No Visitors Allowed!

No Visitors Allowed!

There are some nasty bugs floating around and we are getting into flu season, a scary time for family members of children with weakened immune systems or frequent hospital visits. We gave some easy reminders on how to keep the bugs away but what if you do get stuck in the hospital? Early season on the flu and these crazy bugs means that hospitals are already enforcing strict visiting hours and rules. Local to me we see that children who are hospitalized cannot have any visitors under the age of 12. Also – What happened when a parent has long work hours that keep them away until after visiting hours are over? These restrictions happen all over the country with the hospitals citing visitors bring bugs in and out of the hospital but is that really the case? And does the harm that can be done outweigh all the good? One example of a case where this rule works against a family happened recently. There is a parent in one of my support groups who had a child that was hospitalized with a nasty virus and she was really struggling because of the recent rule change about visitors in the hospital. The reason? She was nursing a younger sibling who was not allowed in the hospital. What does this mom do? Does she stay away from the child she is nursing or the child who needs her support in the hospital? In this case the family was exposed to the bug prior to admittance. I have personal experience where these rules hurt my family. My twins were born at...
Love the Patient

Love the Patient

This is a continuation of a small talk I gave at a nurses’s residency training last week. For part one, click here. After letting the nurses know that it was important to us for them to love the parents, I wanted talk about and share examples of is loving the patient. Oh sure, nurses know these things, even people who aren’t nurses can tell you that you are a better nurse if you care about the patients. But I mean really caring about them. And I will share an example of when I saw this in action. When Dylan was in patient for surgery on her spine we noticed that every time she was out of her bed and in our arms her nurse would come and mess with her bedding. She was always turning, fluffing and changing things. Frequently she would comment about the new cute blanket she found to put on her bed and she would make things all nice and neat before she left. After seeing her do all this fussing for a day or two I finally asked her about it. I told her no one messed with Dylan’s bed like she did and inquired as to what she was doing all these time. I was nice of course, just curious! She told me that everyone likes to turn their pillow over to the fresh side and everyone LOVES clean sheets! So this is something that she always does for her patients that can’t do it for themselves. My heart burst. At only 9 months old, this nurse was treating my baby like she was...