- Having an audience for treatments: Don't get me wrong I like the RTs, but I always find it awkward to have someone watch me while I cough my brains out, turn red in the face, and spit in a cup.
- Pooping: It happens to all of us, but why oh why does someone always walk in 22 seconds after I go number two? I mean, really?!
- Sleep: Between patients screaming down the hall (dementia patients?) and nurses coming in the room in the middle of the night to the carts being rolled around outside the door I just can't sleep. In fact, I am pretty sure I slept more the few weeks after my daughter was born and I nursed her every 2 hours than I have slept in the past four night.
- No Responsibility: I find home IVs somewhat exhausting. Waking through the night to do infusions, setting timers for meds, making time for therapy all while cooking, cleaning, and being a mom. It is nice to have someone else keep track of times and meds and therapy.
- Selfishness: When you become a mother you lose the right to be selfish. You have another human who depends on you 100% so you often come second or third or fourth. The nice part about being in the hospital is that everyone, including yourself, is focused 100% on getting YOUR health back to where it needs to be.
- Improvement: I am finding that I am feeling better much faster than when I do home IVs, but that is probably because I do my Vest 4x/day for 30 minutes plus percussion 4x/day for 20 minutes, and I bike 2-3x/day for 30 minutes. That is about 4 1/2 hours of airway clearance (not including nebs and meds) a day. There is no way I would get that type of therapy at home, but shhhh, don't tell my doc.