I complain a lot about our home care nurses. However, in light of it being nurses week, I wanted to say thank you to all the nurses who have taken care of Zadie over the last 11+ months and have therefore helped us out immensely.
The nurses in the NICU were amazing. We had no idea what to expect, and were kind of flying by the seat of our pants in the early days, and we were lucky to have all of those wonderful ladies. One nurse allowed us to bring Jonathan in briefly so he could see his baby sister, even though it was against the rules. Two nurses, Veronica and Patty, requested to be Zadie's primary nurses, meaning that they were assigned to her anytime they worked. We became very close with them, and still are in contact with them. I could name many more nurses who spent time with Zadie and treated her like she was their own babies during those ten long weeks. We had to trust them to take care of her, and they made it easy.
As soon as we arrived home from the hospital, there were four nurses plus the director of nursing from our home care agency waiting for us. It was hard to get used to, and in a lot of ways, I'm still not used to having other people in our house. But, these women allowed us to get sleep at night and get comfortable with taking care of Zadie at home. We're old pros now, but in the beginning, we definitely needed the help.
We also know a lot of nurses and nurses-to-be in our personal life. Zadie's godmother and cousin, Stevi, will be getting pinned this month and Zadie will be at her commencement, cheering her on.
Thank you to all the nurses who have helped Zadie and us on this journey! I hope for many reasons that she will not require private duty nursing much longer, but while she does, I'm grateful to have them.