My mind is still swimming from the events that have unfolded over the course of the past few days. It still seems somewhat surreal to me that I was told a little over two weeks ago that my cervix was thinning already and that I’d be delivering my baby earlier than expected. It seems like just yesterday that I was told I would have to be on strict bed rest at home. No sitting. No walking. No going up and down stairs.
(Lucky Bamboo from GadgetGirl)
It also seems like a crazy dream that I was sent to the hospital on the island and then to the one in “the closest city” to said island…and then air lifted by air ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. It just seems so crazy! Everything happened so quickly.
I’ve been at Mount Sinai since Thursday night. That’s almost five days now. I’m starting to get used to the idea of having to stay here until the baby is born. I’m trying to be positive and I’m trying to focus on making Junior stay in longer!
(Goodies from my aunts)
AvoidEverything‘s wife, SillyLizard visited me at lunch. Shortly after she went back to work, AvoidEverything showed up for a quick visit. Flowers from AvoidEverything and SillyLizard.
My aunts came by to spend some time with me before they had to catch their flight back to Montreal. It was a pretty good day.
(A piece of “home”)
I spoke to some of my doctors today. I got hooked up for my morning and evening fetal monitoring. The baby is doing great and I haven’t been having any contractions.
One of the really nice nurses here told one of the other expectant moms to come visit me (since I’m on bed rest and cannot wander the halls). Mom2be was really nice and the funny thing is that she turns out to be from “the closest big city” to the island! Too funny! What a small world! Mom2be introduced me to another expectant mom. They were giving me the ins and outs of life on the 7th floor. These ladies are seasoned pros! They’ve been here for WEEKS! Seriously…one of them has been here for 18 weeks! Here I am, complaining about having been on bed rest for 2 weeks! Anyway, Mom2be2 is probably going to deliver tomorrow. She was supposed to deliver today, but the NICU is FULL! Apparently there are lots of women on our floor who have delivered multiples. With all those twins and triplets, that totally occupied the entire NICU! I’m so jealous…Mom2be and Mom2be2 are allowed to go OUTSIDE!!! They went out for dinner tonight! They also told me there’s a lounge and a pantry with water. There’s a communal microwave and a fridge. No one told me that! Probably because I’m not allowed to leave my room in the first place. Don’t tempt the bed rest lady.
To make the days go by faster (since I’ll be on hospital bed rest until the baby is born), I’ve devised a little “bed rest plan”.
6:30- wake up
7AM- check e-mail
8AM- eat breakfast (1 serving Bran cereal, 1% milk, fruit, yogurt)
8:30- nurse takes vitals and hooks me up to the fetal monitor
9AM- read, read, read. Finished Eclipse and must start Breaking Dawn.
12PM- eat lunch
Vegetarian Dahl, rice, peas, carrots, whole wheat roll, tossed salad with Italian dressing, 1% milk, water, tapioca pudding (which I didn’t eat since I’m not much of a dessert person).
2PM- talk to doctor
3PM- take nap
4PM-surf the internet, blog, catch up on fave blogs, try not to do too much research on preemies and possible health issues of babies delivered preterm.
5PM- eat supper
Hawaiian meatballs, steamed broccoli, whole wheat roll, vegetable soup, 1% milk, apple sauce.
5:30- phone calls, text messages, etc.
8PM- shower, get ready for bed
9PM- talk to Hubby on phone
9:30PM- nurse checks vitals, listen to baby’s heart beat, check for contractions
10PM- internet/work related stuff
When I break the day down into hours like this, it sounds so tedious. It really does help make the day seem like it’s going by faster when I set time for different “activities”. Ha! “Activities” sounds like such an odd choice of word to use since I’m not supposed to partake in anything active. *groan* If I were at least able to walk around and do things, I’d feel much better. Nope. Not allowed, lest the cervix gives way completely and Junior ends up being born too soon as a result of me not being able to stay still for a few weeks. *sigh*