During the holiday season we think of presents as what we receive, but thanks to all the doctors and PICU team at Akron Children’s Hospital, my husband and I get to hold our sweet baby boy, the only GIFT a parent could want for Christmas. The team at Akron Children’s has been taking care of our son, Bryce, since Nov. 18, when a blood vessel burst in his head.
We cannot begin to thank Akron Children’s staff enough for the knowledge, love and care they have given Bryce over the past month or so. Bryce was not doing well over a month ago, and now he is on the road to recovery.
As a family, this has been the hardest thing a family could go through with a newborn, but the encouragement and care the PICU team has given our family is remarkable. Thank you for all the times you took time out of your day to help us understand what is going on, or the times you told us the game plan good or bad, provided support, and took time to talk and explain things to us.
Thank you to the surgical team – Dr. Hudgins and his physician assistant, Holly, Dr. Parry, and Dr. Nelson – for your ability to help Bryce through the surgical procedures that enabled him to advance as an infant. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk to our family, and be on the same page for Bryce to have what he needs.
Also, I would like to thank the social workers and the palliative care team for their support during this difficult time. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate you just lending an ear to listen, and giving advice while we were going through this journey.
Last but not least I would like to thank the PICU team of nurses, who were a rock for my husband and me. Throughout Bryce’s journey, you saw us at our worst and offered an a ear to listen. You empathized and you showed compassion for our family. Our nurses also saw us at our best. When Bryce improved, you were there to encourage and smile with us.
But most importantly, you took care of Bryce. You gave him the best care any baby could receive. I truly can’t tell you how hard it is to have someone else take care of your 3-week-old baby. In my mind it should have been me, but it was the PICU team of daytime nurses who gave us strength each and every day. A special thanks to you all for the extra mile you took with Bryce and with our family during the day.
It is so hard after a long day to go to sleep, but the many nights I had to do this, I did it with the confidence that the special nighttime nurses who took care of Bryce made me feel confident, and I really learned to trust someone at night with our Bryce.
It is the hardest thing to do when you are a new mom. Thank you so much to all the night nurses, and an extra special thank you to Melissa from our first night. You all took extra care of Bryce and gave him love, as well as answered our nightly phone calls.
I know we are just another family that will pass through the PICU but I want you to know how much we appreciate all you have done. We will never forget the PICU team.
I received a card from someone who has been involved with Bryce. It says, “Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” That card meant the world to us.
Merry Christmas to the PICU team. You have given us the best gift of all – our sweet Brycie bear on his road to recovery.
For more about Bryce and our journey, read the article in the Warren Tribune.