Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bed Rest.

Bed Rest.

I think that's what they meant when they said I needed to stay off my feet and rest, last night before I left the ER.

At the time I was finally feeling okay and I thought "Yeah right.... like that's gonna happen..." to myself.

In addition to everything else, Paul started law school yesterday, so he's at class and studying a lot (although he's really, trying to help me out too). And I don't want to distract him from studying, because he needs to excel in class if he's going to meet his goals.

So I had no plans to follow the doctor's orders when it came to staying in bed. I woke up to a killer migraine, took two of my migraine pills (hydrocordon) and was bounding around the house feeding the girls and getting ready to face the day. I even hung a bunch of framed photos on the wall (stupid) and unpacked four boxes (stupider) and then, in an act of extreme stupidity moved two boxes of Paul's grad school books that were in my way (stupidest). If you haven't noticed, I have a really, really hard time staying still when there is so much to be done, even when I really, really should.

This was all apparently a very, very bad idea. The dizziness started. Then the almost fainting. And the extreme nausea. Then I was curled up on the floor with Sadie saying "Mommy I need help _______" (fill in the blank with "with this puzzle" or "finding my princess shoe" or "with these blocks."), while Mae Bae decided it would be fun to try to sit on my head (I kid you not). And I am now relying heavily on Dora and Diego, and a large box of toys I dumped in the middle of the floor that thankfully hadn't been unpacked, to keep the girls happy. Oh and Mae is in jail in her exersaucer, where I hope she will stay until she's tired enough for her nap.

I have learned that sometimes we really do need to a) listen and b) slow down. I have a feeling we are going to be watching way too many DVDs in the next few days. But I am thankful that that's an option because if it wasn't I would have no idea how I would keep the girls busy while laying on my back in the middle of the living room floor.

I have no idea how those of you who are on bed rest for extended periods of time do it (although I definitely would if it could have helped the baby at all!). I am already going a little crazy and it's only been three hours since I realized it was a very serious order. It's going to be a long couple of days.


  1. Oh, Cam, I wish I was in FL so I could come over and help you! Prayers!

  2. Sweetie, you've lost a lot of blood and been through quite an ordeal. You MUST take care of yourself. Hugs to you.


  3. You really need to just plant yourself in bed or on the couch and rest. Put some snack items out where Sadie can reach them and just let her entertain herself with toys and the TV. Hopefully Mae napped for you so you could rest.

  4. Cam, I'm so sorry. Like JoAnna, I wish I was in FL--I'd come over, play with the girls, make dinner, and insist that you lie there and REST!

    (Odd, how reading someone's blog for a year or so makes you feel like you know them and could offer such things. Blogs are weird and wonderful that way, I guess.)

    In any case, I've prayed for you and your family. And now...REST!

  5. Is there any way you could call your new parish and explain the situation so that you can get some relief? I'm sure there are some nice women who could come over and help you with the girls - probably several who have been through the same difficult ordeal. Our parish has a "Steven Ministry" for just such occasions, with vetted and trained assistants ready to lend a hand. We also have a "Mom's Group" that brings meals to postpartum mothers, when there's illness in the family, etc.

    Really. Consider calling. It is a blessing to others to give them the opportunity to serve.

    You are a very important person, and you need to rest and let your body heal. That is not really optional at all. You did *just* have a baby, yesterday. I know the urge to forge ahead and take care of the home is strong, but please allow yourself some time. You have been through a lot.

    Praying for you, and asking your guardian angel to watch over you closely in the days ahead.


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