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Answer by FDNYwife at 8:28 AM on Jul. 23, 2010
My DD spent months in the NICU when she was born; I remember all too well and completely understand what you are going through ... my prayers are with you. Please know it's OK to allow yourself your emotions - cry, scream, whatever. Secondly, you need to be "in the moment" when talking with the doctors/nurses because you really need to hear what they say. Do you visit daily? I remember being so overwhelmed and emotionally checked out because I could only believe that she wouldn't make it and I did not want to get emotionally attached; still I forced myself everyday and she became the fight of my life. Most importantly, make sure you have a support system (family, friends, counselors, etc.) and don't be afraid to lean on them for anything you might need; your main focus has to be your baby. You will get through this. Hugs.
Answer by FootballMom85 at 8:29 AM on Jul. 23, 2010
I would stay at the hospital 24/7. The longest any of my babies has been hospitalized is 3 weeks and I stayed the whole time. If you aren't there then you can't be sure you aren't there if something goes wrong.
My 3 children have a rare genetic disease that wasn't diagnosed until after the 3rd was born. With the first 2 we just didn't know why they had weird health things going on. Now my 22 mo grandson has the same disease. My children were inpatients and outpatients at a famous children's hospital for 20 years and now I'm doing it again with my grandson. My best advice to moms is to always be there and make sure your baby always gets your milk and breastfeed.
Answer by Gailll at 10:22 AM on Jul. 23, 2010
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