Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SLEEPING...

This is my closet...well, it's not MY closet...but it's been lent out to me the past few nights. Oh how grateful I am to sleep in a bed again. Not that I sleep well, but it's soft and cozy compared to the plastic board I have been sleeping on. There are few options of sleep arrangements when your child is in the PICU. Most of the time they prefer that you NOT sleep in the child's area. There's not much room to move and the parents just make it more difficult. They encourage you to sleep out in the waiting area. I'm not a picky person by any stretch of the imagination...I was brought up by Priscilla for crying out loud. But sometimes I can't help but cringe thinking that I'm laying my head where someone's bottom has been all day. (they allow you to sleep on the couches for the night) Sometimes you end up sharing the waiting area with multiple families, families who come from all walks of life. It gets a little awkward though when your sleep mate decides to take the shirt off his very large body and stick it to the plastic couch that he lays down on. (do I really want to sleep in the same area as this guy?) I answered my own question when the snoring began. So...when my nurse offers to get me a coveted "sleep room" (aka: closet), I JUMP at the opportunity. Privacy is far and few between when you are living the PICU life. I feel like I won the lottery - 3 nights in a row now.

12 comments:

Jenny said...

So you HAVE won the lottery! Because we both know you'll never be playing the real one. Congratulations! A closet is a better prize than a shirtless guy on a vinyl couch. Ew.

Jane said...

YAY for the closet. Sorry about the shirtless guy. UGH!

Smilin' sunshine said...

It is amazing at some of the little things we are grateful for!

Sleep well my friend!

shirlgirl said...

Glad you finally got a comfortable place to put your head--nice clean sheets/pillow case, etc. Hope it won't be long before you can be home sleeping in your own bed.

Phoenix's Mom said...

Ok, I must tell you I will never look at sleeping in the waiting room the same way again! :)
Hope you are home soon.

Jo Jo said...

This should be rated:TMGI (Too Much Gross Information)!

KeriLyn and Matthew said...

When my radio alarm went off this morning, they were giving the answer to their "dumb trivia question" they ask each morning....yesterday the question was "what do people take most for grantite" (Sp?....i never know how that word is spelled)----anyway....the answer was their bed! Not you!!! And, honestly, i don't agree....i love my bed.....i love sleep too much to not appreciate my bed....so, i am sure you are very happy to have your private closet with a bed.

Joy said...

sweet dreams my friend!

April said...

I am laughing out loud because it's SO TRUE! You are such a good sport! Hope you had a good night! Talk to you soon!

Darlene said...

If it would make you giggle you can be grateful it wasn't Marc's naked belly :o)

barryblog said...

I am so happy you finally got a bed!! When Oaklee was 3 days old, she had to go in Phoenix Children's hospital for a few days. I got to sleep in her room 3 days post pardum in a recliner!!! You would think they would be kinder to us parents. I hope it can be 4 nights in a row:)

Heidi : ) said...

If I lived closer I would let you stay with me or can I get you a hotel room for a night or something?