Unplugging and going home

2012-02-01 13:19:12 by Sarah Plant, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

I like to be at the hospital for rounds each day. It’s important to me that I know what the plan is for Bekah, and that I can play a part in making decisions about her day-to-day care.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, I was running late, but should have had plenty of time to get to Akron Children's before NICU rounds made it back to the TLC rooms, Bekah’s home for the past few weeks.  I walked into her room to see the hospital monitor on stand-by and the home monitor up and running. The nurses were disconnecting plugs and wires, and Bekah lay in her bed watching in amazement at the bustle all around her.

Everyone in the room knew that I had cried in fear the day before when going home had been proposed.

Saturday morning I was given a choice. We could take Bekah and go home, or we could stay a few more days until I felt more comfortable with the idea.

The nurse gave me the options, but informed me that if I chose to stay, there would only be occasional monitor checks. Even if we stayed at the hospital, we had to become less reliant on the technology I had come to love. That morning I was being kindly shown that I really could do it on my own, whether I jumped right in or took tiny baby steps.

I knew the answer without even thinking about it. We were unplugging and going home.

Read the rest of Sarah and Rebekah’s story through her blog, Following Your Heart.

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