Oliver was born 4.5 weeks early on May 12th, 2016. Our little “peanut” was born at 5 lbs 5 ounces and 18 inches long. He was immediately sent to the NICU for lack of oxygen. As I was recovering, the NICU nurses at the Norton Women’s and Children’s hospital took phenomenal care of Oliver.
My first visit to see Oliver and the nurses had decorated his own little cubby and welcomed our son in to the world. I will never forget the sacrifice they made to help my son. Oliver is 14 months old now and I still remember the day like it was yesterday. My hats are off to the ladies who took such great care of my family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dear NICU nurse;
Thank you for making Oliver’s room feel like home.
Thank you for your incredible intelligence in caring for premature infants.
Thank you for helping me learn how to hold my son and manage the wires that were all over his tiny body.
Thank you for keeping my chair right next to his cradle so I can continue to heal while holding his hand.
Thank you for telling me to give myself some rest so I can properly care for my son.
Thank you for answering my infinite amount of questions, I probably repeated myself with the amount of percocet I was on, but you continued to respond kindly.
Thank you for having faith in my family.
Thank you for limiting visitors so I could have privacy with my son.
Thank you for monitoring the night shift, I know a lot of you rotated, but you were able to check in on Oliver when I couldn’t.
Thank you for giving my husband and I updates and celebrating increase in weight for Oliver. It’s the little ounces that count!
Thank you for sacrificing time with your family, so you can help mine.
Thank you for sitting with me at 2am after I snuck out of my room and walked to the NICU (knowing I shouldn’t have done it alone) and offering infinite amounts of kleenex to wipe my tears.
Thank you for listening to me.
And above all, Thank you for your devoted time and effort in keeping my son alive. I owe everything to you, at a time when my husband was torn between being by my side and our sons. You were able to make sure Oliver felt at home and was taken care of.