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Old 04-07-2012, 07:24 PM
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Default Baby Codes: taking a piece of my heart one code at a time.

Nothing is more disturbing than a child code most of all a baby. We had another one who actually coded when the parent put her on the gurney. Most arrive already gone from this world due to crib death or various sickness that occurred through the night. This was the first we have seen that coded in the ER. This poor little girl was a sick little thing. Had been on ECMO twice and had at least 6 surgeries. Not that would change how we would look at this patient. A baby code can seem to go on forever because everyone us working hard not to give up and trying everything we can think off.
I can keep it together when the code is going on but the worse part is when you know it?s time to tell the parents that there is no more hope. The look in a parents eyes is the most heart wrenching and heart breaking look. It?s hard to comfort someone that has lost a child when you as a nurse have never lost one. I don?t think I could ever be a labor and delivery nurse for fear of losing a baby. When the baby death is announced the crew is always full of tears and trying to keep it together to help support the parent. I can accept and adult death easier because I know they have lived some kind of life. But a baby?s life has just begun. I know God needs his little lambs but sometimes?.it feels so unfair.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:03 PM
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Oh, hun, I wish I had some glowing words of wisdom, but I struggle with this kind of thing myself. Thank heavens I don't have to see it firsthand, my job doesn't put me in contact with little ones.

You hold yourself together as best you can, take comfort in the things that you can trust and rely on, and pull yourself back to sanity to face another day. The world needs you.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:31 AM
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LDN I have a lump in my throat from reading your post. MDP stated it very well for you, I admire what you do as you do it so well.

Just remember at the end of the day to take a wee little time for yourself to grieve and regroup to do the job the next day.

I cannot even imagine how it would be sweet lady, I would most likely loose it myself. Sometimes life seems so very unfair but I guess we are not meant to know it all eh?
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:38 PM
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I know what that feels like LDN. I can hold it together till afterwards and then I must go find a place to cry. Dang it, I am doing that now.

Well said, MDP & Sabby.


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