I am sorry it has taken me so long to give the most enormous thank you to all who helped make the #prayer for Kerry so successful. The entire family were just overwhelmed by the level of response and many of them now understand twitter a little bit more! It was just amazing to sit and watch the tweets come in and trend at number 1. Kerry has no idea what a special lady she is and how she has reached so many people, I just hope she will be able to see this in the future. Thank you so much for all those who wrote posts and dedicated ‘Silent Sunday’ and it was also incredible that so many people who had never met Kerry got involved and wrote genuine caring comments. I must say a very special thank you to Liska @NewMumOnline who dreamt up this beautiful event.
Kerry is still very poorly and back in Addenbrooke’s suffering from a nasty infection. She has had to endure another two operations in the past week and her courage and bravery continues. In light of the news of a certain couple expecting their first child, I just know that Kerry would have written a post on Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As she can’t do that, I searched through her archives and found this.
“Then the nightmare hit. I had only been back a work a month and was trying to keep things low-key so not to go totally out of favour! However the sickness kicked in. It started just the mornings. Then continued all through the day. Thank God I had an office coming off my classroom, because I would never have made it to the toilets, and also thank God I had a teaching assistant that I was training to be an instructor. She covered for me so many times whilst I ran to throw up. Three weeks of work and I needed a day off; I had been sick seven times that Monday morning and it was only seven in the morning!
I went to the doctor who prescribed me anti sickness tablets, but they just wiped me out! Being asleep would have been fine but I had another child to care for! Additionally I kept worrying about the Thalidomide risks (I know that was a long time ago but they don’t do studies on pregnant women for obvious reasons so how would you know, but I was desperate!) I had only been teaching that the week before with my year tens!
The sickness did not stop. I got signed off. It is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which literally means excessive vomiting. My weight began to plummet. They wanted to admit me but I said no, I didn’t want to leave Noah! I started to be sick in the night! Crazy yes, but constant!
I was now coming up to twelve weeks. I got a call from the Doctor’s Surgery. The Doctor told me he had a very worried husband in his office and he needed to see me now!
I hardly had the strength to walk round. When I got there he took one look at me and said ‘You’re going to hospital, you need to be on a drip!’
I was devastated. I didn’t want to leave Noah! But he told me it would be for 12 hours and then I would feel well again! When I got there though, they told me my keytones were very high. This is a measure that says your body is breaking down fat rather than glucose to make energy. They also found I had lost nearly two stone in weight! I looked awful- not white, grey! Have you read Breaking Dawn from the Twilight saga? How Bella felt pregnant…that was me! I should have tried drinking blood!!
So a drip went up and there I stayed for not 12 hours but five days! They managed to reduce the keytones and get anti-sickness medication in me intravenously so I would not throw it up and the sickness slowed.
I had my scan whilst in hospital and the midwives kept saying, Oh excessive sickness, it’s a sign of twins you know?’ But I didn’t take it seriously, until the scan revealed two little heart beats!
The sickness did not stop until 17 weeks. It was like a light switch! Just stopped.
I have to say it was the most difficult bit of pregnancy and it took me weeks to really gain full health and by that point we knew it was twins and I was starting to just get huge. I feel I really missed out on the ‘blooming’ stage on this pregnancy.
They say sickness gets worse with every pregnancy you have. It still has not put me off!”
I remember this so well. Kerry really did n’t look her best and it took a lot of persuasion to get her to the doctors. It was so concerning that she had lost so much weight. Now what she failed to mention was that I thought it was twins right from the very beginning!
But all that sickness results in such happiness…………