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Thank you and Hyperemesis Gravidarum…….

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…………

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19 comments to Thank you and Hyperemesis Gravidarum…….

  • I remembered that post when I watched the news last night.

    I’m so sorry Kerry is poorly again. She is always in my thoughts and prayers.

    All my love, Emma xx

  • So sad to hear that Kerry is still so unwell. As a mother it breaks my heart to look at that picture of your gorgeous twins and know how much she would love to be there watching them and their happy little faces. I’ll continue to pray that she comes out the other side soon. x

  • So sorry to hear Kerry is still poorly, I will continue to pray for her and wish her well and back with you as soon as possible and thank you so much for the updates and much love to the entire family

  • Still praying for Kerry, and for all of you x

  • sorry to hear that Kerry is still very poorly, thinking of her always.
    It’s great that you’ve trawled through her archives to find that post, extra brownie points for you 😉

  • So sorry that Kerry has been ill.
    She is such a wonderful and strong woman as you are a man xx

  • We were so proud to be able to take time to pray for Kerry, you and all the family.

    What a beautiful picture of your twinnies.

    Mich x

  • The minute I heard that Kate Middleton has Hyperemesis Gravidarum, I turned to my husband and said, “Kerry had that as well, you know?” It sounds dreadful but look at the beautiful little people that she produced!

    I’m so sorry that she’s poorly again, it must be so frustrating to be making progress only for this to then happen. I tweeted the day after the #prayer4kerry that she’d get such a kick knowing that she trended, let alone trended at #1 for nearly three hours! Love to her.

  • […] post has made me think about Kerry from Multiple Mummy who also suffered hyperemesis and went on to have twins. She is very ill at the moment and my […]

  • what a gorgeous photo. How amazing of you to not only be coping with everything you are going through but to still be thinking of others and thinking of what kerry would have posted and then put that post up. You are one really special family! Will be saying an extra prayer tonight for Kerry – so sorry to hear about the infections / operations. much love xxx

  • thank you for sharing, helps us ignorant people understand Kate is not just being pampered with “Royal Morning eickness”.
    My loving thoughts are still with you all,and I cant wait for Kerry to read all that has been going on.

  • Wow it must have been so strange for those family members who don’t understand Twitter or the online community to see all that!

    Proud to be part of such a loving bunch. Huge hugs to Kerry. x

  • That photo is stunning – I stared at it for quite some time.

    I am so sorry to hear that she is having setbacks.

    It was our pleasure to pull together for Kerry – she would have loved it and will no doubt really enjoy hearing about it all.

    We’ll all continue to pray for her.

    Thank you so much for keeping us all informed.

    Lots and lots of love,

  • Anne G-T

    Such a beautiful photo, what a wonderful gift they are. I’m so very sorry to hear that Kerry is still so poorly. My heart goes out to you all. Sending much love xx

  • Lisa Troccoli

    Hoping that Kerry can be back with her lovely family soon, all the best x

  • Sorry to hear that Kerry has been unwell again. I think that’s lovely that you’ve found a post to fit the occassion.

    Kerry, yourself and family are firmly in my thoughts.

  • I remember going through much the same thing as Kerry with my triplets, so hard when you are working too, but that is nothing to what she is dealing with now. I keep popping by for news and updates, and praying for a good news post from you soon.

  • I am so sorry to hear that Kerry is still battling infections. She is a strong fighter with an amazing family. I hope things take a turn for the positive very soon. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I continue to think of Kerry, and send my thoughts and prayers her way. Thinking of all of you, and wishing you love and strength. x

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