My son has been in the hospital for a week and a half due to prematurity (6 wks early) and all the issues that come along with it.. he has been through the jaundice, and has spells where his heart rate and breathing rate drops. today at 3am and again at 9am his heart rate jumped to 324 bpm.. everything has been so stressful, my fiance is out of work, and helping me through the situation, I cry every day, scream at him, and I have had this problem ongoing throughout the pregnancy...and now it has gotten worse.. I just don't know how to deal with it, I feel like I'm two different people, emotionally. I want it to get better and to take all the stress away but I feel incredibly depressed and normally... I am a joyful person.. before I got pregnant.. I was the woman that my fiance fell in love with.. I want to be back to normal. Another thing is that I'm really worried about taking prescription for this issue.. I want to try to stay away from that as much as possible... I'm just seeking an answer and support...
Next time you go to visit your son at the hospital, ask one of the nurses to call-in a social worker for you to meet with. There are people who can help you if you let them.
Also, lack of sleep can greatly contribute to your stress. I know it is very difficult--but make sleep a priority in your life. Do everything you can to schedule your life in a way that you can sleep for 6-8 hours uninterrupted. If you are pumping, ask a lactation consultant for advice about establishing a pumping schedule that gives you that time to sleep.
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