… except maybe my niece. she’s pretty trustworthy.
really though. it’s a saying we hear pretty often in our line of work, especially when in the nicu. the point is this: taking care of a premature baby is unpredictable. one minute they’ll look great, and the next moment you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to figure out what’s wrong.
unfortunately, i learned the true meaning of that saying today. i arrived at 5:30 am to find out that my sick baby was still very sick, and my newest baby had all but fallen apart overnight. it was stressful for me, barely completing my notes and exams in time for rounds. but more than the stress, it’s hard to see my patients in such critical condition, wondering if they’ll make it. fortunately, at the end of today, i do have hope that they’re on their way to recovery. still, i’ll always have that fear that they might fall apart again. never trust a preemie.
the science and technology that helps these babies survive and grow is amazing (especially as i remember our preemies in ghana, where we didn’t have access to all these important technologies). but what’s even more amazing is how God created a woman’s body to perfectly nurture babies and help them grow over nine months, even better than any piece of technology we can create! his creation is awesome.