I am a geriatric nurse who recently delivered my first child, a son at 33 weeks, very unexpectedly. Sam spent 15 long days between the NICU and the CCU at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.. The nurses and ta's were all wonderful. It's one thing to feed or suction a geriatric patient through a NG tube, but to have one in my son was absolutely terrifying. IVs, CPAP... All situations and procedures I was familar with in older people came to haunt me as I thought of the associated complications, and in a preterm baby who was mine. I felt absolutely helpless, and Sam luckily was one of the healthier babies. He was 5lbs 1oz and had a relatively uncomplicated stay. The staff encouraged me in his care and made me feel capable and comfortable as a mother. The nurses were right, once all the leads and IVs were off, he was easier to care for. You NICU nurses are wonderful and are truly lifesavers I hope that you are well rewarded. I am forever grateful and in awe of the skills that you preform so expertly. thank you .....ps..occasionally I've observed my son having an extremely pale (ghostlike) episode: respirations normal, no cyanosis, occurring when he is sleeping. When I startle him I see the color come back to his face suddenly we have had this worked up and all tests wnl. Any suggestions??? Could it be reflux?? Keep up your wonderful work, we need you.