We were lucky with our NICU daughter that the only holiday we spent was Easter (she was actually transferred to a higher level of care NICU on Easter Sunday).
This YouTube Clip from Q13 Fox News Seattle shows how one hospital was making Thanksgiving a bit brighter for NICU parents.
For this Thanksgiving I'd like to share a quote on gratitude which may help NICU parents facing the chaos and confusion in the NICU:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
May you still be able to express gratitude this Thanksgiving, even if it is being spent in the NICU. I hope that you will find a sense of peace for today and a vision for tomorrow.
Dyer KA. Encouraging Message - Balancing on a Tight rope and Gratitude in the NICU? NICU Parent Support Blog.