I never really realized how important nurses really are. My mom is a nurse, so I grew up with one. Then when my son was born I realized that these people were keeping my son alive. They tended to him no matter what. They were there for him when we couldn’t be. They made sure he ate, had a clean diaper and any medicine he needed.
NICU nurses take up a special place in my heart. I cannot tell them enough thank yous or do enough for them to show them how much they really mean to me. Every now and then we go up to the NICU and tell them hi and show them all the strides our preemie has made.
Our son’s nurses became like family. I’ll never forget them. I remember one specific day when Dusty was really struggling to learn to eat. He would stop breathing and turn blue. It’s scary. One of the nurses came over and told us that he will learn to eat it just takes time. The next day we came in and she was giving him a bottle and he was doing great! This really made us feel like everything was going to be all right.
Being a preemie parent can be scary, but these nurses help calm the situation. They bring comfort when all hope seems lost. They bring this light into a dark and scary situation. NICU nurses are awesome! These nurses go to work every day because it’s their job. But they go to work knowing every day the outcome could be different for every child that comes through that door. They have bad days, too, but they choose to focus on the good days because they have to give hope to the families that feel hopeless.
And they love on babies when their parents have to work or sleep, because let’s face it, at some point us parents have to go home to. They rock these little ones to sleep or hold their hands to comfort them. They are angels. So this week I want to say THANK YOU to all NICU nurses!
I hope this National Nurses Week you also take time to say thank you to your child’s nurses, whether you’re still in the NICU or you left it behind years ago.
Hope ya’ll have a great week!