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February 24th, 2006, 02:35 PM
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Has anyone else been on bedrest at the hospital and been able to bring a laptop? They're letting me use mine, but I have a couple friends who weren't able to bring theirs when on extended bedrest (because of the medical equipment and such?) so I was just curious if anyone else has been able to do this or did I just get really lucky?

I am in a private room, and in an outside room of the hospital, so I'm guessing that's why? I was just thinking about it! It's random, I know!
(Sorry I'm just really bored)...ER is over and now I have not much to do until 5 PM! How are you all doing-and has anyone else been on extended bedrest like I am currently?
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February 24th, 2006, 02:39 PM
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Usually you aren't supposed to use cell phones in hospitals but that really is only crucial in heart areas and ICUs because they can interfere with that equipment. Hospitals are full of wireless signals so if laptops weren't allowed it was out of paranoia not fact. Most hospitals are even putting high speed internet access in rooms and at the least have loners that float from room to room. I know this from a 4 week hospital stay with my last pregnancy and that I work with hospitals with this very thing.
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February 24th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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Usually you aren't supposed to use cell phones in hospitals but that really is only crucial in heart areas and ICUs because they can interfere with that equipment. Hospitals are full of wireless signals so if laptops weren't allowed it was out of paranoia not fact. Most hospitals are even putting high speed internet access in rooms and at the least have loners that float from room to room. I know this from a 4 week hospital stay with my last pregnancy and that I work with hospitals with this very thing.[/b]
Thanks! That was good to hear! I thought at first (for some reason) that they wouldn't let me, but I'm so glad I asked! It's keeping me sane to be able to come on here and chat and all that. Good to know. Thanks for informing me!!! What is your job exactly? Like with a wireless company sort of job or the technical part of it? Sounds interesting! Thanks again for letting me know how it works.
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February 24th, 2006, 02:53 PM
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Well my job is project management and to sell the projects. I have a few hospitals in my area that I cover, one of which is the one I spent 4 weeks at and will probably end up at again thanks to this ######ed cervix of mine. I used to be technical and actually worked on implementing technology solutions (software aspect) but I hung that hat up, too much too keep up with as things changed!

Are you on high speed? Wireless or are you plugged into a jack? Last time I was in they didn't have high speed in the rooms yet so I used my cell phone as a modem, LOL. It wasn't a big deal because I wasn't near any critical areas and they didn't mind.

Why are you in? How long?
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February 27th, 2006, 05:26 PM
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Well my job is project management and to sell the projects. I have a few hospitals in my area that I cover, one of which is the one I spent 4 weeks at and will probably end up at again thanks to this ######ed cervix of mine. I used to be technical and actually worked on implementing technology solutions (software aspect) but I hung that hat up, too much too keep up with as things changed!

Are you on high speed? Wireless or are you plugged into a jack? Last time I was in they didn't have high speed in the rooms yet so I used my cell phone as a modem, LOL. It wasn't a big deal because I wasn't near any critical areas and they didn't mind.

Why are you in? How long?[/b]
OK-that's neat about your job! I didn't even know that there were people that worked on that! Anyone who's been on bedrest or in the hospital for an extended period of time should be worshipping you!

Thanks for the info too! I do have wireless (high speed I think, I'm not very bright in this area!), and it's really nice not having to deal with all the cords and things. I'm in here pretty much because of pre-term labor and preeclampsia. I started having contractions in January at 22 weeks and was admitted then and then released that week, I've been in a couple weeks now just because they want me completely immobile, want me monitered, and have me on a bunch of meds. That's the short version! And I'll probably be in here until they're born, seeing as they probably won't stay in much longer. We're just watching and waiting at this point.
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February 27th, 2006, 05:53 PM
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The hospital I stayed in allowed laptops and cell phones. Thank goodness because otherwise I would have been so bored. I had a roommate for the month I was there. Good luck.
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February 27th, 2006, 06:01 PM
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The hospital I stayed in allowed laptops and cell phones. Thank goodness because otherwise I would have been so bored. I had a roommate for the month I was there. Good luck.[/b]
The hospital I'm in allows laptops also-it's been a lifesaver, honestly. Can't you tell how bored I am? I've been on here for about 2 hours! JM is keeping me sane. And I'm kind of glad I have a private room, but sometimes I wish I had a roommate! Thanks for the well wishes!
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