 3-7 weeks from now, and I can be more excited about having a baby in general! It’s pretty hard if you’re feeling like shit every day for almost a month now.

Thanks to my awesome friends for listening to me whine about this and/or having supported me in general for the past couple of weeks. You know who you are! ❀

If there’s anyone else who has gone through this, feel free to share your experiences in the comment section! I might not always reply at the moment, but I will still read the comments (if there are any) and will be forever grateful to you for making me feel more like I’m not alone in this!

About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

62 Comments on And so my absence continues…

  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope it gets easier soon!

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  2. thebookprophet // 09/12/2016 at 19:27 // Reply

    Congrats on the pregnancy, but that HG must really suck! Get well soon!

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  3. Oh my goodness, congratulations (on being pregnant – yay!) and oh no!

    I only had to go to hospital once because of unending vomiting (I couldn’t even sip water, it started the retching off again), so I consider myself very lucky. I felt nauseous the first 4 months, practically all the time, but only had that one trip to the hospital, so I don’t complain about it! Looking at a computer screen during those months ramped up my nausea massively, so I understand why you need to keep away from the blog.

    Feel free to poke anyone who says “Oh but everyone gets morning sickness” in the eye. They have no idea.

    Keeping everything crossed that this passes as quickly as possible and clears up completely when you hit the 2nd trimester. Then you can go about being glowing and happy πŸ™‚

    P.S. Thinking about tea also made me feel ill. This will pass!

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    • Thanks Claire! :-*

      Oh, sipping water is the worst! You probably had the same thing back then! It’s absolutely miserable. Nobody ever tells you this can happen. All those glowing pregnant women sighs. I read that Kate Middleton had it too, though! Yes, the computer screen is NOT my friend right now ;).

      Haha, I’m too tired for poking but throwing them the death glare should do too ;).

      Thank you so much for sharing! I’m almost 10 weeks now, so I’m hoping 2017 will mark the beginning of better times :-*.

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  4. Congratulations! Feel better and take your time getting back into the swing of things. I’m sure your readers will understand.

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  5. Congrats! Do feel better! I get pre-eclampsyia when I’m pregnant (which is why I only have 2 kids), so I totally get it that what you’re going through isn’t normal! Hope you respond well to the IV and the meds! Don’t worry about us, take care of yourself!

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    • Thank you!! Oh dear, that’s a serious condition! I remember one of the first episodes of ER was about a woman dying of pre-eclampsia, and it always stuck with me for some reason. You’d almost wonder why so many babies are still born every day with all this crap πŸ˜‰

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  6. ichabod2014ic // 09/12/2016 at 19:57 // Reply

    Oh my Goodness!
    You poor thing!
    I am happy for you but feel bad for you at the same time. :-/
    Your pal,
    ~Icky. πŸ™‚

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  7. Congrats!!! Poor you! My mom had that trouble but luckily I didn’t πŸ˜‚ Eat something you haven’t eat before, you may find that you love it and it doesn’t make you sick 😊

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    • Thank you!! D’awe! Lucky you indeed! I wish I could eat in the first place :(. But I’ve never had kangaroo for dinner I suppose? πŸ˜‰

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  8. Congratulations! I had hyperemisis for 2 of my 3 pregnancies and was hospitalised. It’s so horrible and don’t think people realise that it’s nothing like morning sickness. I lost so much weight that I was 2 dress sizes smaller by the end of the pregnancy. My reason the last time was twins!!! Have you had scan to check for twins? Do not worry that it affects the baby though-I got slimmer but my twins were born 10 days early and were both 3.6kg. Good luck!!

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    • Thank you!! Oh crap! Most people don’t. I’ve got friends who keep wanting to come on over while I have to explain every time that I really can’t handle visitors. The puking your guts out and inability to eat or drink is just a nightmare. I lost weight as well, but little seahorse is doing a-okay so I try not to worry about that part too much indeed (although the doctors do!). Ha! They checked for twins when I was 6 weeks already because of the extreme nausea. It’s just one, though. Happily sucking his thumb on my last ultrasound while his mom is feeling like shit ;). I can’t even imagine how hard carrying twins must be like when you get the double amount of this! Women rock! ❀

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  9. Congratulations! And hopefully you feel better sooner rather than later!

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  10. Congrats!!! A little brownie! πŸ˜€

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  11. Congratulations!! I have 3 kids. Pregnancy is a blast!
    πŸ™„
    Actually, here’s the truth. Moving helps a lot. I ran through all of my pregnancies. But I am a running coach. Walking helps tremendously though. Give it a shot.
    Many blessings to you Anne!

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    • Hahaha, oh, that’s tongue in cheek stuff alright!

      I’m not even allowed to do any household chores at the moment (if I could) but I swear, as soon as I feel better again, I’m gonna walk the shit out of it! (literally as well hopefully, I’m SO constipated…).

