Post # 1
My baby girl and I are confined to a hospital room, potentially for the remainder of my pregnancy. I could deliver as early as today or as late as 37 weeks (fingers crossed). I’m here for a placental malfunction that puts both the baby and I at risk and mandates round the clock monitoring. So far, baby has no signs of distress and I feel great. Basically we’re just here being monitored because the condition is very sensitive and can deteriorate at the drop of a dime, which would mean STAT emergency delivery but as long as we’re both stable, we can ride it out to term.
I really miss my dog. She’s at home with my mom. My mom said that she refused to sleep with her and that she spent the whole night on the couch in the living room, facing the door waiting for us to come home. I’m probably going to miss her birthday in a few weeks. They should really let you have your pet during long hospital stays. I’m sure any studies done on the topic would show elevated mood resulting in less depression, anxiety, and decreased overall time spent in admission. Someone should study this and make millions! I’ll only as for 5%, I swear!
Anyway, I just really need some entertainment. TV here is $7.75/day, which, for an 8 week or 56 day stay comes to almost $400.00. I have a laptop with me so I can watch Netflix but it’s not quite the same as binging Botched and throwback Kardashian episodes lol. Coffee here is gross, btw so if someone wants to send the coffee fairy to NJ, that’d be appreciated.
Tell me all your stories! What are you doing this weekend? Any home improvement projects on the horizon for you? How’s the weather in your area? It’s been monsooning in NJ for like three straight weeks so I have a nice huge window with a view of the gloomy, gross, gray sky!
Post # 2
I think my priorities are out of line because this actually sounds awesome to me (except for the stress of wanting the baby to be healthy and being away from my dog!). You could watch so much Netflix, read a long book series, learn a new language! Super jealous. I am in rainy New York with a dog that wants to go on a walk. Tell us about your dog!
Post # 3
Welp, she’s an (almost) 7 year old shih-tzu poodle mix and is basically the most perfect thing alive! She’s 14 lbs and she’s got this adorable snaggle tooth that pertrudes from her massive underbite, which you can occasionally see through her bone-colored mustache lol. She NEVER barks, which is awesome because no one like a yappy dog. She loves everything under the sun, except pesky squirrels that are trying to infiltrate our yard! She can be walked without a leash and trusted not to eat anything that may be harmful to her but she takes every single opportunity to tear up the small bedroom/bathroom garbages when no one is looking lol. Oh, and she’s a very agressive kisser! She’s definitely a romantic.
Post # 4
Oh man, I hope she stays cooking awhile longer!
Are there any hobbies you’ve been wanting to pick up? I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, so if I had a bunch of time on my hands, I’d pull up some Youtube tutorials and try learning. Any books you’ve been meaning to read?
Above all though, just try to rest and enjoy the (relative) peace and quiet before your newborn comes kicking and screaming into the world! Once she’s here, everything will change in the blink of an eye.
Here’s my little guy to say that we both wish you and baby girl the best! 💛
Post # 5
unfortunately, as someone who does studies, you don’t make more than your salary off of it.. even when an interested party is funding the research (like big pharma). In this case, big doggie doesn’t fund much. That said I totally agree outcomes would probably be beffer if we had our pets with us.. as long as we didn’t have open wounds or whatever.
Not sure what we’re gonna do this weekend. Probably continue to do a bit to set up the nursery.. I have all these folded cranes I want to hang as a sort of mobile over baby’s bed.. but then I know some ppl swear by actual mobiles that play a lullaby and I’m wondering if it’d be too much to have both…
Post # 6
I was also put on bed rest for the last few weeks of my second pregnancy ( won’t go into details) but as an active person it was tough. I just had to stay put at home though. One day my amazing mum gave me a pair of binoculars and a book on birds as we have lots of trees on our property. She also put out a bird feeder. I really got into it. I had always been a knitter so that kept me occupied and I also gave crochet a try. Many crosswords were completed and I re read a few Jane Austen books.
You could try a big puzzle, origami, listen to an audiobook, clean out your email, write a journal. Do all those things that you will have no time to do once you become a new mum!
Glad to hear you are taking good care of yourself and your little girl and I wish you both the absolute best. Rest up and keep well.
Post # 7
Sending positive vibes your way bee! I’m in sunny north Florida fighting a summer cold. It’s been raining non stop all week and today it’s beautiful, hotter than hell, but beautiful. I’ve been sitting on the couch while hubbys beeb doing little chores around the house. He fixed one of my bird feeders, set up a couple of fishing poles for us, and now he’s going through the movie guides to find something for us to watch.
