For those of you who have sent thank-you gifts to the staff at the NBICU, or who work in highly sensitive areas of a hospital: what is an appropriate item to send? My daughter recently spent her first 2 1/2 weeks in the NBICU at the U of U hospital here in Utah. The nurses were amazing, they really were, and I was very happy with how she was taken care of.
I want to send something as a thank you to all those hardworking men and women who spend their days taking care of the most fragile of our species, and especially of my own daughter who had a partially collapsed lung when she was life flown into their hands. My problem is, I don't know what would and would not be safe.
For instance, would flowers be OK, or would the risk of allergy being carried into the stable environment with the babies on nurses clothes make it a no-no? Is a card enough, with a picture of my daughter? Could I maybe send some mini-muffins to sit on the front desk (lol)? How about a teddy bear with a card and picture, so that the bear can maybe be donated or something similar?
What do you think would be safest, while still showing that I am truly grateful for their effort and care?
Oh, and just so you know, there is one nurse to every two babies. They work 3 12 hour shifts a week with the infants, and switch off every week, sometimes rounding back, sometimes not, so this would be for a number of nurses, as well as the NNP's, the receptionists, the neonatologists, and the wonderful volunteers who go up to hold and feed the babies during the nurses chart times.
OK, so I was looking at gift basket prices, and OH MAMA! About $100.00 including shipping for a large fruit and candy basket. So what I am thinking I am going to do is my hubby and I will be creating out own gift basket to say thanks, with fruit, wrapped candies, and other little treats. That way we can save money, but still offer something larger then what we could get online. We are also going to put together a large card with Eli's picture, and her handprint, with a thank you note. Then we can just deliver it ourselves.
Thank you for all the tips, you mamas have been a huge help!