Who Does Jesher Look Like?

There is a running debate going among Jesher's nurses.  The discussion isn't volatile or abrasive; however, it is spirited.  I personally think they are about one week away from setting the odds and accepting wagers.  The controversy is rising!  The dispute is growing!  At the center of the discourse is Jesher's face and one intriguing [...]

The Overlooked History of Clothes

Jesher is now wearing clothes, but I don't want him to get completely comfortable in them.  If his care-providers heard me say this out-loud, they would deem this statement NICU blasphemy!  Wearing clothes is a significant milestone for preemies.  It represents improvement, optimism, and expectation.  Once in clothes, a NICU baby begins to manage their [...]

An Empathetic Mother’s Day

"Happy Mother's Day!" greeted the wide-eyed receptionist.  I cringed a bit because I knew her enthusiasm for the day far out-weighed my wife's enthusiasm for the occasion.  "Are you going to hold him as your own personal gift to yourself?" another nurse chimed, matching the eagerness exhibited by the first.  They were both smiling ear-to-ear; [...]

Mama, Me, & The NBA

From my earliest memories, I have always loved the National Basketball Association [NBA].  I can remember rooting for Michael Jordan as he struggled against the "Bad Boy" Pistons.  I remember transitioning from "Air" Jordan to Clyde "the glide" Drexler, wanting him to finally win a championship.  I remember being amazed by the clutch, three-point shooting [...]

Grip Strength

I caught myself pouting the other day, and I didn't feel guilty about it.  I was overseeing Jesher's care as a nurse attempted to calm him down.  Since being moved from a ventilator to a CPAP [Continuous Positive Air Pressure] machine, Jesher has been noticeably agitated.  And I can't blame him!  The contraption requires him [...]

The Elevator Challenge

Have you ever noticed how awkward elevator rides can be (especially in hospitals)?  The 7ft x 9ft squared contraption has a way of ushering in an uncomfortable silence.  People will be laughing it up, enjoying the humor of a friend, a video, a song, or a scene, but, as soon as the elevator doors open, [...]