as of Saturday: no more sleeping on my stomach. I’m actually pretty shocked that I made it this long before it became untenable. It’s an extremely odd sensation – kind of (but not really) like the sensation of having had way too much to eat and then lying on the huge lump of food that you’re digesting. But not really. It doesn’t hurt, but there’s a definite physical sensation of "stop that."
Some other, err.... "activities" will need to be adjusted also. Please do not offer any advice. :-)
Back sleeping is also out, for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m not supposed to sleep on my back anymore anyhow; 2) the noise of my own snoring will wake me up every fifteen minutes or so. Of course I wake up if a mosquito sneezes fifteen miles away, so I’m not sure that I’d really notice a difference. But it’s annoying when I can’t blame it on something/someone else. So I’ll be stuck sleeping on my sides and waking up every two hours when my arm goes numb. Again, not very different from normal life.
Apparently I'm supposed to have heartburn and other "digestive issues." (Remember I said I wasn't going to get too graphic? I meant it.) Leg cramps are apparently on the docket also at this point. Nope. Nothing. I'm sure the heartburn will come, but in the meantime I'm going to enjoy it's absence. So far, everything is incredibly uneventful. I really hope that it doesn't all balance out in a few months...
The big downer for the week is that it looks like I may need to re-evaluate my primary idea for day care. The day care that all the ladies here in the department are using just had it second case of MRSA in the infant room in a span of three and a half weeks. The first one was definitely Not Their Fault – the child came in with the infection and they didn’t know what it was until the culture came back. Given what I’ve heard about the things that they both were and were not doing (not keeping the infected area covered; not washing hands after handling the infected infant prior to handling the others; placing the infected infant's bedding into another infant’s crib while stripping the bedding to scrub down the crib), I’m not so sure about the second case. It’s common enough in the general population these days that the second case may be completely unconnected – but it sure doesn’t look very good. As far as I know, it’s one of those things that you can neither prove nor disprove – or if you can, not quickly or easily. So I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, if you’re going to be out in the world there are no guarantees. You wash your hands, you take reasonable precautions, and you don’t succumb to mindless hysteria. On the other hand, I’m not thrilled about what I heard about the staff’s handling of the situation. Just something else to take into account as I do my research. Who knows – by the time I need it, they may be free and clear.
I need to figure out if it’s time to start shopping, or if it’s still too early.