Wednesday, June 11, 2008

my day...

started out as a typical no school kinda day. We slept in a whole 30 minutes longer than usual. We did our usual morning routine and then I took Brinley out to swing in the yard. That's when I got a call from Chaplain Michelle at Sacred Heart. She had 2 babies, different families, that needed pictures done today. My schedule was pretty open and my awesome sister, Julie, took Brinley for the day. Needless the say, I spent most of my day at the hospital with these families and helped the mom that I took pictures for last week (she had her baby over the weekend) move over to the Ronald McDonald House.
The first of the babies was in the NICU. She was just born to early (23 weeks) and had some bleeding. Sweet little thing. We took pictures and then the parents took her off life support. After they said their goodbyes, I got a few more shots without the tubes. Chaplain Michelle, a nurse, and I stayed with her while she passed away. Beautiful little girl.
I then met with mom from last week. I will be going back to take pictures of her baby, which is doing very well, this Friday. I am so glad I got her belly pictures when we did. Her daughter is quarantined for 48 hours from other babies and pregnant woman, so I couldn't see her today.
I had a few hours before the next family delivered their babies, so I was able to have lunch with Matt at his work, which is really convenient since he works about 3 blocks from Sacred Heart Hospital.
I got a phone call from one of the nurses telling me that the family was ready for me. Her voice sounded familiar...it was my nurse from when I delivered Brinley, she is from Scotland and I LOVED having her as my nurse. She happened to be this families nurse also. The nurses were in the middle of a shift change and Heather Roberts, from Forget Me Not, was there to take over. We met the family and their sweet little boy (25 weeks old). He is a twin, his sister was in the NICU and doing good. This little guy had some major internal/external defects. He was a handsome little thing. This family was doing particularly well. The mom had had an EXTREMELY rough day (and I mean more than just losing a child) and was just taking things so incredibly well. They had some other family there and so we took lots of pictures with them too. They knew just what pictures they wanted with their baby and the grandpa had about 5 cameras (cell phones, digital, 35 mm, etc.) with him so he just followed me and took pictures as I took them. They didn't want to miss a thing. I will be back Friday to take pictures of the sister in NICU.
I picked up Brinley from Julie's house at about 9pm and headed home for the day. Tomorrow I am not going to be doing too much (except getting these pictures edited and put on cds), but Friday afternoon is booked, back to Sacred Heart for me...
oh yeah, while at the hospital the second time, we saw this

just outside the window. Spokane got hit with a freak storm. The picture doesn't do it justice, those were some black clouds! I guess it hailed like crazy in the valley, but downtown got dumped on with rain. The roads turned into rivers and some of the drains were actually bubbling up water. What is with this weather?

*side note: Olivia would be 7 months old today. I passed by my room at the hospital many, many times today.

9 comments:

Josh and Betsie said...

Man you are awesome and have a great strength to be able to go and do what you do. 18 weeks tomorrow eh? CONGRATS! Love you

Brenda said...

I are amazing! And you are helping so many families. That is awesome!
Yes that storm yesterday was very freaky. I was home when it hit and I had to step outside to check it out. CRAZY WEATHER!!! We are suppose to have sunny days the next week. Yay!

kim said...

I find it amazing that you can do what you do. I am sure the families are so grateful. I am amazed and awed how you can do this with out breaking down all the time. I can't even read your posts without losing it!!

The Call family said...

It's amazing how time just seems to fly by--I can't believe Olivia would be 7 months! You are a strong wonderful person and I admire so much your ability to help these other families...I sure wish I had that option/knowledge when I had Christian! Love you tons!!!

Sam said...

You are providing such a wonderful service to these moms. Love ya! Sam

tida6 said...

Beautiful picture. I can see the double rainbow.
You are so sweet to comfort these moms in their darkest hour. I bet they see the light in your eyes and you give them a bit of peace and hope.

Julie said...

You are awesome, I am so glad I know you. Love you tons.

That pic looks like a space ship is making he rainbow. Are you all under attack. LOL

Darla said...

Arah,
This must help out a lot in your healing process? I don't know, am I right? what a blessing. Hey, I have a question since you're so good at responding and helping me out. I'm trying to figure out how to put cute images or pics on my blog title. Sometimes I try to put a family pic up and it's HUGE! How do I make it smaller? Or do you even know? Anyway, I'm so happy the baby's healthy and everything's going well!!! (:

Laurie and Corey Kunz said...

keep up the good work with that baby inside you!