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Inpatient bedrest

Postby cindergretta » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:15 am

by cindergretta (224 Posts), Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:15 am

So, how do you make it work? I have been in since March 1st (save 3 days early on) and the stress is maddening and driving us around the bend. Dh is dealing with work and kids and trying to see me and I am dealing with boredom and depression and loneliness. The hospital is about an hour away, with good traffic, and with bad traffic - forever!

I haven't seen my dc for 10 days. The meds I am on make me sleepy and loopy and are affecting the baby, who doesn't always do well on the monitoring and by that I mean he doesn't perform the little tricks required to make everyone satisfied that he is Ok.

It feels endless.

So how have others dealt with the stress and separation?

(I am 30 weeks today.)
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Re: Inpatient bedrest

Postby MomTimesThree » Sun Mar 17, 2013 01:24 pm

by MomTimesThree (570 Posts), Sun Mar 17, 2013 01:24 pm

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you are down for the count! At the same time I'm also thankful to hear you are safe and monitored and hope it will earn baby as much time cooking as possible.

A few things our hospital had which you may ask about- a NICU Family Specialist or Volunteers that organize activities for mommas on extended bed rest. It was really great having someone visit at a scheduled time and bring activities. You may also ask if they have counselors/mental health folks that can stop by and also provide some strategies for making it through the days.

Does the hospital have wi-fi so that you can maybe Skype with family and kids? If they don't, it might be worth investing in a wi-fi device or borrowing from family/friends while there.

We were only inpatient for a week, but a good friend who spent over 6 weeks inpatient said what was most beneficial for her was creating a schedule and lil' mini goals (like shower before X), read x chapters today. She also made her room feel as much like home as possible- got her own pretty sheets... pictures for the room, her own blankets etc.

Thinking of you!!
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2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
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