A few weeks ago I got really excited!!!! I woke up early and went to the local Home Depot. I parked close to the garden center, checked my Toms and took a big gulp of water. Yes, now I am ready to shop and prepare for gardening season. Oh yes. I was excited. I remember walking into the store and seeing my fellow gardeners. Some were planning on planting onions. Some were constructing raised beds using kits. But all of us were ready. It was Spring Time.
Fast forward a few weeks....and I'm covering my garden with a blanket to prevent frostbite on my cabbage, broccoli, onions and brussel sprouts. This is frustrating. Gardeners, we now have another season in which we need to plan and prepare for. It is called Sprinter. This is the combination of Spring and Winter. It is when it is warm on Monday, rainy on Tuesday and Wednesday, just nice on Thursday, cold on Friday and snowing on Saturday. It's when we experience the characteristics of both Spring and Winter in 1 week.
Nevertheless, all is not lost. My herbs that I have inside are doing amazing!!! (I have been wondering why my seeds outside haven't sprouted yet......I bet it's because of Sprinter. Hmmmm...I wonder how long it will take the ground to warm?????)
When I was pregnant with the twins, I was put on hospitalized bedrest. I was only 5 months pregnant. Everything happened so fast. I took a half-day from work to got to the doctor. Anthony, as usual, came with me. During the ultra sound, the nurse left the room and was gone for a bit of time. When she returned, she told Anthony and me that the doctor would speak with us in the conference room. We waited in the conference room for an hour. (I had to have my mom pick up Aiden from daycare.) When the doctor finally came in, he said that my room will be ready in 5 minutes. Huh??? That was my only reply. Apparently, I was in active labor and I needed to be monitored. He gave me some papers to give to the nurse in the other wing of the hospital. As Anthony wheeled me over, he reassured me that everything was going to be okay.
When we arrived in the other wing, I handed the papers to the check-in nurse. She stated, "Oh, girl. You gonna be here a while." I said, "No I'm not. The doctor said I was only here for observation." The nurse looked at me over the rim of her glasses and said, "Mmm-K."
I should have listened to that nurse. I was on hospitalized bedrest for 2.5 months. I spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in the hospital. Here is the diary I kept....
Day 1 – Monday, November 14, 201
Arrived at 5pm. (Never left from 2pm Dr. apt.) Visitors – Anthony and Aiden. Anthony spent the night. I just slept and took in all the new information. Slept good with Ambien.
Day 2 – Tuesday – November 15, 2011
Visitors: Shun, EB, Helen, Aiden, Dad and Anthony spent the night.
Day 3 – Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Visitors: Shun and EB brought the Wii and snacks. Adam, Danielle and Gage brought snacks and juice. Anthony spent the night.
Day 4 – Thursday, November 17, 2011
Really enjoying Harvest Moon on the Wii. Visitors: Christina Brooks, Yolaunda Taylor, Phyliss Savage, Jackie Benson Helen, Aiden and Anthony (he spent the night.)
Day 5 – Friday, November 18, 2011
Anthony took off from work to stay with me. Visitors: Anthony, Linda, Claude, Sir Lawrence. Knitting lady showed me how to knit. It is very fun. Anthony and I played Mario Kart and PunchOut on the Wii.
Day 6 – Saturday, November 19, 2011
Anthony left after breakfast to spend time with Aiden. Visitors: Mom, Anthony and Aiden. She stayed a while and brought me my Dell since my interim will be using my Mac. Received a phone call from Mrs. Fergurson, the knitting lady. She will be coming by to get me started on my blankets. (I dropped the knitting somehow and messed up big time.) I wish more people would come to visit. Although, I am grateful for the visitors I do have. This is my first night sleeping by myself without Anthony here. (I slept really well….It was only God. Peed a lot though.)
Day 7 – Sunday, November 20, 2011
I had a relaxing morning. Only one contraction. Watched the church service online. Visitors: DW, Fredericka. I’ve decided that I don’t want Aiden to spend the night before Thanksgiving at the hospital with me. I don’t want him think that he could do that. I want him to sleep in a place that is known to him. Mrs. Fergurson and DW didn’t come by yesterday, maybe they will today. DW and Fredericka came by in the evening. It was very nice. Anthony spent the night.
