I'm a Nursing student (finishing my first year right now)
and I love this message board. Some of the things I read scare the crap out of me, but the majority of it is encouraging and enlightening.
I was a preemie 25 years ago in San Francisco. Born at 28 weeks, at 2 lbs 6oz. (it just amazes me that this is huge compared to some of the babies that are surviving today) and I have no longterm health challenges related to being born early. I still have my scars from the blood samples drawn from the soles of my feet and a longer IV scar on the top of my right foot (my mom said I kept pulling the IV tube out of my head, so they put it in my foot). It's kind of silly of me, but I like my scars. They kind of motivate me when school and clinical seem a bit overwhelming.
So, I just wanted to thank all of you. I realize it's highly unlikely that any of the nurses who cared for me will see this, but I just wanted to let you know that the kids you care for do get reaaaally big, and do get better.