We’re Having A Baby…But Will We Have A Hospital Bed In Amarillo?
My wife and I received some very surprising news about a month ago. We're expecting our third child, and she will be brought into the world this December.
We found out when she was roughly 22 weeks along, if you can believe that.
No, this was not planned. I'm 42, she's 37. We were done, happy with our two boys and watching them grow up. Yes, it's true. We had no idea! She wasn't showing, there were no "normal" pregnancy issues like morning sickness, cravings, etc. So to say "color us shocked"....is the understatement of the year.
However, we finally wrapped our heads around it. We've even picked out a name for her. We feel like we're a bit more caught up now. There is one thing though that is still bothering us.
When it comes time to welcome this little girl into the world, will we even have a bed at the hospital or are we going to get turned away? What do we even do if we are turned away?
Seems like a strange question, I agree. With COVID having its recent spike and hospitals either running short on beds or being completely out, it's a real question. I've heard stories of people being turned away and sent to another hospital because all their beds were used up with COVID patients.
See, we have an advantage in that this will be a scheduled delivery due to past pregnancy issues. That doesn't mean we can't be turned away though. COVID doesn't schedule when it's going to hit someone or go on a rampage. It just...happens.
Being in a new city, still learning it and growing comfortable with it, and then having an unexpected pregnancy has already thrown us way off. I don't know if I can handle getting a call or being turned away because there isn't a bed for my wife.
Has this happened to anyone you know? Let me know below, because I need something to ease my mind...or at least allow me to start planning for the possibility of it happening to us.