A difficult beginning: The NICU in pictures.

I’ve mentioned before okay, plenty of times that my daughter’s 2nd BIRTHDAY!! is coming up and I felt like reminiscing. I’m currently writing about our NICU experience. I don’t think I’ll necessarily get closure from it but I still harbor so much anxiety and anger from the ordeal because we had very little communication with any of the doctors while she was in the hospital and I know writing can help.

I also want to write about the birth of the little hummingbird for the same reason but that might take more time. For now I’ll just say that it left me feeling like I had absolutely no say over my body and the doctors I dealt with gave me little, if any, information about what was going on during my labor and when it came to several medical interventions.

I’ve read about birth trauma and while some doctors I saw afterwards might think it’s bullshit, I believe that’s what I went through and still continue to deal with. Since it’s taking longer than I expected to write about the NICU because a lot of emotions have come flooding back from that and my birth experience, I thought I would share some pictures.

The hummingbird actually had a tooth when she was born and sure did know how to use it when I tried to breastfeed her.

They didn't discover that she had low blood sugar until a day after she was born. This is the first time that we saw her after she was rushed to the NICU.

The poor hummingbird was so swollen because of her I.V. meds. I wanted more than anything to break her out of the NICU and bring her home.

After spending so much time at the hospital, we would come up with ways to have fun.

Rockin' the mohawk!

Finally going home after 3 weeks. Yay!

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4 Responses to A difficult beginning: The NICU in pictures.

  1. Alexandra March 8, 2011 at 08:38 #

    You’ve given me alot to think about.

    I/We had birth trauma. I KNOW this is what caused my PPD.

    The lack of communication, not seeing my child from Mon to Wens, the NICU…and then the poopoo of it all, like “whatever.”

    I want to write about it. I’ll watch you first.

    And I agree with you. I want to write it all down, so I can lay it to rest. And move forward.

    • Elle March 17, 2011 at 19:16 #

      I know doctors deal with these kinds of things daily but I wish they would realize that it’s not something patients or their parents are used to. It would be nice if doctors would act accordingly.

  2. Leighann March 9, 2011 at 05:23 #

    These pictures are so touching.
    I want to reach through the screen and pull her into my arms.
    I can’t even begin to imagine how you felt during those weeks.
    Beautifully done.

    • Elle March 17, 2011 at 19:16 #

      Thank you…

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