(Closed) Friend’s infant in pediatric ICU. thoughts?H

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Could you make them a meal? 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I second the meal idea. I like putting things together that they can just pop in the oven when they get hungry – lasagna, casseroles, etc. Or if you don’t cook, they might appreciate you coming to the hospital to bring them dinner and giving them a familiar face to talk to, or offer to stand watch and send them out to dinner. I work in a children’s hospital and tired parents’ eyes just light up when somebody makes a kind gesture like that.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

oh no hope baby gets over it soon… and maybe you can just be there for support. eventhough you cant go in maybe mommy or daddy just need a coffee break

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think in this case do nothing. maybe just send a card saying you are thinking of them. They probably have no idea what to do themselves, and can’t even begin to think of favors for others to do for them.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Another thing I’ve seen that parents love – Depending on how close you are, you could offer to run to their house to pick up any necessities, comforts, more clothes, etc. And also, you don’t realize how nice it is to have your “usual” stuff until you don’t have it! It might make Mom feel like a new woman if you dropped off a travel size of her shampoo, body wash, or face wash etc.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Books and magazines??

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

Offer to take care of animals if they have them.. or plants.

Offer to clean the house once a week – or clean it really well before they come home – when that times comes. (I know this would stress me out! Especially since we have dogs who shed constantly) Maybe even do laundry.

If you can’t bring them meals now you could definitely stock their freezer or help recruit friends to supply meals when they do get to go home.  (http://www.carecalendar.org/)

A care package sounds awesome too!

I’m sure just knowing others have them in their thougts does wonders!!

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@Sunchick19: Can you bring a meal to the rest of her family who is at home (not in the NICU?) Or offer to clean the house for them to come back to a clean home? Something that doesn’t involve being close to the baby and parents?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Are they religious?  What if you had a prayer journal for all of your friends to write in, and you could give it to them?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

It wouldn’t have to just be about the illness but also prayers for her future & blessings/gifts…

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

A little care package would be a great idea… maybe just snacks, some books, maybe some lotion (her hands are probably dry from washing them all the time) and purell. Maybe even a comfy blanket or pashmina shawl that she could use as a scarf or a little blanket if she gets cold. Magazines and books would be good. Or even puzzles or soduku. I’m sure she’s spending so much time worrying at the hospital, but her mind could probably use a break while she is sitting there. It’s so sweet of you think of your friend in her time of need!

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