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The Days of Her Separation

The Days of Her Separation

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Trials of separation while a premie must stay in NICU away from mom.
Trials of separation while a premie must stay in NICU away from mom.

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Published by: New Life Mission Canada on Jun 18, 2013
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The Days of Her Separation
(Lev 12:5; 15:25) 9/7/07I’m jealous. My friends enjoyed glorious home births and got to enjoy their babies fromthe first moment on. That is the way God meant it to be. Babies need their mothers andmothers need their babies. Separation is traumatic, believe me!Something happens in a woman’s heart when she becomes a mother. I’ll never be thesame again. Now I understand how Beulah feels when we take her baby away and makehim live in a pen with all the other pail bunters. The beef cows all get to raise their own baby but Jerseys are nurse cows and have to feed more than their own. If I let Beulahhave her baby, he would overeat and get sick. But of course she can’t understand that.Months after she calved she is bawling at the fence for her baby. And now I’m doing thesame. Understanding does help but it’s still HARD to cope.I was so busy these first few days I hardly had time to think. But last night the frustrationoverwhelmed me and I just bawled. R is MY baby, not the hospital’s! Every day andevery shift it seems my baby has a different nurse; hardly the same one twice. Somenurses are more understanding and compassionate than others toward the parents. Theseparation factor is already hard on the parent and the nurses can make or break theability to cope.I have mostly had nice ones but one did sharply remind me that I must not set foot in thedoor (even for a second to ask a question) without phoning first. I went back out and phoned and we got along fine after that.I am definitely thankful for the care my baby is getting. When I think of how many babies are born in the world without access to this professional care which mine gets atno cost to me (other than the usual taxes!) I wonder how I could be so privileged. What if I had been a missionary in the African bush and lost my baby for lack of access to carelike Ouma and Oupa E did. No wonder Ouma never really got over it. How is it that Godallowed me to be a missionary to Canada where I am not called to make such sacrifices?If I had not so many health challenges of my own in the past 20 years, I very well mightnot be here in C. I read
 Adventist Frontiers
(www.afmonline.org) cover to cover andwould have given my life to missions as soon as I finished college if I hadn’t been too ill. Now I can look back and understand why Paul says, “In everything give thanks” (1TH5:18).I am certainly thankful for friends whose shoulder I can cry on. And I so much appreciatethe dozens of emails I have received assuring me of the prayers and support of family andfriends around the world. I feel as if I’m being held up with arms of love and so I havenot felt lonely in spite of being here in the city on my own. If I only had my baby then allwould be well. I just pray I can keep my sanity in the waiting time until I can take her home.I trust that today I will be able to talk to someone about the difficulties I encounteredyesterday with not being able to hold her and the insensitive nurse that made me feel asawkward as a wild boar at feeding time last night. The reason I chose the doctor I did was because her policy is that the parents are in charge. She takes a “stand-back” position on

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