After 100 days in the NICU, Eliza came home on June 23, 2006.
Those one hundred days were filled with hundreds of heel sticks, 67 days on a ventilator, a dozen transfusions, RDS, lumbar punctures, weeks and weeks of TPN, platelets, BPD, "mycins" of every variety, sepsis work ups, ROP, central lines, NEC, umbilical lines, PICC lines, echocardiograms, NG and OG tubes, AOP, infection after infection, x-rays, head ultrasounds, more "ologists" than your average person sees in a life time, eye exams and drugs you wouldn't want to try on a good day.
But they were also 100 days filled with kindness, affection, empathy and wonderful medical care from some of the best nurses, nurse practitioners, neonatologists, specialists, technicians and respiratory therapists you could ask for. I just wish I had pictures of them all.
Thank you for taking care of Eliza for her first 100 days, her third trimester, when my body wasn't up to the job. And thank you for taking care of me.