If you only watch one video online this entire week, watch this one!!
It's an AMAZING story that Jerry Hayes did last night on WHNT News 19. It's a day in the life of a NICU nurse at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. It's about the ups and downs these incredible nurses face on a daily basis.
We were in the NICU on the best day of our lives - the day we brought Ann Catherine home from the NICU after 68 days. We were also there on the worst day of our lives - the day Melissa died. Those nurses wrapped their arms around us during those dark days and the days after. As I would sit by Ann Catherine bedside on days that I was still grieving Melissa's death, they would listen, hug me, encourage me - they were just wonderful. So many people forget that NICU nurses are there on the absolute worst day of a person's life - the death of their child. They are human and they feel your pain, too. I am convinced that they are angels.
I must warn you, this story is a tearjerker. Chris and I cried as we watched it last night because it just brought back so many memories of Melissa's death. But it really does shed light on the amazing job these men and women do everyday. They really are unsung heroes - and anyone who has ever had a child in NICU can attest to that.
By the way, donations to the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund go to purchase the memory boxes they talk about in this story. I have blogged before about Melissa's box and how it's the only tangible reminder I have of her. If I didn't have that box with her personal items, I don't know what I would do. It is such a comfort to me on the hard days. It is, by far, the most inexpensive purchase made by Melissa's fund but the one that means the most to us because we know personally what those boxes mean to a mom and dad who have lost a child. So know that donations you make to Melissa's fund not only go to help premature babies, but also go to help those families who have lost their precious children.