This one is for the preemie parents
You know you’ve spent too much time in the NICU when…
- In your head, you can get really close when converting grams to pounds.
- You see a four pound (~1.8 Kilos) baby and think it looks nice sized.
- You see an eight pound (~3.6 kilos) baby and think it must be 6 months old.
- You can tell how sick a baby is just by their placement in the nursery.
- You silence your baby’s alarm and the nursing staff doesn’t mind / is appreciative for the help.
- You have pumped while having a conversation with a doctor and don’t think it’s all that weird.
- You know what each of these acronyms mean and they flow off your tongue like it’s normal language: CBG, CPAP, CRP, IUGR, IVH, NEC, NG, NNP, NPO, OG, PVL, PDA, PICC, PEEP, ROP, RT, TPN.
- You know who is going to be working before you arrive at the hospital because you’ve figured out the nurses schedules.
- The staff feels like friends you’ve known forever.
- You would rather you, than staff, hold your baby down for procedures.
- You request specific nurses for blood draws and IV insertions.
- You have a panic attack if you can’t find your phone.
- You heart stops every time you hear the phone ring.
- You stop breathing when you see it’s the hospital that is calling.
- You immediately know the seriousness of the call based on who’s making it (Nurse, Resident, Attending)
- When your baby stops breathing for a couple of seconds you calmly rub their back and don’t think it’s that big of a deal
- The “bing, bing, bing” reminding you that your car keys are in the ignition causes your hand to reflexively find a monitor to silence.
What do you have to add?