ABC's of Preemie Parents
Alive! She is Alive!
Breathing! She is breating on her own! No more concentrators and tubes snaking throughout the house!!
Crying! Such a wondeful sound after months of silence.
Dreams are shattered, but are steadily being rebuilt.
Emotions - sometimes they all overpower you at one time, sometimes they come alone - but they always affect you as a parent, a spouse, a lover, a sufferer.
Freaking out about so much information to process; Forever changed.
God, where are you? Please help those who seek God and those who think they are god.
HELP! Sometimes that is by friends being near; sometimes by keeping a distance (especially when ill).
I don't know - sometimes the most truthful words your doctor can tell you about the future.
Joy - note the joyful times for strength in the tough times.
Keep your hands off! A compromised baby's system can't handle unwashed hands.
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Misunderstood - so many have no comprenhension of what you are going through.
Name! My child has a name!! Please believe in her enough to call her by name in those first few hours..
Opinions - everyone has one about the best thing to do, but we must live with the consequences of our actions taken while listening to that opinion.
Public places can be a challenge when toting a tiny baby, tanks, monitors, and other equipment of preemiedom.
Quietness - such an interesting concept after spending months in an NICU full of alarms going off!
Reality versus Hope - a delicate balance - but NOT mutually exclusive of one another.
Statistics - they always measure the past and never accurately describe my child which lives here in the present.
Trust your decisions at the time; what you know will always change in the future.
Uncertainty - believe in the best for your child and yourself.
Vacation? Where's the vacuum cleaner and mop?
What if? If only... but time waits for no one.
Marks the spot where the central line once was.
Your health - guard it - take care of yourself as well..
ZZZZZZ you long for them, but your preemie rations them...
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