Sunday, August 12, 2012

St. John's Miracle...

For those that don't know, Emma is a St John's miracle from the beginning of her journey to the present day. Most of her specialists are here in Springfield. She was born at St John's Children's Hospital on February 14th, 2012. She was taken to St John's the day of her cardiac arrest, March 27th 2012... We were at the Olive Garden where an off duty NICU nurse (who works at St Johns) was eating her lunch! ... They have been her guardian angels in and out of the hospital! :) .... ( Praise God!)

There are so many people who overlook our phenomenal children's hospital we have right here in Springfield, Illinois. I, speaking from personal experience, have watched this P.I.C.U. Staff perform to the best of their ability day in and day out. There is not one staff member sitting around on the Pediatric Unit. The staff works as a TEAM. That is what makes them such a successful team. Spending more time than most families, I have plenty of time to get to know the staff. Its hard for me to refer to them as 'staff'. To my family and I, these are not just nurses and doctors. . This is our PICU family. Any one of them who have cared for Emma will tell you the same. All through medical school (any field of expertise) they tell you... 100% professional- There's no room to let your emotions get the best of you. You cannot let you personal side interfere with your professional side. This is true, however, we are only human. You can only watch a Mother and Father cry in fear so many times before you bow your head and thank God you have healthy children. You can only tell the parents "things will be okay" so many times without wondering... "Is it really going to be okay?" ... Emma is not just a patient to the St John's PICU. She is family. The nurses know all her tricks and the doctors all know to whisper, "I'm going home.." and never say "See you in the morning Emma" because she will be sure that they have to get out of bed in the middle of the night.

We have such an amazing Children's Hospital right here in Springfield. If it weren't for our amazing PICU family, Emma would be a guardian angel looking down from heaven. Not only is it the best medical care possible for our daughter. When I need to go on a walk, need someone to talk to, or even a shoulder to cry on- they are there. I know it seems unreal but the comfort I feel here is indescribable. God put Emma in the best hands possible. I love our PICU family so much!

Thank you all for everything you do for our family and for Emma. Emma will be in the upcoming St John's magazine and I will be sure to share the article with all of you!

Please continue to pray for this amazing medical staff and all the daily struggles they face. It takes extremely skilled nurses to work up here and I praise them for the strength, I dont know how they do it but Im thankful to have them in my life.

....<3 Bloggin' from the PICU.. :) ....

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