Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bed rest made fun; one mom looks back on her journey

Local mom Missy Cheatham reminisces on the events of her pregnancy with twin girls and her 72-day stay on bed rest at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford last year:

“One year ago today, I went in for my normal appointment with the perinatologist for my pregnancy with Cooper and Conley. I was 23 weeks and 5 days along in my pregnancy. To my surprise, I was admitted the hospital with absolutely no notice.

"The doctor sent the nurse to get me a wheelchair, and I was wheeled down the hall to be admitted into Labor and Delivery where I would stay as long as I could avoid delivery. That turned out to be a 72-day stay, which resulted in wonderful friendships that I still have with many of my nurses, and most importantly resulted in two healthy babies that made it until 35 weeks and 5 days not spending even one minute in the NICU.

Every day in the hospital was absolutely worth it.

When I look at Cooper and Conley today (Conley is trying to crawl in my lap as I type this), I don't even remember the unique journey we took to get them here safely. When anyone asks me about staying in the hospital, I have to remind myself that I was really there for 10 weeks. Wow! It never seemed like 72 days. That was mostly because of my FABULOUS nurses (who really just became my friends that had to wait on me hand and foot...that's not so bad!) and the great program that Texas Health HEB has for mommies on hospital bed rest. I mean, I had craft time, movie night, free massages and educational classes.

Texas Health HEB Women's Center is definitely the place to be if you have to be on bed rest long-term!

It was a very surreal experience to learn....you can't go home for a very long time....you have to sleep away from your husband and daughter for a very long time....you can't even go home to pack a bag or straighten things up...you have to leave work unexpectedly for some unknown time....BUT in hindsight, it was all worth it and I had a lot of fun too!”

For more information on Texas Health HEB’s women’s services, visit www.TexasHealth.org/HEBwomen.

Photos of Cheatham and the Texas Health HEB women’s services nurses courtesy of Cheatham.

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