      Thank you!! :-*

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  12. Did you hear that scream Anne! That was me while I was doing a happy dance! I’m sorry you’re so sick though. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this new medication kicks in so you can enjoy being a mom-to-be. Sending you LOADS of hugs and kisses!πŸ€—πŸ˜™πŸ’πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

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  13. You are a tough cookie! You got this. Love you ❀

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  14. Congratulations, that’s wonderful news, I’m so happy for you, especially if you’ve been trying so long already ! When is the little one due then? I hope your nausea will be over soon.. I know it’s not really helpful now but it’s for a good cause at least ;-).

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    • It’s a blessing, really, thank you!! Blessingsdon’t always come cheap, though, apparently ;).11th of July, so about 6.5 more months to go, hopefully without nausea soon. Definitely <3. Being able to guilt-trip this kid later on about making his mother feel so terrible is something to look forward to as well ;). JK, JK! Or am I?!

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  15. You do what you have to, little mama. I had nausea 24/7 for about 2.5 months, but I could eat pretzel sticks and drink flat cola. Not being able to keep anything down is serious business! I am glad they finally put you in the hospital, so you can have an IV. Sending all the good energies and tons of hugs. And then some more hugs. πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’–

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    • <3. The IV didn’t help much when it comes to energy, appetite or nausea, but boy, I could finally take a massive dump for the first time in weeks! :’). Sharing is caring right? (A) Thanks La La!! ❀

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  16. I hope you get through this and enjoy baby life. Take care.

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  17. Congratulations on being pregnant, it’s great news for both you and Mister Anne.πŸ˜€

    That really sucks about being so ill to though, I really hope it gets easier and better for you soon.

    Yeah, it’s a shocker I’m being nice – don’t tell anyone!πŸ˜‚

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    • Thanks Drew! And ooh, I like that one, “Mister Anne” :D. Shows who’s wearing the pants in this house alright! :’) :’). (good thing I’m not married to a Scotsman or that could literally be true)

      Yeah, total crap fest, but by Gandalf’s beard, it shall pass!!

      My lips are sealed ❀

      .

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  18. Aww my Anne!! Congrats on your pregnancy. How I’ve missed you but you totally come first and I really hope you feel better soon. Love you xoxoxoxox

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  19. Awe congratulations!!! That is such wonderful news, so exciting! I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well though 😦 that has to be awful, I couldn’t imagine. I hope you start to feel better soon!!

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  20. First of all, congratulations! Second, I hope this stops soon and you can start enjoying your pregnancy.
    Not to make you jealous, I had a 0% nauseous pregnancy… My niece however had to go to the hospital several times during her pregnancy because of dehydration…
    Sending healing and positive thoughts your way! πŸ’‹

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  21. Wow, Anne. I really hope you start feeling better soon. We miss you! But we’ll be here when you get back. 😘❀️

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  22. Gosh that sounds horrible, but I hope you feel better soon! Congratulations though, so happy for you!! πŸ™‚

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  23. Congrats on the pregnancy!! That’s so exciting. I’m sorry you’re feeling really terrible though :(. I hope those meds help and you start feeling better soon, Anne! β™₯β™₯

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  24. Congratulations, Anne! ❀ ❀ I hope the meds will help making you feel better soon, take care of yourself ❀

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  25. Congrats on the pregnancy ❀ But I hope this will get better soon! I couldn’t do that, I have emetophobia, so imagine if I had this condition… Take care lovely!

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    • Thanks Annie! ❀ Omg, that would suck tremendously indeed! I used to have it as well. Now it’s only a mild version, but I still tremble and cry every time I puke. Lesigh!

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  26. Congratulations!
    I’m sorry that you’re not feeling well at all 😦
    Take care of yourself ❀

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  27. rashthedoctor // 10/12/2016 at 12:30 // Reply

    Congrats Anne ! Sorry to hear your ordeal with Hyperemesis gravidarum,hope u feel well soon

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  28. I already said it but …. I AM SO OVER THE MOON!!! Not that you’re sick as hell, my poor Lady Sausy, I wish I could send you a Sims magic potion so you could keep food but that pregnancy means so much to you and I understand just how much you went through so I’m proud of you and your little warrior ❀ I’m sending love and hugs waves your way and I can’t wait for you to feel a little better so we can chat again πŸ™‚ I miss you and I’m here for you if you need anything ❀

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  29. Anne, I’m so happy for you. This is one of life’s great adventures! I have four children, each pregnancy being completely different from each other. While I was pregnant with my third child, I started going into labor at six months. From that point on, I was in and out of the hospital and on total bed rest for three months. It was very scary and difficult, but I got a lot of people to help me with my two other young kids, and people brought us meals. I was unable to stand for more than a few minutes without contractions starting up. But it really was worth it. My son was born healthy and he was a very easy baby. My son just celebrated his 18th birthday, last Sunday.

    You will get through this. Ask for help, and remember that you get a lovely baby at the end of this! Best wishes.

