August 19, 2007
The last eight months have been a complete blur, even more so than the supposed 5 years I spent in Mt. Pleasant "studying". This last winter, we just rolled with the punches of the NICU and tried digest the daily news as best we could. What seems so strange now is, that for the most part, I don't remember it. I think that the experience was so painful that I blocked the vast majority of it out. I remember the faces of the doctors and nurses, the procedures, and the really, really bad news. I remember that I got off the elevator at floor 3, took a left, then a left, then a right. I remember praying in the chapel each day asking God to heal our babies. But that's about it.
Last Saturday, we attended the NICU reunion at St. Joseph Mercy. It was yet another one of those surreal experiences. Despite the fact that the NICU was such a horrible time, the doctors and nurses who took care of our babies are among the faces I enjoy seeing the most. It was awesome to see everyone outside the hospital in a social setting. I know that it's cliche to say that these people are sent from heaven, but there is no disputing that they are a very, very special breed. We ran into other families that were in the NICU at the same time we were, and even some familiar faces from the multiples picnic a couple of months ago. Everyone was out in the sun, eating snow cones and having a good time. Not so much reminiscing about how bad things were, but how things are now and how life is a miracle. Parents who have spent time in the NICU have a certain connection. It's like a club that nobody really wants to be a part of, but we are. Nevertheless, the reunion was filled with some of the most grounded people I have ever met. Maybe it's because they can relate.
In other news, physical therapy paid us another visit yesterday. Apparently, Pam told us that our babies are doing phenomenal. Not just ok, or good, but fantastic! She reminded us how lucky we really are, especially that Niklas is doing as well as he is. I couldn't be happier with these little miracles, and they continue to amaze me every day.
Posted by Jason R. Myers