It's week 8 and three days of this pregnancy and I've had some improvements in my overall health in the past week.
It's the third week of hyperemesis gravidarum and I'm so happy to report that each week things get better. I'm not climbing any mountains or even my own stairs very fast yet but I feel better than I did a week ago.
Tonight we had our first home cooked meal in three weeks. And, I can't even tell you what a treat that was! It was an all-out family effort. Literally everyone helped, including Mark when he got home and it turned out great. I read the recipe to the kids as I sat in the recliner and briefly was up to help prepare the roux before Mark stood at the stove to watch it thicken. We made Scalloped Potatoes, Etc. from the 'H' family cookbook, for those who have it. P. 182, my mom's recipe. (The 'Etc.' portion of the title got left out when it was printed.)
When I make it, I double everything and bake it in a 9x13 because I love having leftovers. And a small tweak my mom made years ago is that we add half of the cheddar cheese to the roux once it has thickened. It adds so much more flavor and makes the entire dish a little more cheesy. (As opposed to only adding cheese over the top as per the recipe.)
I've missed homemade meals as all I've eaten is take-out food and prepacked boxed foods for the past few weeks. Things I rarely eat, normally.
My sister, Sara, and Jon and their family recently went to visit my mom & dad in Michigan and she came over this week with some of my mom's homemade nisu (cardamom bread) that she'd sent back with her. That was such a treat, as well, as I've been craving nisu! (Thanks, again, mom!)
All I can think of is food lately. It's all consuming as I need to eat in order to not feel sick. And I need to find things that appeal to me in order to be able to eat so I don't feel sick. But as long as I eat, I normally feel okay. The nauseau has diminished some and is much less than it was before -- although, it still pops up throughout each day and can get pretty bad if I don't eat often enough. But I'm happy to report that I've still kept everything down since I started on the generic Zofran and the supplements from my chiropractor. What a gift that has been! (I think I said that the last time I posted but it's not something I'm taking for granted.)
I'm reminded that this phase of the game won't go on forever when I look back at how far I've come in the past two weeks. From laying on the couch, barely able to get up to go to the bathroom because I didn't have the energy to do so to now being able to get up but just feeling plain lazy about it at times. (There is a big difference, let me tell you! haha.)
The first week of it, I struggled to even hold my phone up to my ear when someone would call. I was that weak from vomiting. Now I can hold the phone but I just get tired out after about 20-30 minutes of conversation. I'm making strides but I won't be running any marathons or spending two hours on the phone anytime soon. But that's okay with me. As long as I'm moving in the right direction, I'll take it!
P.S. Update about my photo situation: All of my photos are still wiped out of Picasa but are still on my computer under 'My Pictures', yet, I can't retrieve them and don't have the energy to try to figure it out right now.