A few days after my daughter was born, I had a severe allergic reaction, and ended up in the ER a few days later with a high fever.
Because of the HG, and the birth I was anemic. (my hemoglobin was only 7.6 when I was discharged after birth)
Along with horrible hives, the allergic reaction also caused swelling in my joints, and made walking, and moving almost unbearable.
The nurse kept telling me that I needed to get up an move around more, and that I was making myself sick. She said that she could tell that my husband was "doing too much" for me, and that I needed to take care of myself.
They discovered pneumonia in my lungs (that's what was causing the fever), and when the nurse came back in she said "you know, this pneumonia was completely preventable, you should have gotten up, and moved around, and not make your husband do everything for you" I said "it's a little hard to get up and about when you have anemia" she said "you have pneumonia" I said "I have anemia from hyperemesis, and the birth" she said "you still need to get up and about, it's your own fault that this happened!"
REALLY? she was there when the doctor took my history, she knew I had been sick with HG for the last 9 months, that I was anemic, and had been in bed for 2 days with hives covering me from head to toe, and swollen painful joints.
How was ANY of this my fault?! I wanted to punch her in the face. If I hadn't of felt so horrid, I probably would have given her a piece of my mind!
Every time she came in the whole time I was there she made at least one snarky comment about getting up, and taking care of myself, because, you know, I'm not the first woman to give birth.
~Deborah, crazy cloth diaper sewing momma. (Hide your fabric!!)
2006 Elaina - Mderate HG 5 weeks-34 weeks
2008 Isaac - Mild HG 5weeks - 28 weeks
2010 "Rex" My sweet angel
2012 Angela - Severe HG (Mildly controlled with IVs and meds) 5 weeks until delivery