Sunday, July 1, 2012

Article on PTSD for NICU parents

I follow the Grahams Foundation on Facebook.  They post some really great tips via status updates and their blog.  This past week they passed along an article that the New York Times posted.  You can find the article here.

I haven't talked much about my mental state since everything has happened with Liam.  This article really touched close to home and made me realize that I am not alone.  Being a micropreemie mom is such a roller coaster that extends past the discharge date in the NICU. 

I think my favorite quote out of the article is this:  “It may be several months later when they’re ready to process what they experienced, but at that point, family and friends don’t want to talk about it anymore,” Dr. Holditch-Davis said.

That is so true in my situation.  I feel that now that I'm ready to finally talk about what happened and now it's not on anyone's radar but mine.  What most people see is that Liam is growing and thriving and he is but I'm now able to process my thoughts of those 101 days.  I've found a support system with other micropreemie moms locally and a few that I've met online, so I'm very grateful for that.

If you have a second, please check out the article.  It gives a great insight on what I have I'm going through.

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