For us, Jaxson was able to come home after spending 17 weeks in the NICU. He was discharged with oxygen, a pulse oximeter and 4 medications. My husband and I both felt like NICU nurses by the time our son came home. Throughout the months we had learned medical jargon, and so many things we never even knew existed! Once he came home we began the journey of balancing being Jaxson's parents as well as taking care of his medical requirements. Most parents deliver their baby full term and are sent home within 1-3 days. I remember a friend (who had a baby a few days after Jaxson came home) telling me that she wished she had some of the knowledge we had gained, and how she would've love to have a monitor to track her baby's heart rate and pulse. We knew SO SO much, and when she made that comment a part of me felt defensive- she probably didn't mean any harm, but, we didn't ask to be in this position to be inundated with medical "stuff"!
You may be going through a fight of your own, be it a health challenge, relationship or marital issue, dysfunction on the job- I want to encourage you to dig deep within yourself and pull out the fight that's within you. You have courage and the power to fight through whatever hardship you may be faced with. Sometimes when life hits us hard, we just want to pull the covers over our heads and hope the issue resolves itself. Even when I wanted to do that, I knew I couldn't stay in that place.