There has been a lot in the news these past few months which reminded me of our daughter, Olivia who 5 years ago was born dangerously premature at 28 weeks. The news along with family conversation has reminded me how extremely thankful we were, and are for the NHS doctors & nurses who fought to save her life.
The doctors and nurses probably have no idea how much they mean to us, or how they will always hold a very special place in our hearts. The love, respect, and admiration that we have for them can compete with no one.
Not only did they care for our baby they cared for us, the night I delivered Olivia a nurse comforted me whilst I cried. She sat with me until I fell asleep and for that, I'm so thankful.
They took care of our baby, when we, her parents didn’t know how. We didn’t know how to change her nappy without moving her lines. We didn’t know what medication went where, or how to run the machines that were keeping her alive.
We tried our best, we really did. But she was so sick, and we were so scared. We were thrust into the NICU less than 36 hours after her surprise early delivery. The first time we saw our baby she was in an incubator and hooked up to more machines than we could count. The environment was intimidating, to say the least.
The nurses told us how we could touch her without stimulating her too much. They had tissues ready because they knew that we would cry. They encouraged us to interact with her even though they knew we were frightened.
We never felt more like her parents than at those times.
They thoughtfully began a collection of personal items, we treasured her heart monitor leads and her first tiny dummy. Starting a diary of her progress for us to read. Answering every single question we asked.
Doctors and nurses of the NHS gave her, and us, every piece of their strength, day in and day out, for weeks. Fighting with all their power and more to keep her alive.
‘Thank You’ isn’t enough, but it’s all we have to give. The NHS doctors and nurses were, and still are amazing, and do things no one else can.