Walkin' the walk for NICU

2012-10-09 16:12:04 by Sarah Plant, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

We were excited about the Walk for Babies for weeks here at our house. You couldn’t tell by the date we registered, since we did it, well, like we do most things around this house—a little later than everyone else (that’s why most of our friends have kids who are in school already!).

We talked to Bekah’s TLC roomie from her Akron Children’s NICU days (well, her parents…the girls don’t really do much talking yet. I’m glad that our phone has free long-distance for when they start though). They were planning on walking too.

We haven’t seen them since we had appointments scheduled for the same day back in July, so we were thrilled to make a team with them. We decided to call it “the girls dorm” because that’s what Betty, one of their nurses, called their room when they were still in the NICU.

She said that there were so many pictures, clothes and decorations that it looked like a dorm room instead of a hospital room. Later that night, after Bekah covered her side of the room in puke, we decided that it was more like a dorm room after a bad night — but the name stuck and we’ve been laughing about it ever since.

As we counted down the days it seemed like Bekah kept getting crabbier. I assumed that it was probably more teeth since three months ago she got two at once and we haven’t seen an inkling of another.

Finally, on Thursday we pried her little mouth open and took a peek inside. I was right, but instead of one or two, I was surprised to see FOUR little spots on her top gums where teeth were trying to make their way in. I started planning ways to entertain a cranky baby for a day at the zoo.

Apparently Bekah’s roomie had some orneriness of her own planned, because Friday night we received a message that she was sick (for real sick - admitted to the hospital sick) and they would not be joining us on Sunday for the walk…and here I was worried about four silly little teeth!

So, even though we were a three-person team, and we were sad that we were TLC Roomie-less,

Bekah loved seeing some of her favorite nurses, doctors and fellow NICU friends, and we did too.

It was nice to see everyone working together to raise money for a place that we all called home, whether it was for a day, a few months, or a year.

I know that for Chris and I, seeing so many of the people who helped to save Rebekah, and knowing that now we, too, can have a part in helping them just by collecting some donations and walking through the zoo, makes even Bekah’s crabbiest days well worth it!

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

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