10 Most Annoying Things People Say to NICU Parents

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On May 4th, 1992, Carma finally got to take her baby home after 73 days on an emotional roller coaster in a place that felt like science fiction. Surrounded by a sea of babies, most of them weighing under 2 pounds (1 kilogram), kept alive through surgeries, daily being needled, tubed, taped and treated in ways no parent wants their baby to experience. More

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About Carma Chan

Born a California girl, raised by four older siblings while my parents worked their butts off providing for all of us, including the three babies that were born after me. My parents were restaurant owners. They survived two bankruptcies, the first caused by tribalism, the second by economic changes in their town. My parents loved us profoundly, every one of us little freaks. My Dad died on June 10, 2001, before the towers were struck. That sight would have broken his heart. He was the only one in his family who survived the battle and occupation of Hong Kong. He had to see both of his parents and all of his siblings die one by one due to poisoned water, starvation and lack of medical care. My Mom is still alive, she's turning 84 soon, and she knows we all love her and that she raised a fine bunch of bananas who feed the world with love and silliness. We are a long line of hard-working, honest peasants. Immigrants, all of us. Pilgrims on this beautiful, green and blue Earth.


Music by Tony Bunn, used for this celebration of life with his express permission. Snapshots of my son's life.


Review by: Susan Mighan on Aug. 5, 2012 : (no rating)
All three of my boys have been in the nicu, the youngest twice and the second time almost died. When I read this book I cried because it expressed in words everything I had ever felt. Thank you for putting these emotions in words and giving me a release. I hope your son is thriving.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Miya Kressin on April 29, 2011 :
We only had to deal with a 10 day NICU stay when our daughter was born with GBS sepsis. But I was right there with you as to the 10 things you don't want to hear while you're in there. Thank you for offering a well-written, candid, and heartfelt account of your experiences as a veteran of the NICU.
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