Carolyn Hax: She’s on bed rest, but is her husband helpless?


DEAR CAROLYN: My sister is 25 weeks pregnant and was just put on bed rest. She is able to work from home, and they don’t have any older children or pets.

My brother-in-law asked that we all come around when possible on lunch hours, nights, and weekends to help keep her company. Our aunt made a schedule for people to stop by complete with bringing meals.

I feel like I don’t understand this. My sister isn’t supposed to move around a lot, but my brother-in-law is surely capable of making dinner and doing laundry. I’m fine hanging out with my sister but doing it on a schedule just feels weird.

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Is this normal? It feels like everybody is freaking out but I Googled it and bed rest is super normal.

I Don’t Understand

DEAR DON’T UNDERSTAND: It’s not uncommon but it is extremely isolating, so scheduling visits might seem a little over the top but it makes a lot of sense. That way she doesn’t have five people dropping in for lunch on Tuesday followed by zero human contact besides her husband for the next 20 days.

It’s easy to look at the meal schedule also as …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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