May 14, 2010

A Place of Miracles

Over the past few months, I have shared with you my passion for 'salvaged' designs, but today I would like to share with you the everyday reality of the world I live with the little preemies. There have been sad days but also countless days of jubilation. Overall, I find it rewarding to think that there can be a future waiting for them...but my heart goes out to those who won't... and until you see their little hands and feet nestled on the palm of your hand, you will know a miracle just happened and the rewarding responsibilities that follow. This is my job and my other passion...

30 comments:

the gardeners cottage said...

dearest mary ann,

i have tears in my eyes as i type. my mother was an rn for 45 years so this touches my heart deeply. she passed away 5 years ago but i remember the dedication she had to her job. she was not a neo nurse but an emergency room nurse. i admire and respect your profession so much. thanks for sharing.

~janet

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Oh my!
I deeply admire you and other people like you, you do a wonderful job and I am sure you're such a wonderful girl!
Thanks for sharing these touching video.
Fra

Debby Lee said...

Mary Ann, You are a saint, girl. What a deeply moving video, I am all choked up over here. I feel for the parents who can't take their newborn home and the weeks or months of worrying they have to endure. xo

Becca said...

Hi MaryAnn, what a great post! I'm a certified surgical tech & find it difficult to work in surgery when we have a pediatric case, I can only imagine what you go through in the NICU! Thank you for sharing this video. Have a great weekend!

It's me said...

Hi Mary Ann, what a great post!...........is this you job??? gosh..........i'am impressed !!

Happy weekend thanks for share..........hugs from Ria

Andrea said...

Wow, I am speechless. It is such a sad subject and one of the things that we don't think about or like to think about. I have much respect for people like you who are able to love and care for these misfortunate babies.

kim said...

What an awesome job you have. I am sure it is very rewarding when a baby gets to go home and difficult when they don't. I use to work as a receptionist and a gazillion other jobs for a large pediatric group and it was so much fun seeing newborns and young children and then some that were born with many problems, but they carried on. Thanks for sharing this video. Loved the music!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

What a beautiful video. It is amazing how tiny a baby can be and thank goodness there are people like you who know how to care for them. I always think that nurses are special human beings and your job really requires you to be extra special. Your job has to be so emotional and overwhelmingly rewarding!

Hampton said...

I bow to you!! What an incredible job-as a mother it must be so rewarding to be helping those little angels. It takes an extra-special person and you certainly fit the bill! Have a lovely weekend Mary Ann! xxBarbara

OneCraftyFox said...

Wow!! You must have a wonderful and kind heart...

CalicoCat said...

Hi Ann, You're the best! I'm blessed to know someone like you, so compassionate, intelligent and very creative. You're one strong woman with a big, big heart!!!

Les Cotrions said...

What a touching post Mary Ann! These images are wonderful and those little babies are so tender and fragile! You have a very interesting job...you work with miracles everyday, but...I understand it can be diffucult sometimes!
A nice week end to you!
Vale

Miss Janice said...

Bless your heart! YOU are an angel. I cannot imagine how parents must fret over their newborn baby in this situation.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, Happy Nurses' Week to you! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you guys do, I know it can be a thankless job.

Razmataz said...

Wow, that is moving. I think the medical world is so amazing and we are so lucky here in this part of the world to have such great science and people like you and facilities to care for these babies.

Tina said...

Mary Ann~ I am sitting here in tears. I imagine you hear this all the time, but our eldest daughter Isabella was premature and had IUGR. She was so tiny that she fitted in my husband's hand. We will always be forever grateful to the NICU staff at the Sydney hospital where she was born for the almost unbelievable job they did in keeping her alive. She is now 14 yrs old and only a couple of lifelong issues remain from her being born so tiny...Not a day goes by that my husband and I don't think about the medical staff and the amazing job they did. You are an amazing woman Mary Ann, you should be so proud of the job you do. I for one am in awe of you. On those difficult days that you inevitably encounter, please know that there are so many people who would love to be there to hug you - I would certainly be one of them. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

you are an inspiration in more ways than one. my heart goes out to you and to each and every one of the little ones you support.

Mara said...

Hi dear Mary Ann, you have to be a very strong and sweet girl for doing such a demanding job. Thank you for sharing this video, it made me cry. Have a wonderful day!
Hugs!
Mara

The Zhush said...

Mary Ann! You are a hero, an angel! My children were never in the NICU, but many of my friends and some family were, fortunately we all have only the happiest of stories. RN's are some of my favorite people in the whole world...NICU RNs take that to a whole other level. Thank you for sharing this here.
xo
Sue

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

They are so very lucky to have you taking care of them! You are such a sweetie.
Brenda

The Shiny Pebble said...

you are an amazing woman. i love how you feel resposible for taking care of teh miracle that just happened. you are an angel to these families... another miracle working in their lives.

Millie said...

NICU nurses are one awesome group! Happy World Nurse's Day to you dear Mary Ann.
Millie ^_^

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I have former neighbor and (still) friend who is a nurse in neonatal icu. Don't know how you guys do it, but so thankful for all you do! Enjoyed my first visit to your blog - will be following!

Kendall said...

Wow! You must have the patience and kindness of a saint. It takes a special kind of person to have such a serious job.

You are very sweet to have become a follower of my blog. I appreciate it! I will absolutely be checking in on yours often:)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh my oh my, Mary Ann, in tears I watched that clip. You do such a fantastic job, I know I couldn't do it. Would be in tears all the time. These tiny tiny sweethearts, fighting. Deeply, deeply admiring you.

Do have a wonderful, magical new week, my friend. xx

Casa Bella said...

Oh, what a moving post. I'm so glad I found your post. Sometimes, we need to be reminded of things like this so we don't take life for granted. Thanks, for following my blog, darling. I'm now following yours. I'll be back often.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

wow, now that is the most amazing thing i've seen in a long time. I think the work you do is amazing, and as a mum, i know just how much people rely on you in such a dreadfully stressful and painful point in their lives. good on you for doing such an important thing! amazing!!

Pemberley said...

Mary Ann I am not worthy to scrub your toilet! You are in my prayers to carry on doing this amazing and important job. Ok I need to go blow my nose and get another box of tissues. You're awesome!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Thank you for doing something so very important, it takes a special person to do what you do!
Our daughter was 7 weeks early. It was a very scary time for us but we were very lucky, our 4 year old is healthy and perfect.

Donna D said...

Oh MaryAnn,

Oh my, that was hard to watch. I am the mother of a 25-weeker who weighed 1 lb, 12 oz...and we lived that. I can't even begin to say how much the nurses meant to us, they were family to us and even came home to take care of my daughter at home. Our daughter has been through so much (liver cancer, intellectual disabilities, etc) but is now 26 and has taught me so much...so, so much.

Hugs to you,
Donna

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