Mrs Negative

Mrs Negative embraces her tardy Positive. Life after IVF and loving the son I never thought I'd have.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Abundant Bundles

When is assvice not assvice?
When it's good advice.
Thank you for all your comments & good advice. I will heed all from you wisely women.

During my stay in hospital, I was looked after in the Gyno ward.
There are three things in abundance in the Gyno ward.
1. Nurses.
2. Women.
3. Babies.

NURSES: The nurses were fabulous. Vigilant, caring, supportive. These gals are everywhere. All the time. They hover over your bed at insane hours, scaring the bejesus out of the novice patients. It's amazing how after a few days in their world, you adapt & comply. Instead of awakening at 3.15 am with a dizzy fright at the shadowy figure inches from your bed, your brain learns to accept the night nurse & soon you offer your arm for Blood Pressure checks & you stick out your tongue for temperature checks without even opening your eyes, heck, without even waking up! Nurses work long hours, stressful, often thankless hours & I am glad my childhood dream of becoming a nurse was abandoned when I realised I was a lazy, sleep fiend. Nurses are good people.

WOMEN: All ages, all colours, all clutching at their nether regions. If you are a patient in the Gyno Ward, you can bet your reproductive organs have been tampered with in some form. I shared a room with 3 other ladies. One lovely, one silent & one a complete lunatic. We made a nice team.

BABIES: I had not given a thought to the fact that I would be recovering surrounded by newborns. The first visit I had from Mum & Peter was right after surgery. Though I was clearly off my face, I could see the signs of concern on theirs. "I can't believe they put you in here with all these babies" Mum whispered. They were both a bit worried about my emotional state. I assured them I was fine & I was. I couldn't see or hear a wee bairn for the life of me. The next day I told them that the kids on this ward were incredibly well behaved. I swear I still hadn't even heard a peep from the babies residing just 2 door down. I was starting to think that maybe there were no newborns here after all. My first night off morphine, my senses were alert & sleep didn't come so swiftly. Then I heard them.
All night.
Squeaks, squeals & wails. A chorus of tiny cranky souls. The babies. Where the nurses murdering them I pondered? I buzzed for some drugs & finally silence overcame me. Next day I ventured out of bed. My first turn into the corridor exposed the world beyond my room & I was in the middle of maternity mayhem. I was fascinated. I was bemused. I was staring. Smiling at all the new parents. Parading swaddled cocoons. Tiny, fuzzy heads peeking out from blankets & I felt okay about this! I peered into rooms & sidestepped new mothers as they pushed their babies around on wheeled cribs. There was a miracle at each turn.
Back in my own room with the other layabouts I sat on my bed & watched a young girl shuffle by. She was pushing her tiny, crying baby around. We exchanged glances. I smiled at her & she returned one, although hers was tinged with despair. She looked sore, slow & miserable. Welcome to motherhood I thought. It's a tough gig & I understood her bewilderment. She was probably just as tired & sore as I was but she had both hands full with a noisy baby. Both my hands were free to clutch my tummy & brace for a sneeze. For the first time ever I experienced pregnancy pity. I'd only ever experienced pregnancy envy. I laid back, switched on Oprah & grabbed a Toblerone. I can't wait to be a mother, but in that moment I was happy to just be a lady with no fallopian tubes.

14 Comments:

Anonymous jill said...

I'm so glad that the nurses are taking such good care of you and that being around all those babies isn't upsetting. I admire your wonderful attitude. Enjoy your Toblerone and get well soon!

Jill

25/6/05  
Blogger Bugsy said...

It sounds like you were well looked after. I hope you recover quickly and when you are ready, I hope you reenter that ward but this time to push a little bundle of your own about whilst some other bleary eyed women brace their stomachs when they sneeze. Take care hun.

25/6/05  
Blogger Ova Girl said...

great post and sounds like you're making a great recovery. Love your Oprah/Toblerone moment - excellent combo...

25/6/05  
Anonymous thalia said...

Well done you. Sending you virtual good chocolate (we have to be able to do better than toblerone - how about La Maison du Chocolat?). HOpe you're continuing to recover well

27/6/05  
Blogger Suz said...

Get well soon!

27/6/05  
Blogger Drew said...

Excellent Stuff Ova Girl - so good to see you are well and good! Hope the incisions heal soon!

Hee hee when I had my ovary taken out I realise two days later (I was heavily sedated because IT FUCKING HURTS) that I was in a maternity ward - like some sick joke.

I started to hear babies cry at night - every 10 minutes. Sometimes I yearned to be that new mother holding the baby, but sometimes I smiled a little smile myself and be thankful that I can pull that doona over my head and rest in peace....whichever it is I was thankful to be alive and healthy.

27/6/05  
Blogger Kimmer said...

From one tubeless chick to another, I wish you a speedy recovery. Enjoy the good chocolate and the good hospital drugs.
KIM

27/6/05  
Blogger Chee Chee said...

I'm glad you were in good hands at the hospital! I hope you will have a baby in your arms very soon.

28/6/05  
Blogger Mellie said...

You are a strong woman! I'm not sure I could have handled that with the grace you did. I have no doubt that someday you'll be enjoying your own squealing bundle along with the Swiss chocolate.

28/6/05  
Blogger Kath said...

Ahhh toblerone.

Seriously, I hope your stay wasn't too bad. You seemed to have got out with your sanity intact.

28/6/05  
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