Placenta previa - on bedrest & depressed - page 3

Hello to all. Since I work in a CTS unit, and have no OB experience other than my clinical rotation back in school, I'd like to ask you seasoned OB nurses about something that's a major concern in my... Read More

  1. by   Texagain
    I wanted to send my best wishes also.

    I spent 6 weeks on total BR, no BRP, and trendellenberg. I had mag and abx. Anyway, I got a real nice baby (now) out of it- he's 5.

    Bed rest is boring and can be taxing mentally. It's a challenge you can meet!

    Carol, mom to Robert, x 23.5 weeks now 5!
  2. by   louloubell1
    Love the limerick, mother/babyRN. LOL. Thanks for your replies too, Taxagain, burntout & bagladyRN. I do like to crochet & cross-stich, & I actually have several cross-stich patterns here that I could work on. I'll be busting those out soon. I've been mostly just doing my scrapbook stuff lately. I found some sites online where I could print off some of the cutest background papers FREE. I was sooooo excited about that. I also bought my first ever item off the home shopping network yesterday which both frightened & elated me.

    Had my doctor's visit today. Nothing new really, he just told me to keep doing what I'm doing. *sigh* I did get to ask all my questions though, & I really like my MD. I have a lot of confidence in him, & he has a really good reputation. I got a little freaked though because I told him that I'm scared & worried, & he said, "Hey, that's okay. Previas worry me too." EEK.

    Well, thanks again yall, & I'll keep you updated.

    Day 7
  3. by   mother/babyRN
    Well, at least he is honest.....Thats a GOOD thing...
  4. by   mother/babyRN
    How are you doing????
  5. by   louloubell1
    So far so good it seems. Other than the fact that I feel like a crazy person, that is. I haven't had any more bleeding so I am grateful to God for that. I think I'm starting to get depressed. Just feel like a slug, and having a lot of trouble sleeping too. I didn't get to sleep until after 5 a.m. Physically I feel fine, other than being really weak just from laying around. The baby moves a lot & that keeps me entertained. I love that feeling.

    You know, my husband is a saint. He does everything around the house, cares for the kids, has made arrangements for someone to be here when he is at work, & has dealt with all the financial arrangements that had to be made while I'm on bedrest & unable to work. Never once has he complained or made me feel bad, even when I've been really, really whiny. When this is all over, I want to do something really special for him, because telling him just how much I appreciate him just doesn't feel adequate.

    OK, sorry for the sentimental rambling. Thank you so much for asking about me. I will keep you informed about how it's going. It's nice to have all this support, & when I say that this board is really helping me make it through this, I'm not kidding. Thanks again.

    Convicted of placenta previa & serving time on couch arrest ~ Day 12
  6. by   Jolie
    I feel for you! I was on bedrest for pre-term labor for 11 weeks with my first, and 14 weeks with my second. At any time I could quote you the number of days (and sometimes even hours and minutes) remaining on my "sentence" until the magical 37 week point. It was frightening and stressful, because as a NICU nurse, I knew exactly what would happen if I delivered my babies early. I had U/S pictures that I kept with me at all times, named my babies, and got to know them quite well before they were born. I kept reminding myself that every day I sepnt on the couch was one day less that I would have to spend by the bedside of a sick preemie. In the end, it was worth every minute, and I'd do it again.

    Best of luck to you. Keep us posted.
  7. by   mother/babyRN
    Gosh, PLEASE don't feel that you are burdening ANYONE here .( If I may take the luxury of speaking for everyone..) That is what we are here for...It is easy to feel depressed, especially as a nurse and a mom USUALLY in charge of attempting to make everyone feel better. There comes a time, however, when sometimes the most difficult thing is to accept, is help from others. But, remember they love you and on the tough days try to remind yourself that you would move heaven and hell to take care of someone you cared about, in a like situation..YOU probably would give the same encouragement and care to someone you didn't know..God bless your husband...That means a lot, doesn't it? I had a family like that too, although my husband had to go to sea...I kept a bedrest journal that I hope to show to my daughter some day..I tried to put down my thoughts, what the sky looked like during different parts of the days, much depressive and as many joyous thoughts..I figured if anything happened to me, someday my daughter would know how much I sacrificed for her....It isn't easy...Would still love to send you a card or poem if you think about including an address in a PM...Thats asking a lot, but if you think you might want to do that, there are so many of us around her who want to rally around you ( and anyone else who may need some emotional support).....When is your due date???{{{}}}} Favorite color??? ECT....
  8. by   louloubell1
    I'm sending you a PM mother/babyRN. Thank you for being so wonderful! It's so cool to see how nice people that you've never even met can be!

    Jolie, I like your thinking. The other day, I told my husband that I wanted to go to Walmart with him. I figured that I could ride in the little wheel-chair cart or something, but then I thought. . . OMG, NO WAY. Everyday that I spend with no further bleeding & no signs of preterm labor is a good & successful day. I've been trying to think about that when I start to feel upset about being trapped in the house on the couch. I am so glad that I'm far enough along to feel the baby moving like crazy. It helps me to not be so egocentric. I mean I do sometimes focus on how much this ordeal sucks, and then I remember what a good point there is to the couch arrest, you knowwhat I mean?

    Thanks again, to all of you.
    Be blessed!

    Convicted of placenta previa & serving time on couch arrest ~Day 12
  9. by   RN2B2005
    Your self-restraint at skipping Wal-Mart is amazing, RNLou. Someplace in week five of my "couch arrest", I decided that since I felt OK, I could just go into work for a few hours to do some paperwork. This can be attributed to either PIH-impaired thinking, or boredom edging on madness, or both.

    My husband was at his work, and my work is literally across the street from our apartment, so I'd be home and back in jammies before he even knew I'd
    been anywhere. Unfortunately for me and my 'master plan', I was walking into the hospital and who should pass me but my (very surprised) OB/Gyn!!

    Suffice to say, I got a lecture, my husband got a phone call, and even my supervisor was called to tell her that if I showed up at work, to send me home.
  10. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by RNLou
    Convicted of placenta previa & serving time on couch arrest ~Day 12
    Alright! Almost 2 weeks Sounds like you are doing great, I can't wait to hear your little one has safely arrived...thanks to your couch arrest :kiss
  11. by   mother/babyRN
    Well, I feel as though I have coined a new term "Couch arrest." My family will be so proud....
  12. by   Jolie
    Wal-Mart??? You've got to be kidding!!! If you're going to jail break, at least make it a nice dinner. On second thought, order in. If you live anywhere in the northern half of the country, it's too d**n cold to be going out anyway.

    RN2B, caught going to work of all places! I had been home for about a week on bedrest, just long enough to start going batty, when I called my boss and asked her to bring some paperwork to me. We had JCAHO coming, and they were willing to pay me to do policies and procedures at home. During the phone call, I started having contractions. I was in the hospital on MgSO4 before she got to my door with the books. That was the last time I even attempted to work.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    How are you doing lately, Lou? Thinking of you!