Monday, April 14, 2014

Gratitude - Part I

For the past couple of months, many people have reached out to us with overwhelming kindness.  I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the kindness and love that has been shown to us.  In the interest of brevity, I am going to split my gratitude posts into a few installments.

First I would like to thank the many medical professionals who have made life-saving decisions for both Joshua and I.  Between the two of us, we have been cared for by obstetricians, perinatologists, neonatologists, nurse practitioners, radiologists, and occupational therapists.  Their commitment and passion for their work has really blessed our family.

Really, I have to give a huge shout out to the nurses.  It was a nurse who first heeded the warning signs that I might have preeclampsia.  Nurses monitor Joshua 24 hours a day.  Nurses cried with me and were patient with me every time I reacted to news I was not happy to hear.  They remain composed in the NICU and are helpful and friendly.  We've gotten to know many of them quite well and they are just great people.  

Then there's the BYU MBA program.  For those of you who don't know Jerry has been working on his MBA at BYU for the past couple years.  He'll finish in a week or so.  We are so privileged to be a part of this community.  The students in the MBA program have been amazing to us.  The morning of Joshua's birth many of the students were gathered together joking around and having fun.  When they heard the news our family and another family that was experiencing a life-threatening trial, they immediately stopped what they were doing to pray for us.  Prayers for our family continued throughout the week.

The MBA Spouses Association and MBA students organized a donation drive for us.  One of my good friends who helped me a ton especially while I was in the hospital took charge of the organization.  Jerry came home one evening with a small garbage bag of donations.  I was delighted.  What I didn't know is that was just the beginning.  My friend showed up with a car full of diapers, wipes, clothes, and blankets for us.  Other students have brought us meals, diapers, chocolates and good company.  Nothing I can do will properly demonstrate my gratitude. 


Laura said...

I wanted to bring home the NICU nurses so badly. They were amazing - not only with my preemie, but with me. I think they get special "how to deal with terrified mothers" training.

I'm so glad you have so many people who have been able to help rally. I think we're all healthy this week, so I'll give it a few days but hopefully I can make a trip down soon! That first picture of Joshua made me cry - so, so precious.

Also, your NICU Dreams post brought back serious (bad) memories of (bad) dreams. They get better!

Hannah said...

Joshua looks amazing. He is so adorable. I am so glad to hear that you are getting so much help. It is wonderful. I wish we lived near you, so I could lend a hand. I will keep praying for you guys. You are in my thoughts and on my mind. I love your blog posts. Thank you for sharing your journey.