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    Default What did you do to say Thank you?

    My newest DS was in the NICU for 2 1/2 days ( small time compared to others.. I know) after he was born. Our family would like to do something special to say thank you to the staff that were absolutely fabulous there. Any suggestions? Did you deliver it personally? Or mail it?
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    We just gave them a thank you card, We delivered it ourselves, and took Ryan with us so they could see him.



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    My son was in NICU for 4 days and a level 2 step down unit for 4 weeks (at McMaster). We sent a thank you, and then down the road (after his heart surgery and a thumbs up from the cardiologist), we donated the infant stethoscope that we had purchased when he first came home. We gave them the option to pass it on to another family, or keep it in the nursery. We had it engraved with our son's initials and DOB first.

    Another family, while we were still there, brought little gifts and cards for all the infants in the NICU. It was on the 1st anniversary date of their kids being discharged!
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    My son was in the pediatric critical care unit and the 7th floor of London sick kids hospital after a car accident we were in when he was 2.5 months old. He spent his first Christmas there along with 3 more months and 5 surgeries to relieve pressure off his brain (his car seat broke causeing him to flip around in the back of my car and I found him upside down on the base ... but that is a long story) Anyways the nurses were great so this summer we had a 'thank-you' party for friends and family that helped us out during it all we also had a donation box for the PCCU in the sick kids hospital. The other thing I do is donate sleepers without metal on them (Lawson is stuck in pink sleepers the whole time because all the blue ones had metal which you can't use with the CT or MRI machines) That is the only why that I know how to say thank you but I am really hoping the nurses realize that we will forever remember them. We bought Lawson a little 'scrubs' outfit at the hospital and got all the doctors and nurses to sign it so it is nice to look at that and remember them.

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    My dd was in the NICU at St. Joes for almost 3 months. We took up a card and some chocolates for them. We waited 3 weeks after dd was home so we could take her up and show them how well she was doing. They love to see the graduates later so they can see how they are progressing.

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    Every morning when we got into critical care at sick kids we'd bring a box of donuts. and on step down, I'd usually get Yale's nurse something she would like from starbucks.
    Natalie one nurse said the biggest thank you is when we get discharged, and they don;t see us for a while.... but we plan donating all Yale's toys as he outgrows them to the step down unit....
    Its amazing how theraputic play is for sick babies.

    As for an final thank you I have no idea what to do... so I will be paying attention to this thread... even though Yale's is a life long illness and long term dependance on the specialists at sick kids.
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    MY twins were in the NICU for 145 days. We also donated all the clothes they had grown out of the books we read to them during their stay in the hospital. The day we left the unit we took a cake and I also bought some receiving blankets, fleece blankets, ocean wonders fish tanks, and some preemie outfits. Just a very very small token in comparision to what they did for us.

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    What a wonderful idea Leigh! I think this is aweome that all of you ladies who have had your babies be in the NICU have done this! That must make the staff who look after the babies in the NICU feel so good too!

    Tanna: I love the fact you will be passing all of Yale's toys onto the unit for the other babies there to enjoy and play with Awesome!

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    wow.. can I just say im surprised to see this thread? Lol it's pretty old.

    Glad to hear other families are thanking the NICU staff too.

    Hoping we don't visit it this time around!

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    We brought my DD in for all of her nurses to see. ALot of them said it was the best way to say thank you
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    Haha, this is a pretty old thread!

    My sister was working as a nurse in a NICU in Toronto till recently, the best 'gift' I think you can gift is seeing your babies again! Some of the moms keep in touch and send an email with pictures every once in awhile. I hear about it for days every time she gets one of these 'updates'. Given what they are working with every day and how sad and depressing many of these stories are, I think hearing that your little one is doing fantastic and you appreciate what they did really helps. I know there are times she has come off a bad shift (or shifts) with really sick babies or babies that don't make it and to come home and have a picture there to make you remember why you do it is invaluable She has printed pictures people have given her too and they're all out around her room.

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