Some people ask me what it was like raising Silas as a baby, when we had to suction out his throat several times an hour and dump milk down his tube round the clock. So, if you're curious what it's like to care for a baby like Silas, I present to you today's list:
You know you've raised a medically-fragile baby if:
You know all the staff at the medical supply company by their voice.
You have rated each and every 24-hour care clinic within a 15-mile radius of your home.
You schedule your son's radiology appointments around your monthly cycle (just to be safe).
You know what day of the week it is by your child's therapy schedule.
You use years when referring to your next date night.
You use decades when referring to your next vacation.
You've woken up to an apnea monitor more times than you can count.
You've rated the local hospital cafeterias.
You understand the glory and beauty of Germ-X.
Your friends complain about their newborns waking up every three hours, and you feel murderously jealous.
You've never been offered an honorary nursing degree, but you know you deserve one.
Wishing love and strength to my friends who are daily loving their blessed little miracles! May God keep on giving you the strength and stamina you need to endure. As for the rest of you, pass this list on to someone you know. I bet they could add a few items of their own!
What about you? Do you have anything to add to this list?
Random fact: Silas has spent a total of 65 days in the hospital over three total visits.
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