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  30. Dawn O'Brien // 11/12/2016 at 14:20 // Reply

    oh my goodness….but congratulations and I hope the iv and hospital rest will help and you feel a bit better soon! my experience of pregnancy wasn’t very good either, I had pre eclampsia and hospital for bed rest and my son was born by emergency section at 29 weeks….however, he is now a strapping 24 year old! all the best to you xxx

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  31. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I believe my mother had the same thing when she was pregnant with me. She was throwing up throughout the entire pregnancy. I hope your care team is able to keep you hydrated and healthy through the rest of your pregnancy!

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  32. Congratulations, but I’m sorry you’re so sick. πŸ’™

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  33. Congrats on the pregnancy but I certainly hope they can do something to help you feel better. My sister was extremely sick for most of her pregnancy but it didn’t get to the point she was dehydrated but certainly was sick more than a “normal” pregnancy.

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  34. My dear Anne!… Sending you lots of love and strength! You can do this! ❀

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  35. Anne,
    Oh my goodness! I literally dropped my muffin when it mentioned “pregnant”, I am going to need a few minutes – complete silence.
    I am happy for you, and I wish you all the best with your family. Get well soon πŸ˜€

    Shay-lon

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  36. Gosh- firstly I hope you start to feel better soon- and secondly MASSIVE congratulations!!!! So happy for you! That’s amazing news πŸ™‚ oddly I’d heard of this cos Kate Middleton had it or something similar, so they blasted the news with awareness raising stuff both times she was pregnant- again, I really hope this gets easier for you, but definitely take it easy now, and don’t worry about us, we’ll all be here when you get back!! And in the meantime we miss you!!!

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  37. CONGRATS on the pregnancy! I couldn’t be happier that you are on your way to become a mother! I know you’ll be amazing.
    THAT SUCKS about the HG. I only know about this third and even fourth hand, so I don’t have anything useful to add. But I hope things get easier for you, and quickly! Let us know if there is anything we can do from a distance– sending ❀ your way.

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  38. I’ve known about this directly from you, and all the pretty details as well! 🀒
    I hope it’s subsiding a bit after the latest stay in the hospital as I need my comic foil back!
    And I wanted to get your baby some leopard onesies but apparently leopard isn’t “in” anymore (who decided this???) so I was unable to locate.
    I owe you one VIPoo. Promise. πŸ˜‰
    Miss you muchos. (That was so butchered)
    Pls don’t throw up on my shoes.
    Love ya, sicky girl! πŸ€’πŸ€’
    Here’s a head massage emoji for you: πŸ’†
    Now I will dance for your entertainment: πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ•Ί
    And then float, for some reason: πŸ•΄πŸ•΄πŸ•΄πŸ•΄πŸ•΄πŸ•΄πŸ•΄πŸ•΄
    Smooches! 😘

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  39. katelynnhillier // 27/12/2016 at 00:26 // Reply

    OMG ANNE!! THIS IS AMAZING!! I know I’m super late to the party but CONGRATULATIONS A MILLION TIMES OVER! You are going to make the most amazing bookish mother and even though I’m not a child person I love when everyone else gets pregnant and is excited, especially when I know they’ll make the perfect parent!
    I’m so sorry you’re so sick… I hope you aren’t too sick over the holidays (or at least not all the time..) and got some good relaxing and family time in, and I hope your family is doing well! β™₯ Best wishes and Happy Holidays, Anne+Co! β™₯β™₯

    P.S. Definitely read “Hyperemesis Gravidarum” as “Hyper-nemesis Grand-merium”, which just makes it sound like you’ve been diagnosed as a super-villain! :’D

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  40. wishing you & yours only the best, Anne – sending good thoughts your way

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  41. I am 10 weeks pregnant today and have been admitted to the hospital twice for dehydration and malnutrition. HG has effected me since about 5 1/2 weeks. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m jealous of people who can drink a glass of water! It’s hard to be excited about pregnancy when you have to sleep on your bathroom floor most nights.

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    • Oh man, I literally know how you feel. I’m almost 15 weeks now and it still hasn’t gone away. Been having it since 6 weeks exactly. That seems to be the turning point for most women with the Hcg hormone going on a mad spree in there. Did you get any medication to take at home? I did and it helps with the endless vomiting but not with the nausea. Everything food/drink related still feels like having to eat a turd :(. Hugs! Hang in there, I can’t tell you it’ll get better with time but at least your mind is being forced to having to deal with it after a while. Mine has reached some sort of fudged up state of acceptance now.

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  42. Hi, just out of my second HG pregnancy, I’m sure you are all litterate about all there is to know about HG by now (are u due soon?), but to me it worked one way: zophren zophren and more zophren… Have a look at my post on hg if you get a chance, hoping to get to it on a post at some point about B12 and HG, but if u can out of curiosity, ask your doc to add it to a blood test. Congrats!!

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