Day 8 – Monday, November 21, 2011
Things are going pretty well. Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson came by and I have started on a receiving blanket. Dr. Stack also came by. Taki, Haley and Adam plan to come by later. Overseer Marion Douglas plans to stop by tomorrow and Serenta, from work, will be by Wed. (I have some bad gas.) I’ve knitted, played my game, and watched tv. Very interesting day. By the way, Taki, Adam and Haley did stop by. Adam bought ginger snaps…..delicious. Anthony spent the night.
Day 9 – Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Today was pretty lethargic. I woke up at 4am. Played the wii and ate animal crackers. I became sleepy at 6:45am. At 7:10am, breakfast arrived. I ate and went right back to sleep. The nurse finally came in at 10am to give me my 9am meds. I really didn’t want to wake up. I spent the next 45 min on the monitor and ate some lunch. I can’t wait to have some visitors. I think I may play my game and knit during X Factor. Anthony, Aiden and my Dad visited today. It was nice. Aiden cuddled with me while playing on my phone. I slept okay without Anthony here.
Day 10 – Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Today was great. I had lots of visitors: Stacey Ross brought Lenny’s, Mom and Aiden came by, Serenta McDonald bought milk and Corn Pops cereal, Kim Folson bought sliced cheese and Teresa Traylor, from church, brought mini juices and nuts. I also enjoyed talking to DW over the phone. I greatly enjoyed my time today. Tomorrow, Anthony and will stop by. I think I might ask the nurse for my meds early because I am pooped. Although, I will definitely be watching X Factors results. Even dinner was good. I had onion rings, chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce and juice from Teresa. For a late snack, I have a sandwich, snackwell cookies and fresh fruit.
Day 11 – Thursday, November 24, 2011
I had a great Thanksgiving Day. First the Martin Family came and brought me a plate. (They were the only ones to make me a sensible plate.) Then my Dad came by with his new girlfriend Lindsey?? I can’t really remember her name. Aunt Michelle had packed me 4 plates of food. Later, Anthony came and brought me food from Linda and Tracey. I had 3-4 plates from each house. Ebony did good with the chitlins. I ate the Martin’s plate for lunch and some of Tracey’s for dinner and Linda’s for dessert. Needless to say, there were a lot of leftovers. Anthony spent the night. We started playing Monopoly and it’s not looking too good for me, although I still have a fighting chance.
Day 12 – Friday, November 25, 2011
Today was pretty lax. I didn’t eat anymore Thanksgiving food. I did have some more of Linda’s cake. The doctors think I may have pre-eclamsia because I had high blood pressure for a few days. I told them that for someone with all the issues you say, I feel pretty great. They said that it’s just a precaution. So they took some blood and I have to pee in a container for the next 24 hrs. Anthony, Aiden, and my Mom came by to visit. Aiden took off all his clothes except his underwear. Lori thought it was hilarious. I’m really enjoying Harvest Moon. It’s truly a time saver. Anthony spent the night and cuddled in my bed with me. Oh, I lost in Monopoly by 4.5 million dollars. And that was after I mortgaged all my property and sold all my house. Bummer!
Day 13 – Saturday, November 26, 2011
Anthony left at 11:20am. I thought I was going to have a boring day. I had no visitors in mind. So I played my game and tried to stay awake. (I didn’t sleep well last night and so I decided that if I don’t nap at all, then I’ll pass out at 10pm.) Well, around 2pm Lori came in and saw me fighting sleep and told me to set my alarm clock for ½ hour and get a power nap. So I set my clock and laid down. 10 minutes later Mario Moton came in. We chatted and had a great time. Then Fredricka arrived! We had a great time. Mario left about 30 minutes after Fred came, but she stayed until 8pm. It was great. I played my game a little more and watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Then Anthony came and we went to sleep around 11pm. I slept great by the way. Oh, and I don’t have pre-eclamsia.
Day 14 – Sunday, November 27, 2011
Anthony left after breakfast to get ready for church. I have already taken a shower. My plans for today are as follows: Watch church, nap, read, play game and I might do some knitting. I didn’t watch the church service. Instead I video chatted with Anthony and Aiden. I did take a nap, play my game and finished my book. I didn’t get around to knitting. I got kinda lonely and bored towards the evening.
