Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Faceless, nameless doctors would come and go, giving us sometimes confusing information that would be promptly explained or further investigated as needed by our heroic nurses. They would speak to us, clearly, calmly, and in layman's terms. They would make time to answer the barrage of questions. Knowledgeable and understanding, the nurses are the best of what Penn State Milton Hershey has to offer.
You can't understand until you have been there, what relief there is in knowing that there are people looking out for you during this scary time. Smiling faces that appear in your doorway asking, "Is there anything I can get for you, Mom?" Sounding boards who will listen to your concerns and tell you what they would do it were there own loved one in the situation. Hopefully most readers will never have to know this first hand, but as a new member of this new club I feel it is my duty to share what I have learned.
But I was wrong.
We were the lucky ones. We left with our baby, alive and healthy, no worse for the wear excepting a few bruises, needle sticks and some medical tape residue.
The same is certainly not true for the other mothers, fathers and families who have frequented Penn STate Milton Hershey Children's Hospital. And so I will do my best to give back, in every way that I can. After speaking with Deb Stegall from Ronald McDonal House Charaites of Central PA I learned that along with travel sized toiletries and individually packaged snacks, gift cards to various vendors are very helpful.
For my part, I will be donating items from the wish list and adding some extras. Things like gift cards to Radio Shack so that parents can purchase cell phone chargers if needed, and some oversized soft cozy socks, to keep tired feet warm when walking on the cold hospital floor during the long nights.
And when I can, I will give of my time to volunteer in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. I will give back to those who gave to me in my time of need.
I urge you, dear readers, to do the same. Life is unpredicable and in the blink of an eye you could be in this club too.
Brewed by Erin Robell at 1/10/2012 08:18:00 PM