iPUMPED: The Tale of the Mighty Zofran Pump
My Mighty Zofran Kit
By the time I was approved of this Zofran pump (around 6-7 weeks pregnant) through home health, I was already 25 pounds down: couldn’t keep any liquid or food down, not even a drop or crumb. The tablet form of Zofran and Reglan were also a failed mission as I couldn’t keep them down either. I even tried the dissolvable tablets, epic fail.
I was petrified of the pump, absolutely scared. The thought of poking my belly with a needle every 24 hours or less, depending on your dosage, was something I was not looking forward to. Once the nurse arrived, she explained the “how to” and answered questions I had. Ladies, if you HATE needles, just like me, GIVE THIS PUMP A TRY, it might be worth if for you. It didn’t magically cure my HG, the following week I was fully admitted into the hospital because I was far beyond what any pump could do. However, not having to forcefully swallow or chew on a tablet that would inevitably see my toilet through bile and vomits, I took the chance. What I loved about the pump was the consistency of Zofran that was entering my body. Nurses tell you it takes effect after 24 hours but know that it can vary. It took mine until AFTER my hospital stay, roughly almost two weeks later, to actually make a difference. HYDRATION is key. No medication will help if you’re completely dehydrated and malnourished.
Each of the pictures above were from different visits. So depressing looking back to them.
My hospital visits and stays rehydrated me, although temporarily, it truly helped. After my long stay, I noticed a difference in my nausea and vomiting. My vomiting went from 25+ times a day to about 10 a day, slowly from there the episodes began to simmer down. I still wasn’t able to eat or drink much but by the time I reach my second trimester, I began to tolerate a few bites of bread/crackers and tiny sips of green tea, ginger tea, and apple juice (until I threw it up and had to figure a substitute).
The Zofran pump was my best friend, one annoying prickly friend, who I loved and hated. It’s very irritating to sleep with but you find a spot or position that works for you. When I took a bath or quick shower, I used clear bandages to cover the site. But if the pump was finished, I’d take a quick bath before applying the new one. No, my nausea did not go away, it was pure hell but much more manageable. I really HATE needles but a few seconds of torture for a couple hours of relief was a chance I took every single day. Although there is nothing amazing about having to use the Zofran pump, it was great to immediately be able to up the dosage when I knew I needed more. My nurse was absolutely amazing, caring, and knew exactly what I was going through. We had to increase my dosage many times until it worked for me.
Can’t remember how far along I was in this picture, maybe around 12-14 weeks but as you can see this was a rare moment of me dressing up, carrying my pump off to one of my classes for the semester. I was miserable.
What the site looks like and peep the Starbucks cup, that is the green tea I started drinking once a day. The only thing, at one point, that kept me hydrated.
AND at 17 weeks, it was finally taken off. 9 weeks ago, time flies.
Like I’ve stated in previous posts, I still have horrible days with nausea and vomiting but its much more tolerable. Out of the 30 pounds I lost, I have officially gained 10 back. I’m not eating much but am consistently having small bites throughout the day. Struggling to drink liquids but I am managing my hydration. If I’m back in this situation again during another pregnancy, I wouldn’t think twice of getting the Zofran pump, in fact, I’d get it sooner. I truly think if I had intervened earlier, it wouldn’t have gotten this bad. The Zofran pump was last resort and next would have been the horrible PICC lines and probably longer hospital stays. Everyone’s body reacts differently but ladies do not be afraid of giving it a try.
Warning: Zofran causes intense constipation and poops from hell.
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