Maintaining Sanity On Lockdown

RSV season is just around the corner for us. Surpisingly, we do not dread the “lock down” required to keep our baby’s lungs healthy (RSV 101 can be found here). Last year, we managed to have a good time while keeping Charlie healthy.

sledteam1Charlie came home from the NICU shortly before RSV season. At a pediatrician’s appointment, I bombarded the doctor with questions about safe activities during RSV season. I asked if it was OK to take her outside. What temperature was too cold? How should I dress her? I rattled off ideas and strategies. Some things were encouraged while others rejected. I asked questions until I understood the rules, limitations, and health concerns of RSV season.

It was not easy at first. But, we managed to have fun while remaining with in the recommended guidelines.

We tapped into our creativity and tried new adventures. The internet and tourism literature is full of ideas. Basically, we went places where other people were not. For example, we looked for locations in the “off season”. By employing this strategy, we discovered our state parks system.  In addition, we embarked on scenic drives, road trips, or hikes.

We became masters at problem solving. Anytime we encountered an obstacle, we figured out a way to overcome it. We stocked bottles of sanitizer and disinfecting wipes everywhere (in the stroller, in our bags, in the car, in the diaper bag, in our pockets). We purchased a jogging stroller to which our infant seat attached and became quite adept at pushing it up and down mountain trails. We figured out how to sterilize bottles and boil water while out on the road.  We devised plans for dealing with every worse can scenario we could imagine. sled team_edited

The idea of leaving our sterile home seemed a little overwhelming at first. We started small. We went apple picking forty minutes away. Our adventures grew as did our confidence. For us, the hassles of adventuring with a former preemie outweighed the boredom of locking ourselves up at home. Looking back, I realize that we had created some really nice memories while maintaining our sanity.

I have begun collecting ideas and constructing plans to keep us busy during this year’s season. I want more than for us just to get through it. Once again, I would like for us to have a blast doing it.

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About Rebecca Wood

In May 2012, my pregnancy ended three and a half months early due to severe early onset preeclampsia. This is my collection of thoughts and media. It is an attempt to document and discuss our experience of navigating the post NICU world. View all posts by Rebecca Wood

6 responses to “Maintaining Sanity On Lockdown

  • Jax Mully

    I’m planning a post about this, soon, too. It sounds like you have a lot of good ideas to stay busy and safe. Where do you live? We’re in Minnesota so we often get many, many days below zero. That makes its difficult to enjoy time outside! The walls will be closing in on us on those days!

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  • Newmom

    Did Charlie get the synagis shots also? Robert got those and I believe it helped. This year he won’t qualify for them, and we will have a newborn in the house starting mid Dec soooo the RSV isolation will start again soon for us. I actually can’t believe how many people take their newborns or 1-3 months to Target etc. during flu season. Even for full term babies RSV is SO dangerous. Which is why (God willing) our full term baby will be on lockdown just as much as Robert was this coming flu season.

    ps. We still keep a “sterile” home haha. Year round baby! NICU made us nuts. We hand sanitize, wipe carts/high chairs down too when we go out. It works though.

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