Welcome to my NICU World

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  Dear Family and friends, I am so glad that you want to meet me. I know you are excited that I have arrived, and I am excited to meet you too, but please understand that because I was born early or that I need to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I have […]

This is the NICU

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  Tiny babies with shiny, translucent skin lay dependent on a wired world while a musical rhythm of monitors and machines fills the air. Here, dim dark corners are lined with incubators in a perfect pattern all adorned with nametags in an attempt to bring some normalcy and personality to the stark hospital world.

Sweet NICU Baby, I Ran for You

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  It’s with sad irony that I power up the treadmill in the gym exactly 24 hours after I started chest compressions on you. You were my first patient loss. Being new to the NICU (though not new to nursing), I know you won’t be my last. I forced myself down to the gym to […]

You Teach Me- Simple Life Lessons Learned from Preemies

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  Lying under radiant heat, hooked to machines, wires, and tubes; fine thin hair covers your small vulnerable body. You struggle for each breath you take. I look at you and marvel at your strength. Strength not measured by physical power, but by the power to persevere and overcome daily adversities.

Unwritten: Thoughts from a Bedside NICU Nurse

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  Darkness gave way to the blue lights glowing in the distance. The hum of the oxygen created a beautiful white noise that seemed almost hypnotizing. The room was surprisingly quiet. Typically the sounds are echoing off the walls but at this particularly moment I felt the peace within the space that sometimes gets lost […]