10 Tips to Surviving Bed Rest!

Happy Friday! Today is pretty mellow, just gearing up for the weekend. A couple of my running buddies stopped by for a visit which was great. I am scared to think about my first day back to running… but at the same time, I am so excited for it. That first workout is going to be brutal, but I will just have to remind myself of these weeks, sitting here longing to go for a run!

I found out my friend down the hall has to stay on bed rest for a while too. There was a chance that she might get to bust this joint, but it sounds like that isn’t going to happen. I feel for her… but at least we have each other 🙂 In honor of my official bed rest buddy and anyone else on bed rest who stumbles upon this blog, I thought I would list out what I think is necessary to keep you (somewhat) sane while on bed rest. I know I haven’t been all rainbows and sunshine in here, but I think this stuff has helped:

1- Welcome the day by opening your shades and getting up at a fairly normal hour. I’ve heard some people on bed rest sleep the day away and then stay up all night, and I think seeing sunshine (even if it is through a window) is important.

2- Take a shower and get dressed! I wore pajamas for the first week because… why not? I was in bed! But wearing normal clothes makes you feel human. You might even try putting on some make-up. It might make you feel a little bit better.

3- Don’t watch TV all day. That might be a personal preference, but there’s something about day time TV that depresses me. So, I’ve just watched a little HGTV at the end of the night to wind down, but besides that the TV has been off.

4- Tell people you’re on bed rest! The outpouring of love from everyone is what is getting me through this. I have had visitors every day which has really been my saving grace. Thank you all for your calls, emails, texts, care packages, flowers and visits… you know who you are!

5- Ask friends and family to bring you food from the outside world, especially if you are in the hospital! Hospital food…. yuck!

6- Start a blog! Even if nobody ever reads it, it’s a great way to vent and pass the time! I have found that my friends and family appreciate it because they can check in to make sure everything is okay.

7- Set a schedule for the day. Even if it’s simple stuff like eat breakfast, stretch, shower, read, eat lunch, stretch, write blog entry, knit etc… Our normal lives are based around schedules, so I feel like it makes you feel more normal to plan out the day.

8- Wear compression tights to keep circulation going. At the hospital they give you tights and these nifty pumps to put around your legs. Unfortunately you are at risk for blood clots when on bed rest so it’s important to keep the circulation going by wearing these and doing stretches.

9- Be aware that being on bed rest isn’t all about you… but it also impacts those around you, in particular- your partner. I know this has been hard on Matt. It has doubled his workload at home, he’s having to drive all over the place to work, take care of the dogs and take care of me (all three are in different towns). Plus he has had to stay strong and positive to keep me sane even though it’s just as stressful for him, knowing that our baby hasn’t been thriving as much as the average baby. You just have to stick together and use the experience to bring you closer.

10- Be true to yourself. Stay as positive as you can, but know that it’s okay to cry and let out the emotion of what you are experiencing. You have a very important job of growing a baby, and you’re the only one who can do it. Keep your eye on the prize, it will all be worth it!

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It’s the little things…

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Today marks 10 days in the hospital. We had an ultrasound today to check amniotic fluid, dopplers (blood flow from placenta to baby), and babybugs activity. Everything looked better! However, they aren’t comfortable letting me go home. So, it looks like I’ll be stuck here. Although, I have to say out of all hospitals, this is not a bad place to be. This picture is a the mountain view from my room! Plus the nurses are pretty amazing. They have really made this experience as pleasant as it possibly can be. My Doctor said today that I don’t have to be on the fetal monitor 24/7. Now I just have to be on it for 1 hour every 8 hours. That means I might get a full nights sleep AND I could even go and sit on the couch on the other side of the room. I can even take two wheel chair rides per day since I don’t have to be tied to my room. It’s the little things… who knew that sitting on a couch, taking a shower, going to the bathroom and hopping in a wheelchair would be the highlight of my day?!

Feelin’ the Love!

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Since I’ve been here, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. First off, knowing that your baby is possibly in harms way and she isn’t even here yet is hard to swallow. On top of that, being yanked out of your life and told you can’t walk (except to go to the bathroom and shower once/day) is a very hard concept. I know I am luckier than some… some people have to use a bed pan and might even have to lay flat all day. I am just not allowed to walk… so I can sit up in bed and even in a chair. I’ve been hooked to the fetal monitor basically 24/7 but have been prescribed a wheelchair ride once a day to get some fresh air. That has been amazing! But my saving grace has been the support I’ve received from friends and family.

Since I have been here, people have been calling, emailing, texting and stopping by. My room is filled with beautiful flowers and I have been given more trashy magazines and books than I can get through in a year. I received a  yummy and beautiful edible arrangement… should have taken a picture before I started chowing! One friend even sent me some funky socks with grip on the bottom to keep my feet warm and stable on these cold and slippery hospital floors. Friends have been bringing food and snacks every day so I don’t have to endure too much hospital food. My mum flew from Maine to be with me even though she was just here and she had to leave her seasonal shop that starts getting busy right about now! And last but not least- my husband has been my saving grace. I don’t think, actually I know I wouldn’t be able to get through this without him by my side. He is keeping me sane and holding down the fort without me. I just can’t wait for me and babybug to be back home with him… although we will happily wait at least 2.5 more weeks for that. We’re not ready yet!