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Dazbrilliantwhites asks: You've had them and maybe even have been one. Or maybe you were once babysat by someone who is now a notorious serial killer. Tell us your stories.

(, Thu 28 Oct 2010, 12:15)
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Not quite babysitters
and not quite on topic but how and ever. My second was born just yesterday and has since developed a bit of a temperature. Hopefully nothing to be too concerned about and he is now in the intensive care unit. As a result I watched several nurses look after up to five very poorly baby's each feeding, clothing and monitoring each. When parents came down to spend time with their baby's the nurses were fantastically supportive whilst not giving the parents false hope. I watched them resuscitate a baby twice today within all of five feet of me. It is intensely emotional. They are TRUE babysitters.

Apologies for lack of funnys.
(, Sat 30 Oct 2010, 20:43, 21 replies)
Hope your little ankle biter gets better soon. X
(, Sat 30 Oct 2010, 20:54, closed)

thanks :)
(, Sat 30 Oct 2010, 21:09, closed)

As someone whose LO spent 4 1/2 months in SCBU, I agree wholeheartedly!

Wishing your wee one a speedy recovery - one day, one week or one month, it's not where you want your newborn to be.
(, Sat 30 Oct 2010, 21:10, closed)
4 & 1/2 Months?
3 weeks at SCBU was enough for me when Sebulbette Minor was born! Indeed, they do the most incredible job. Mrs S was on dayshift with her, I did evenings and we saw so many wee bubs passing through getting the most amazing care. Shame that they needed to have a donations bucket so they could buy some new device worth $50,000.
To hell with the Rugby World Cup - give the allotted funding to the hospitals!
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 7:52, closed)

Yup - 4 1/2 months in SCBU (he was three months prem anyway), and another month and a half in the kiddie's hospital before he came home. We did a few bits of fund-raising afterwards for them too - though to be honest we'll never be able to thank them enough for what they did.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 8:44, closed)
that both your endings were happy ones :)
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 10:52, closed)
All the best
Hope the little one is home soon, with you and you other half where you should be I.e. Wrapped around their little finger...
(, Sat 30 Oct 2010, 23:10, closed)
Hope your newborn gets better soon
and a click, because you are so right and they aren't appreciated enough.
(, Sat 30 Oct 2010, 23:16, closed)
Thinking of you and your family mate.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 0:45, closed)
and best wishes for your little one. Got my fingers crossed.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 1:07, closed)
You're right,
paediatric intensive care nurses never get the recognition they deserve as over-qualified, over-paid babysitters, do they?
You fucking numpty.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 9:28, closed)
who are you argueing with? :s
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 10:36, closed)
Seriously, my friend,
I can see the point you were trying to make, but you've ended up taking a group of dedicated, hardworking, under resourced and often unappreciated nurses, and likened them to a group of teenagers, whose highest qualification is probably "being unlikely to steal all your booze."
Basically, a fine example of the sort of ham-fisted, irrelevant, "look at me, I'm a parent" statement, that new parents are wont to come out with (the kind of thing that I'd like to stop myself from doing quite so often).

Anyway, glad to hear that your sprog is OK. A stay in intensive care is a pretty gruelling, and often frustrating experience, but the nursing staff are excellent (unlike doctors, but that's an anecdote, or two, that I'll attempt to supress at this juncture).
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 22:04, closed)
Not really
I described the environment they work in and the the workload they carry. I may not have went into every detail but intensely emotional says a lot on its own. Well done on your self regulation of ham fisted, irrelevant "look at me, I'm a parent" statements. Anyone who can resuscitate a premature baby would be deemed qualified in my books.

I don't know why you misread the post and that's being honest.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 23:31, closed)
If resuscitation of a prem baby
is what you expect of your sitters, I doubt you'll be getting a night off anytime soon.
(, Mon 1 Nov 2010, 19:45, closed)
Yes yes,
Very good.
(, Mon 1 Nov 2010, 20:38, closed)
Oh I see,
You are saying that Daz is running intensive care nurses down by calling them over qualified babysitters?

I think that you sir are the numpty who has missed the point on a epic scale.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 12:59, closed)
I've spent more than enough time,
watching the nurses in the paediatric ITU look after my, and others', newborns. Fantastic people, doing an incredible job. Not once did I think, "Wow, you guys are excellent babysitters."
"Damning with faint praise," is the phrase I'm looking for, here.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 21:06, closed)
Thanks everyone
A course of antibiotics seems to have done the trick thanks everyone.
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 10:45, closed)
Coming late to the party...
...but I just wanted to add a "hear hear!" to the chorus. Our firstborn went to the SCBU because the silly sod didn't want to eat anything. Outstanding care from the nurses though, and he was home in a week.

He started school last month, and he's loving it. :)
(, Sun 31 Oct 2010, 20:30, closed)

I experienced something like that, and nurses in general are the true heroes of our time. And nice to hear your son is better.
(, Mon 1 Nov 2010, 14:57, closed)

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