I just wanted to quickly blog about the various support networks currently available for Hyperemesis sufferers because since yesterday I have been facebook messaging and texting a young woman in the North of England who is currently in hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum and has torn her oesophagus from vomiting. She is on a ward, not in a side room and it is noisy, bright and smelly... all triggers for hyperemesis!!! She is feeling so low that she wants to die rather than go on suffering and to top it off people keep suggesting she eats ginger! She is in a terrible way and just feels like no-one understands... the reality is no-one can understand unless they have been through it which is why sufferers supporting each is so crucial.
If you find this blog and are suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, perhaps it's not yet diagnosed and it's being called Severe Nausea and Vomiting in pregnancy or you are the partner/mother/friend of someone suffering... there is support out there:
www.helpher.org has fantastic information about everything, there is a section for Mothers, family and friends and for healthcare professionals. There are also forums on there for support.
Www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk is the UK version and is the charity which I am most hoping to raise awareness of.
On facebook there are two main groups:
the UK support group is called Hyperemesis UK and the URL is http://www.facebook.com/search.php?q=wwoof&init=quick&tas=0.6090943993372939#!/pages/Hyperemesis-UK/197019263655727
and the larger international one is called Hyeremesis Gravidarum (when its more then just morning sickness) and the URL is http://www.facebook.com/search.php?q=wwoof&init=quick&tas=0.6090943993372939#!/group.php?gid=2587175083
There are also similar groups on Facebook for Austrailia and Ireland