We had to make the toughest decision...
I was transferred to Meriter in Madison after giving birth via c-section in Beaver Dam. My baby was only 24 weeks old and our hospital doesn't have the capability to care for newborns that young. Unfortunately, the labor process bruised his entire body. He also was having heart problems, he had a brain bleed, and machines were breathing for him. We had to make the toughest decision any parent could have to make. Should we continue to do everything we can to keep him alive, or is it time to let him go? I couldn't bear the thought of my son suffering. I couldn't let him go on that way. We made the choice to take him off of life support. He lived for less than 12 hours.
I was in the hospital for three days. Most of the first day in Beaver Dam but the rest of my time was spent at Meriter in Madison. The nurses that took care of me were wonderful. They did everything they could to make me as comfortable as possible. They managed my pain from the c-section very well. They were in my room a minimum of every 4 hours and more if I needed anything. They were very helpful and caring. Always willing to answer any question I had and get me anything I needed. I don't enjoy not being able to perform simple tasks like getting a glass of water or moving without help. But all of the nurses that were assigned to me were very kind, very patient, and sensitive to what we had gone through. I could not have asked for a better nursing staff.
Those women made the hospital stay a little easier for me to bear. I cannot thank any of them enough for everything they did for me. A couple of them even said good bye to me wishing me good luck with my healing and sending their condolences for losing my son.
Thank you all so much. Please continue what you are doing for the next mom that shares a similar story, and for all others that come your way. You are wonderful people and everyone deserves the kindness, care, and respect you have for the patients.