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All I want for Christmas is…

All I want for Christmas is…

Living with Reflux

So here we are… it’s Christmas… we are all shopping, wrapping presents, baking mince pies… oh yeah and cleaning up sick… putting on that hundredth load of washing and pacing the floor with a crying baby because unfortunately (in some cases) Reflux doesn’t have a day off at Christmas!

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This time last year, I was excitedly counting down to Christmas… and looking at Baby’s first Christmas decorations and imagining putting them on our tree next year. Wondering what our baby would look like. We went for the 12 week scan before going to a Christmas Pantomime. I cried with relief when I saw our baby for the first time. I had been so ill that in that moment it was all worth it. From Week 7-14 I was horrendously sick with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. (Prolonged severe vomiting.) As the Doctor said, “Well if it’s good enough for Kate Middleton… It’s good enough for you… But I’d cancel any royal engagements for a while.”

And I did! (After I’d thrown up at two restaurants I gave up on eating out!)

I was so sick.

Sick, sick and sick some more.

It put quite a dampner on the lead up to Christmas. Not only was I tee-total due to the pregnancy, but then on top of that I couldn’t eat! Me… not eat! I NEVER lose my appetite! I have eaten my way through hangovers, colds and flu over the years… this was honestly the only time in my life that I lost my appetite. I couldn’t even swallow. It is ironic that I have ended up with a Refluxer as I spent the first 14 weeks thrutching, being sick and with acid reflux… (Maybe there is something in that.) I had my giant bottle of Gaviscon next to the bed and a spare bottle in work. I gave up on measurements and would just swig out of the bottle (check with your Doctor before trying this!)

The day after I found out I was pregnant my own Spewzilla chronicles began. I was in my classroom and felt a new (which became very familiar) wretching feeling inside. OH NO. It was coming up and there was nothing I could do about it. I dashed to the toilet and just made it in time…. Well, just in time to spray the mirror and walls with mint choc chip (I’d been doing a milkshake diet) Needless to say, I won’t be enjoying Mint chock chip again! It was up the walls, all over the seat and all down my dress. Pretty much how I spent the next 7 weeks of my pregnancy and ironically how my Mini Spewzilla spent her first 7 weeks of life.

From that day I threw up a rainbow of colours making the mistake of trying tomato soup, wotsits and orange juice… eventually I accepted that brown foods were the way forward and the only food that stayed down was Meat and Potato pasties… I would stock pile them from Sayers and was forced to survive on them. (Well that’s my excuse anyway.)

So last year I was mopping up sick and this year I am doing the same but with my mini me. Today, I partook in some reckless parenting and gave her a 6am bottle without Gaviscon. This backfired (LITERALLY) three times. Baby Spewzilla popped up to wish us a Merry Christmas and a Reflux New Year!

 

So this Christmas I will be embracing an array of festive bibs, a rotation of comedy fancy dress costumes and keeping the baby wipes on hand; as just because it is Christmas doesn’t mean we get to take a Reflux Holiday. But we will still have lots of fun! (As I type this she has just been sick on Daddy – he he he… About time he was on the receiving end – he immediately passed her back to me… say no more!)

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So to all you Refluxers out there…

“We wish you a Merry Christmas and a spew free New Year.”

To all the (Not so) Silent Refluxers…

“Silent Night, Reflux-free Night… all is calm (we hope)… all is bright… (hmm)”

And to all my other lovely readers… who may be sick through overindulging this Christmas time…

“‘Tis the season to clean up sick fa la la la laaa la la laaa”

 

“And the bells were ringing out for Reflux day…”

Lots of love the Spewzillas xxx

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I’ve been listening to some of my favourite Christmas songs and thought you might like to join in with some of these over the festive season….

Awake in a Manger

Awake in a manger, clean sheets in the bed,
The little Spewzilla laid down her sweet head.
The stars in the nursery looked down where she lay,
The little Spewzilla asleep, hip hooray.
The muslins are waiting, the baby awakes,
But little Spewzilla pained crying she makes.
I love you, Spewzilla, look down as you cry
And mop up your vomit ‘til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Spewzilla, I love you and pray
For clean clothes and no sick, just for today.
Bless all Reflux children in our tender care,
And thank you to Gaviscon, for helping us there.

Reflux Claws is Coming to Town

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Reflux Claws is coming to town

You’re packing a bag
And changing her twice
Cleaning up sick is nasty not nice
Reflux Claws is coming to town

He wakes you when you’re sleeping
He screams when you’re awake
Some days they will be bad or good
Oh be good for goodness sake!

 

Oh! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Reflux Claws is coming to town
Reflux Claws is coming to town

Reflux Baby

Reflux baby, just slip a muslin under the tree for me;
You’re an awful bad girl, Reflux baby,
Don’t wake my little baby tonight.

Reflux baby, a pack of bibs and gaviscon too, It’s true;
I’ll wait up for you, dear; Reflux baby,
Don’t wake my little baby tonight.

Think of all the sleep I’ve missed;
Think of all the dreams that I haven’t kissed;
Next year I could be asleep… if you check off my Christmas list.

Reflux baby, I want a clean cot and that’s not a lot;
Been an angel all year; Reflux baby,
Don’t wake my little baby tonight.

Reflux honey, one little thing I really need…
The lead… for a new washing line, Reflux baby,
Don’t wake my little baby tonight .

Reflux cutie, fill my stocking with giggles and smiles;
Sign your ‘X’ on the line, Reflux cutie,
Don’t wake my little baby tonight .

Come and wave goodbye to me, it’s time you went so we can all just be free;
I really am disliking you;
Let’s see if you’ll be nice to me…

Reflux baby, forgot to mention one little thing… I’ll sing…
Yes I’ll sing on my own; Reflux baby,
Don’t wake my little baby tonight.
Don’t wake my little baby tonight.
Don’t wake my little baby tonight.

Remember if you would like to feature in the next edition of the Spewzilla Chronicles with your own stories of Reflux and (the not so silent) Silent Reflux.

 

Email your stories to:

 

louisa.herridge@livingwithreflux.org

 

Let’s share the joy of reflux babies together.

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