Rest up! Before you know it that bundle of joy will be sleeping in your arms and these days of bed rest will be so worth it!
Post # 8
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The hospital CHARGES FOR TV?!?? That’s freaking ridiculous. I work for a health system and that’s unheard of. I prefer Netflix and Prime video just to avoid commercials… Have you downloaded TLC to go? If you have cable at home you can sign in with your info and stream episodes. E! Might have something similar.
When I was in the hospital for 12 days, I did a lot of coloring. I was on pain meds so concentrating wasn’t easy, so crosswords were out. Coloring was the perfect distraction that didn’t take much focus.
Most people don’t make money from studies 😉 but there is actually a lot of evidence that patients in long term care do better when they have a service animal come visit. Unfortunately bringing a pet into a hospital includes a lot of potential risks and liability, so that’s pretty unlikely. Maybe your mom could Skype you with the dog so you could at least say hello and let her hear your voice.
It’s a tough spot you’re in; you want baby to stay put and cook, but being stuck in the hospital sucks. Having lots of visitors can really help break it up. Plus they usually come with presents 😊
Hang in there!
Post # 9
That’s very sweet of you and the littll man! I hadn’t thought about learning to knit or crochet but no would be a great time to pick it up! I love to sew but haven’t had a functional sewing machine in nearly a decade so I’m limited to small repairs that I can do by hand. I’m half way through a breast feeding book but once that’s done, I’ll have to look up some more good reads.
Post # 10
So sorry to hear that, bee!!! Will everything be ok with your work while you’re out? Maybe someone can bring you books, magazines, word finds, small puzzles, etc. And I’d binge on TV once or twice a week!!!
This will probably make you laugh: I read the title as “30 weeks pregnant and admitted infidelity”! I was expecting to read something horrific your husband did!!! By the time I got to the end of the post I thought: where’s the infidelity?!!? LOL Re-read the title & figured it out!
Nothing interesting over on the west coast…. except it’s soooo hot!!!!! We get monsoons too with dust storms. I’m thinking about going to see a movie this afternoon. Debating between regular movies or the cheaper second-run theater. Any suggestions on a good movie out now? And then I have to keep packing. I’m moving to a new place just a few minutes away over Labor Day weekend.
Post # 11
My 24 yo male patient came in with a mango up his rectum. Story he told is that he was walking down the stairs, tripped and it slid in.
Another patient came in high of crack cocaine. His story was he had a break in, was convinced someone had planted drugs in his apartment, so he rummaged through his couch and found crack rocks scattered everywhere on it, and became high while trying to clean it up. He’s not sure how baggies of crack made it up his rectum.
Mostly it’s men who have these bizarre stories, they’re typically horrible fibbers (women only fall for their fibs because they want to, studies have shown men can’t compartmentalise as well as women so their fibs don’t match up or they have obvious tells) and do things women would not, but I do have one female story.
She came in with chest pain. We automatically test for drugs because cocaine messes with your heart. She was positive for cocaine, so during my initial nursing evaluation I asked her what drugs she did (instead of asking her if she did drugs). She said she didn’t do any drugs.
Now we don’t care what a patient does because we’re not turning anyone in or treating them differently so I stressed this to her, told her she came up positive for coke and that probably caused her chest pain. She claims she hadn’t done cocaine in 3 months and didn’t know it stayed in your system that long. I said it doesn’t, only stays 24-48 hours, and again, we don’t care what she does we’re just here to help her. She then claims it must have come up positive because she used her sister’s hairbrush and her sister does a LOT of drugs. Sigh…, I made one final effort and told her we tested her urine, that she had to have metabolized it, we don’t test hair samples, and again we DON’T care or judge we just want to treat her effectively.
I didn’t give any PHI so I didn’t violate HIPAA. Enjoy!
Post # 12
I would kill for your gloomy gross grey sky view!!
Hope baby stays put a bit longer! I couldn’t even handle the two days after labor so I feel for you.
Post # 13
LOL! Omg that’s so funny 😂😂😂. Hat would have been a juicy post for sure! I’d definitely want to read it.
Post # 14
Those were amazing!!! Please do share any and all wild nursing stories! Up
Post # 15
How are you and baby girl doing in big old hot ass Texas? How was your labor and delivery? Give me all the details! (If you’re comfortable doing so, that is?)