Life in the Hospital

I know I’ve only been here a few days, but I am actually having a pretty good time in the hospital. Maybe things will change later on, when I’ll get sick of being here and I do want to be able to remember the good days. I am very impressed how nice everyone is. But I have to say I am fortunate to be on this floor, I get more privileges to say so. The day starts early, I usually wake up around 6:30-7:00. The nurses shifts change at 7AM and 7PM and some of them like to come and check on their patients before they go home. They all say that I am a very good patient, they don’t have a lot of work with me. And I tell them “for now :)”. Every morning and night they check my vitals – the interesting part is that at night my heart races like crazy. And I usually get a headache with that. They said it’s because of the huge amount of blood flow that I have in my body. Carrying quads, each of them with their own placenta, is a lot of work for my body. Also twice a day I get to be monitored for contractions for an hour. I’ve been having really good days and nights since I got here, the contractions are very light and few. Being on strict bed rest helps a lot and here I have help around me all the time so I only get out of bed to use the bathroom or shower. Then they check out the babies heart rates using some sort of monitor that look like a microphone. Sometimes the babies are playing hide and go seek. They move so much and they’re giving the nurses a hard time to find all of them. They kick the monitor so much, it’s funny 🙂

Fetal heart rate doppler

Fetal heart rate doppler

So that’s pretty much all the work the nurses have with us, not bad, right?

I get 3 meals a day, pretty balanced and pretty tasty, I have to say. I usually get to pick from 2 options, but the menu is the same every week, so if I’ll  be here a long time, I think I’ll get tired of it. I also get snacks in between the meals, so it’s not bad. Plus they give me 3 Boost drinks a day (10g of protein each) and some sort of double protein ice cream to increase my protein intake. I need about 130g of protein a day to keep the quads growing!

So everything is going well, my belly is very big now and I never thought I will get this far. It is hard to even turn in bed. Many times I feel worthless because I am not doing anything at all, I lay in bed all day. But I know my body is working harder than ever. If you put yourselves in my shoes, could you imagine such a drastic change in you life? From an active, busy person to… strict bed rest and huge belly 🙂 It took me a while to process everything and accept this dramatic turn in my life, but after all it is the biggest blessing and I would not take it any other way. The other day I got a special air mattress that goes on top of my hospital bed and it’s supposed to help me with the pain that I get from laying down so much. It does work, I like it. Now I think they ordered me a hospital trapeze. I am not kidding when I say I can hardly move. It might sound funny but it’s not. So I will be able to hold on to that when I get up. When Oly is here with me it’s great because he helps me get up or turn, but I feel bad calling the nurse or the tech during the day for this. My belly and my legs (weird!) hurt when I get up…I can’t even imagine what is going to be a month from now if I make it to 32 weeks.

I had more visitors today! Naty has become an periodic visitor (maybe a daily one), so sweet of him. But my Bennett with his grandma Gigi, his twin buddies Grant and Lane with their mommy – my friend Susan – came by for lunch and they brought me a yummy Zaxbys Zalad 🙂 Mmmm the taste of the outside world!

Handsome boys

Handsome boys

Tomorrow I have another ultrasound and they’ll check my cervix. I’m a little nervous. But I am hopeful and I pray that everything will continue to be ok. I am excited that my hubby will spend the night here again, I miss him…

Make sure you check out the Belly Pics… I added a few more in the last few days. Believe it or not, apparently there’s still more room to grow!

28 weeks 1 day

10 thoughts on “Life in the Hospital

  1. Youre doing awesome! Its excellent news you are comfortable there and are happy with the nurses. Having a routine helps keep the days rolling by. I eventually asked for other food options and.found out i could get food ordered from the cafeteria. They might do the same for you since youre long term. Dont be afraid to call those.nurses for help girl! Nothing is too silly. The hospital bed rest will definitely help. You are doing the hardest and most important job…growing those quadlings! Keep up the good work and that amazing attitude 🙂

    • It seems like after 2 weeks they change the menu, Allison Flinn from our quad moms group was in the hospital for a while and she just told me that. So that’s good 🙂 I will have to start calling the nurses, I mean I feel such a huge difference from one day to another!

  2. I second what Amber said about asking for stuff. They WILL accommodate you. And developing a great relationship with the nurses is, by far, the smartest thing you can do 🙂 They will bend over backwards for you!

  3. You look beautiful momma of quads!
    Stiu ca este plictisitor sa stai in spital ,dar profita acum de timpul care il ai,nu o sa fie asa in viitor:))
    Youre doing awesome!You are doing the hardest and most important job in the world!

  4. I’m so proud of you for keeping a positive attitude! It soooooo very important. I once had a meltdown about being so huge and sloth like, but I got over it quickly because I knew it was short term and for the good of all. It’s great that you are connecting with the nurses and such, they will help you keep your spirits up.

    • Thanks Amber! I am trying to stay positive, it’s very hard sometimes because day by day it’s getting harder and harder, as you know so well. But it’s all worth it in the end. We are so very blessed!

  5. Hi Lori,
    Just want you to know that you and your sweet babies are in my thoughts and prayers! I had Maranda at Northside and she was a Preemie…she was 6 weeks early and only weighed 3 pounds. Northside is a wonderful Hospital. You are in great hands. Maranda also had the same Dr’s as you. Small world isn’t it?
    Please let me know if you need anything ok, and enjoy the rest while you can get it, you are going to be a very busy Mommy!!!!!
    Love Robin (Nick’s Mom). : )

    • Hi Robin!! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! I am in the best place possible and I am thankful every single day for the care that I get. It is a small world!!

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