62: Angels in the NICU

62: Angels in the NICU

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

Angels in the NICU

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.

~Charles Dickens

Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are the most innocent and precious souls on this earth. I feel pure love in their presence.

When they are having a major heart dip and oxygen drop, I whisper, “Don’t go to the Light… please come back.” If no one else is nearby, I may even say softly out loud, “Not on my watch, little angel.” When they have those death defying color changes, I hope in my heart that they are in the arms of angels passing back and forth between this world and the other side.

There are a few nurses in our NICU who have actually seen angels. I have not seen them, but I have certainly felt their presence.

One day, as I was caring for a sick baby boy on the ventilator, his little sister came in with her mother to see her baby brother for the first time. This little girl had been a preemie in our unit four years earlier.

She was one of the most inquisitive four-year-olds I’d ever met. It was as if somewhere in her subconscious, she knew this place and wanted to know more than most siblings. Usually they are interested in seeing their baby brother or sister, and are either oblivious to the equipment or fascinated with it. This little one wanted to know about each caregiver surrounding her brother.

“Who’s that, Mommy? And who’s that?” And so on it went, her mom telling her who all the caregivers were and their names. Then the little sister stopped and stomped her foot. “No, that’s not everyone!”

So I went around her brother’s warmer and pointed out each member of the medical team and called them by name.

Finally, in exasperation, she pointed up to the ceiling and said, “No! Who’s that lady? The one up there?”

She was so adamant that the embarrassed mother finally said, “Stop it. There is no one there.”

But I knew. And the little sister knew. She saw her brother’s guardian angel.

~Nancy J. Brooks

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