Funny/happy NICU moments needed - page 8

:scrying: After a wonderful 6 months maternity leave home with my girls, I'm headed back to the NICU and I need some encouragement. Help me remember WHY I love my job despite the horrendous hours.... Read More

  1. by   EricJRN
    Happy moment: While your podmate is wrestling with an 8 1/2 lb kid who will not eat, your 1 kg baby (36 wkr, IUGR) takes 40 mL in 3 minutes, then refuses to let go of the nipple.
  2. by   Sweeper933
    Quote from EricEnfermero
    Happy moment: While your podmate is wrestling with an 8 1/2 lb kid who will not eat, your 1 kg baby (36 wkr, IUGR) takes 40 mL in 3 minutes, then refuses to let go of the nipple.
    This is why I (usually) love IUGR babies! They're so cute and little - and yet they're usually the smartest ones in the room!
  3. by   elizabells
    Only tangentially related to pt care, but:

    When your NM (who is normally a giant beast who you'd like to make a voodoo doll out of) comes in in the morning, sees that you look like he**, asks what your assignment was, blanches, and says you should have filled out a Protest of Assignment form. That was awesome. Almost made up for the previous 13 hours.
  4. by   Sweeper933
    I just visited with a former primary of mine - he was 23 6/7 and actually had a relatively "normal" NICU stay - he was able to go home at 44 weeks on room air and all bottle feeding! Anyway... he just turned 2 a month ago and visiting with him was so much fun. It was good to catch up with his parents and to see how well he is doing. They told me that they could always rest a little easier when they knew that I would be there for the night. That's one of the best feelings in the world!
  5. by   achieve08
    This is such a beautiful thread. I am a nursing student with a goal of working in peds in some capacity, and now I really want to give NICU serious consideration. As a mom myself, I was especially touched by the stories written here. Thank you for the "chicken soup for the soul!"
    acheive08
  6. by   mgalloLPN
    Thank you all for sharing these.
  7. by   KimblyRN
    one nurse was telling me a story of how back in the day when the Neos did circumcisions, and they used a board to strap down the arms and legs to prevent moving. One little boy somehow wiggled his arms free of the straps and reached up and grabbed the Neo by the hair (and he only had a small ring of hair left) pull his head down and then proceeded to pee in the Neos mouth. I nearly wet my pants when I heard the story and if I had been there I am sure I would have.
  8. by   SteveNNP
    I love it how preemies will give you a dirty look out of one eye, while having a gorilla grip on their ETT, as if to say, "Yeah, go ahead and stick my heel, and see what happens!!"
  9. by   Sweeper933
    Quote from SteveRN21
    I love it how preemies will give you a dirty look out of one eye, while having a gorilla grip on their ETT, as if to say, "Yeah, go ahead and stick my heel, and see what happens!!"
    Seriously!!!!
  10. by   pugmama
    I have really enjoyed reading this thread. It makes me realize that choosing to accept a position in the NICU is the right choice for me.
  11. by   preemieRNkate
    Quote from KimblyRN
    one nurse was telling me a story of how back in the day when the Neos did circumcisions, and they used a board to strap down the arms and legs to prevent moving. One little boy somehow wiggled his arms free of the straps and reached up and grabbed the Neo by the hair (and he only had a small ring of hair left) pull his head down and then proceeded to pee in the Neos mouth. I nearly wet my pants when I heard the story and if I had been there I am sure I would have.
    OMG, that is hysterical!
  12. by   preemieRNkate
    My very first primary is now 2.5 years old. He was a sick 27 weeker (spent time on HFOV, pressors, multiple transfusions, clinical NEC, impossible to get IV access on). I'm not sure how much 2.5 year olds are supposed to talk, but man, this kid seems smart! He carries on conversations, tells you all about what he did that day, what his older brother is up to, how much his baby sister cries. He is a funny little kid! I saw him last in September, before that in July. A few weeks ago his mom e-mailed me to tell me that everytime he sees someone with blond hair like mine, he says, "Mommy, is that Kate?"

    How great is that??
  13. by   erinsprincess
    I love all the points made! I especially love the two page letters thanking the doctors and RRTs, with a page and a half of it dedicated to thanking the nurses. Always makes me tear up, and makes it worth all the BS you had to put up with. Also makes you realize it does'nt go unnoticed.

    If all of those wonderful points dont work, just think about all the cookies and treats that parents bring in because they can't think of any other way to say thank you, then to make our scrubs seem tighter lol.

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