Pregnancy Complications and a Heartless Hubby
Submitted by schulam
Before I start, I must preface this by stating that I love my husband. Now, with that out of the way ...
I am pregnant and due in about a month, but three weeks ago I went into preterm labor and the doctors put me on bed rest. It didn't really sound that bad at first. What pregnant woman doesn't need time to lie down and relax for a while? But as anyone who has been on bed rest knows, it gets old really fast.
Before it gets old, however, it's just plain scary. You know your baby is not developed enough to have an easy entry into the world and you spend your days praying that she can stay inside long enough to avoid all of the really terrible nightmare scenarios you have imagined. Even getting up to pee can be scary. I worried that I would sit on the toilet and she would pop out, and no one wants her baby to fall into a toilet!
That said, the worrying and boredom haven't been the worst parts of bed rest. My husband's absences are. Two days after my bed rest started, my husband went out of town for a weeklong business trip. He called my friends to tell them I might need help and somehow he seemed to think that was the same as staying home himself. Then he was home for two days before leaving again for his next business trip—and this time he left early so he could sightsee in Spain for three days before he had to work!
My husband is not a compassionate person and I knew that when we married. Every once in a while, however, I would like to feel like he wants to take care of me. With him away, I had a new worry. I started dreaming that I was going to delivery the baby while he was in Spain. Is it really too much to ask for him not to travel halfway around the world when I'm stuck on the couch and so close to labor?