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May 24, 2011

Okay, for the confession:  I got my whine on this weekend.  Friday night Alan and I came to the hospital due to my increased contractions and a low-grade fever, and long-story-short, I am here until the triplets arrive (which is hopefully right at 35 weeks).  Alan got the brunt of my illness- and pain-induced grouchiness that I try to hide from friends and strangers.  Kudos to him for putting up with me.

This week, though–this week is turning out better.  Some things that have helped:

1.  Support, via phone, e-mail, visits, etc.  You guys are awesome.

2.  Jacuzzi time.  The antepartum unit has a private tub with jets–not a hot tub, as that would be a big no-no for the preggers.  But it was warm and relaxing and made me feel temporarily like a normal person.  (Dad and Jeff, I already know what you would say.  You think you’re soooo funny.)

3.  Ambien.  I am normally not a fan of sleep aids, but the steroids I’m on to increase my platelet count have the unfortunate side effect of making me feel wired all the time.  So last night the nurse gave me 5 mg of Ambien, and I slept for 2 4-hour segments–that hasn’t happened in weeks.  Go drugs!

4.  Air bed.  The new room they put me in has an air mattress that automatically adjust to your pressure points when you’re sitting or lying down.  Very nice for sore hips.

5.  A visit from the hospital chaplain yesterday.  We just chatted a bit about random things, but talking with him made me re-prioritize and put this experience in perspective:  that 2 weeks in the grand scheme of things is not that long (although being on full bedrest means the days seem to take an eternity), and that the babies’ health, not my pelvic pain or chronic nosebleeds or anything else, is what is most important.

Here’s hoping I can still be present throughout this experience, not wish it away. (And that the grouchiness goes away too!)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Katy permalink
    May 27, 2011 9:24 am

    We are thinking of you guys! You are so strong, Michelle! Those little ones will be so fortunate to have you and Alan as parents. Wishing you the best as you await their arrival! 🙂

  2. Penny Pension permalink
    May 27, 2011 8:01 am

    Think of it as a vacation at the Ritz …jacuzzi, air bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner in bed! What more could you ask for? Never mind that last question. Just rest and enjoy the quiet time for it will be short-lived. Hang in there, you can make it 2 more weeks.
    Love, thoughts and prayers.

  3. Lynne Yaple permalink
    May 25, 2011 9:44 am


    You have the panache and grit to pull this off in style, grouchiness not withstanding. We discount that part because we know it is just temporary and not you. We are rooting for you and would gladly do anything to help you along. Unfortunately, all we can do is provide moral support. While two weeks seems like an eternity, you are right; in the bigger scheme of things, it is a pin prick of time. You can be grouchy to me any time you want. It just rolls off my back.



  4. Mary Belinsky permalink
    May 24, 2011 10:44 pm

    You – grouchy?! I always picture you as a Kermit type, not Oscar!! I love your posts. You really do have to write either a column or a book someday. It sounds like you have reached the uncomfortable stage. Hang in there! You are doing so well. I brag about you to anyone who will listen. Today I wowed my ob/gyn with how well you are doing! The gals in my Pilates classes are rooting for you too!

    Hats off to Alan!

  5. Britt permalink
    May 24, 2011 8:23 pm

    You’re amazing Michelle! I think of you all the time. I was with Grandma and Papa today and showed Grandma pictures from your baby shower on Facebook while we were waiting for Papa in treatment, I think she really enjoyed seeing them 🙂
    Miss you!
    Love from NH!

  6. Neal & BJ permalink
    May 24, 2011 4:48 pm

    Hey Sweet Pea!

    I think I could go for the Jacuzzi and the Ambien! I agree with the chaplain . . . 2 weeks is . . . 2 weeks! You’re getting lots of rest time before the trips make their grand appearance. After they come, two weeks on bedrest will definitely be a thing of the past! I definitely believe you’re going to reach your goal.

    Give Alan a hug for me, and tell him I think he’s the best husband and going to make a wonderful Dad! Those Triplets of Frindellville are so lucky to have you two for parents!

    Love ya,

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