It has officially been a week since I have arrived at downtown Methodist. I had planned on writing a blog multiple times over the past seven days but never had the mental space to actually do it. Even though my days are not really exciting, and for the most part I don’t have anything to do, the days are kind of busy.
Similarities and Differences. Hospital vs Resort.
So my dad keeps telling me this is a vacation and John has even mentioned it a time or two. While I know this is the BEST place for these two littles to grow, it has less of a vacation feel and more of a really, really, really boring and confined dorm life… and I mean real boring!
Check-In and Wrist Bands.
Similarities: Upon arrival you get your signature wrist band(s).
Differences: For the resort that means you have access to unlimited amounts of alcohol and food and can usually travel anywhere on the beautiful resort and visit all the pools and partake in the resort activities.
At the hospital this magical wristband gets scanned multiple times a day to allow the nursing staff to administer any drugs or vitamins I might need during my stay. This will also match the twins’ bands, that will probably end up around their ankles, so they know those babies are MINE/OURS.
Similarities: They each have a bed, recliner, bathroom, extra sink, and some storage.
Differences: The resort rooms are usually a tad larger. The bed is perhaps two or three times larger. And the windows open up to a beautiful deck area.
The hospital has wonderful safety rails in the bathroom. They also have exceptionally bright lighting!! I feel if you ever had that elusive hair that you needed to pluck…. You could find it with ease in here!! I did finally get a lamp in my room and that has helped cozy up the atmosphere and soften up the lighting a little.
Similarities: They both have food and room service. That is pretty much where those similarities stop.
Differences: For the most part resort food has tons of options and usually pretty good. Hospital food can get somewhat mundane. What I have been SUPER THANKFUL for are some AMAZING friends that have stopped by to have lunch with me and to John for bringing dinner down multiple times last week. We did find another cafe’ I have access to in the hospital yesterday; however, I have to order the food from my room and not physically go down there….. So note to self, stay lazy and let them deliver it to me!
Similarities: Both establishments have designated entertainment “teams” and things that you can do on your own.
Differences: Resort entertainment usually consists of pool/sand volleyball, group exercises, foam parties, and some sort of drinking mixed in to all of it. Hospital entertainment includes knitting…. Honestly that is the only thing I have seen that they have offered or provided so far. I of course have kept myself “entertained” with Amazon Fire Stick, Hulu, Netflix, reading, and seeing or hearing my sweet sweet babies multiple times a day!
As much as I wish the beautiful red tree outside my room was a palm tree, the memories of this hospital stay will be so minor compared to the memories that John and I will make with these little ones that it will all be worth it.
I will try and document a “normal” day around here too and share that will you all. All last week the twins were giving the nurses a hard time during monitoring. A couple times they actually had to pull in the ultrasound techs to find the babies and try to get readings that way. It is like they can nap all day long and once those monitors come on they want to do gymnastics. On Thursday one of them kept kneeing their sibling in the face. I was so worried about them but the nurses assured me they will be ok…. And I was mildly impressed that they are practicing self-defense already!
I also want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has come to visit,call, text, FB message, or post. I truly appreciate it! I have also gotten mail sent to the hospital and John is good about bringing things down to me everyday that are sent to the house. These little ones are SO blessed with the BEST- you all! Speaking of John, he is trying to juggle work, home, animals, and hospital life. Please keep him in your prayers as he tries to do it all.
Another huge Thank You to Melanie. It is no secret that I have been missing my dogs since moving in and on Friday she brought them down to see me! The hospital has given me “Hospital Privileges”. So I am allowed to leave the floor and even go outside, I just need to stay on campus. So, I met her and the boys outside and we went for a WALK! It was BEAUTIFUL OUT! God sure blessed us with an amazing night and we enjoyed every minute of it. It was at that moment that I realized life really isn’t about the big things. Are vacations nice, yes…. But what made my heart full at that very moment was a simple walk down the sidewalk, chatting with a friend all while watching my dogs swagger their way down Woodland Avenue. That day was the best. Simple conversation and the best dog hugs and kisses ever.
I know Russell and Wilson’s roles will soon change within the Matthies house, and we will be extra blessed to get those simple moments with two beautiful children and our dogs. Sometimes we need to take a moment are realize that even though it may seem like we don’t have much…. We really do. And God wants us to be happy!! And if we really think about all that we are blessed with…. Even the smallest of things, like a walk outside with a friend…. Then we can realize how blessed we truly are!