Day 15 – Monday, November 28, 2011
I got plenty done today. My mom came by and visited. My friend Erin is here in room 206 having her baby boy. Dr. Schiender gave me wheelchair priviledges , not only to visit me friend, but also for 30 minutes every day!!!! Yeppie!!! Anthony spent his lunch with me and spent the night. The boys were very hard on me.
Day 16 – Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I started my glucose test at 4am and was sick until 10am. However, I did pass with an 87. But it made me sick something serious. I didn’t feel well enough to eat breakfast until 9am and then was a little ill during monitoring. By lunch I felt a lot better. Overseer Marion Douglas came by and visited. It was really nice. This other lady also came by with a goodie bag from Mom of Multiples. I think I may join the group. Anthony spent the night and Shun picked up Aiden to spend the night with him. I started having contractions again around 4:20pm. So I was put on the monitor again, given an extra dose of Percardium and a flu shot (not related) for good measure. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well and had to take an Ambien.
Day 17 – Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Today was great. I had a relaxing morning and even took a short nap. The twins make me feel really special. Kinda like Aiden made me feel special about being a mom period. Aiden and my mom came to visit. I really miss Aiden a lot. It was nice to spend some time with him. My aversion to bread started again today. So I asked Anthony to bring me some Taco Bell for my after dinner snack. It was good, but it gave me an upset stomach and I had to drink some Sprite so I could burp and feel better. This lasted all night long. (But weirdly I feel quite rested.) Anthony spent the night and left early in the morning to get to the house before my mom left for work.
Day 18 – Thursday, December 1, 2011
Whitney had her baby today. He’s extremely cute. I really miss Anthony. But I don’t want to be selfish and keep him to myself. I know he has a house to run, work and still be a great father to Aiden. But tonight…I just don’t want to spend it by myself. He left work early today because he was too tired and just wasn’t feeling it. I pray he’s not getting depressed or anything. He told me he really misses me. I’m not entirely sure how me being on bedrest is affecting him. Even when I ask, he states that he misses me but that he’s okay. I got a chance to see Grandma, Jackie, Tracey, Merv and Ebony due to Whitney’s baby. My mom is a little upset that Grandma hasn’t been able to come and see me because she says that she is just too tired, but can run down and see little Calvin immediately. Honestly, I could care less. There are plenty of people who I wonder why I haven’t seen them (Phyliss Galloway, the Powells, Allen..just to name a few) but that’s not going to dampen my spirits. I concentrate more on those who come to see me instead.
Day 19 – Friday, December 2, 2011
Today was great. My Sick Bank got approved for 20 days. (I’ll apply for an extension later.) Anthony refinanced our car loans and saved us over $1000 this month and over $200 every month. How great is God!! Linda, Beauty and Sir Lawrence came to visit today. Linda went with me to my unltrasound. She talked the entire time and kept pointing to the screen trying to figure out what was what. This was her very first ultrasound. I really enjoyed holding Sir Lawrence and putting him to sleep. I can’t wait till Elliott and Elijah get here. Around 6:20pm, I started feeling vaginal pressure. Lori told me to lay down and give it 30 mins. I still wasn’t feeling better. Then the irritability started. Then the contractions started. The other nurse, Christanne, told me to drink more water and she gave me my medicine 30 minutes early, at 8:30pm. I didn’t stop having contractions until 9:15pm. The irritability lasted until 11:30pm. Anthony spent the night with my after the Mime Concert. Then I just passed out.
Day 20 – Saturday, December 3, 2011
I felt a lot better when I woke up. I took a shower and washed my hair with the tea tree shampoo, conditioner and body bar. I was invigorating. I let my hair naturally and flat ironed it. Tamillah and Elliott came and visited today. I think Elliott was a little offended when I asked him to set out while the nurse got the heart tones. I just didn’t want him to see my belly.
Day 26 – Friday, December 9, 2011
I haven’t wrote in a while. Here’s a rundown of visitors.
Monday the 5th – Aunt Jackie and Hope
Tuesday the 6th – Tamillah (Helped her with her work)
Wed. the 7th – Mrs. Frye, my interim, Anthony stayed the day and spent the night.
Thurs. the 8th – Fredricka, Anthony spent the night.
...And that's all I wrote. Things got pretty hard after that and my spirits got really low. I wasn't discharged until Jan. 10th. I came back on the 16th and had the twins. They then had a little stay in NICU.
Below is a pick of my belly.
These are some of my thoughts, questions, comments and "could-care-less"...