I'm posting this anonymously to protect identities.
I took care of a mom strung up on meth tonight. she had just given birth and her baby was going through withdrawals. I walked over and saw the baby writhing in agony, going through withdrawals. I was told he was going down to the NICU to be monitored and weaned. I was polite and gave good care. I walked out of that room and had to go to the bathroom to be a little emotional. I then went about my job and continued to give care to my patients.
I can't get his little face out of my head. I'm pretty tough and knew I'd see this sort of thing eventually on that unit. I thought I was prepared.