When There’s Nothing to Celebrate

I came across this blog depicting a nurse’s perspective on the experience of having a patient go through a loss. It is easy to rely on these professionals to get us through the horrific ordeal, and they really do deserve all the praise the world could provide as they are warriors too. After we lost Sophia, both Jason and I wrote a letter to the whole nursing staff in gratitude for what they all did for us. Without them, a completely horrible situation would have seemed impossibly worse.


Recently, I left work so late my kids were already asleep by the time I got home. Part of me wanted to wake my daughter up, ask her about her day, and stay up late talking about all the things she had done throughout the day. I wanted to scoop up my sleeping son, smell his baby-ness and cover him with kisses. The other half of me was so exhausted, I was glad that my husband had put them to bed before I had gotten home. I fell into bed, asleep before my head even hit the pillow. I woke up the next morning before anyone else was awake, put on a clean pair of scrubs, and went back to work, rested and renewed, but determined to finish charting in time to be home at a normal hour.

It was busy that day. A few hours before shift-change, a young…

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Published by lkgaddis

I have been working on this memoir-style project for a while now, and I'm excited to share it with others. My hope is to get as wide an audience as possible, and to receive comments, suggestions, and ideas to improve and expand what I have. I also want to encourage others to become curious about the topic of babies, and the loss that can come with the adventures of trying to start a family. In the world of celebrating healthy babies, we who know otherwise need a voice too.

One thought on “When There’s Nothing to Celebrate

  1. Seriously tearing up right now… What a touching display of the strength and compassion that nurses must possess. Once again, thank you for sharing your story. I think that you and Jason are pretty amazing for taking the time to thank the professionals that were by your side.


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