There comes a point in a long NICU stay when the nurses have said about six times that you’re the “most intensely committed parent” they’ve seen in a while, and you’re beginning to understand that this is not necessarily a compliment. Even though they’re trained to deal with frazzled parents, what this means is that they’d really appreciate it if you bathed and could say more than three sentences without one of them being “Oh my God!”
It might be time for a brief vacation from the NICU. Of course, at first glance, this idea sounds awful. How can you go have fun while your child is in intensive care, like you’re Nero fiddling while Rome burns?
But if your child stays in the NICU for a long time – ours was there 5 months – you will find that you don’t really have to be there every day… [Read the rest of this post on PreemieBabies101]
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