I just have to vent………….
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I know this is bad but, I just have to vent………….
As most of you know, the last few weeks have been crazy busy for me at work. We have had a lot of drug babies who have been born. These babies take much more work. They are withdrawing from drugs. The symptoms they have high temperatures, pain, things an adult would have. Because of the pain they become rigid they scream and cry. They also constantly poop & the poop is very acidic so it starts breaking down the babies’ skin. We give them morphine to help. It does help but not as much as it should. If you hold the baby when this happens, sometimes it helps them through the withdrawing. Most parents don’t even see what the baby goes through because they are at home enjoying life…. they should be required to stay with their newborn. Maybe then it wouldn't happen again.
Sometimes it’s so stressful to deal with them we take turns going into their room & holding them. Last week I was holding one of our drug babies for going on 1 hour, I had lost all my patience. Not with him, but his situation. I sat there in the dark ( they can’t handle any stimuli what so ever ), wondering if a mother couldn’t have the strength not to do drugs for 9 months, how will this woman deal with this little baby for the next 18 years. It makes me worry. Here we are healthcare workers, and very patient and at our wits ends. Will a mother doing meth, heroine, or even prescribed pain pills deal with this little guy? There was one time a mother had in vitro and was on a fentanyl pain patch, she had fibro mylasia. This was the worse newborn I have ever worked with.
My hubby & I adopted our daughter, who was a drug baby. It never dawned on me until last week, that as she was growing up she showed a lot of the same signs as these newborn babies. She was inconsolable. Time outs for her were never just a 5 minute affair. She was upset all day long. There were other things but that would be a book!
I guess my frustration and questions come in with the idea of, why would you put an innocent newborn baby through what they go through. How about this novel idea, you go through the withdrawal before you have a baby. Again, you couldn’t stop your drug use, for 9 months. How will you have the patience to deal with them for 18 years?
It just breaks my heart.