Saturday, October 10, 2009

Holiday Gift Drive for the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center NICU

Loki spent the Holidays in 2008 in the NICU and so did we. Those days were often scary and insecure. Fortunately we had wonderful primary nurses, friends and family who helped us celebrate the season the best we could. The gifts, cards and drawings we found at Loki’s bedside were such an uplifting and hopeful experience. Our little guy, still six weeks away from his supposed birth date, was loved and well taken care of.

We wish to offer the families in the Alta Bates NICU this upcoming Holiday Season some of this hope, love and sense of care. We need your help…….

What you can do: purchase a baby toy, book, preemie clothes or baby blanket* and send or drop off at our home before December 10th 2009. We will bag the gifts and put little notes in there with your name on it if you like (e.g. The Smith Family sends you love and strength from Bedford Falls).

If you don’t have time: No problem, we can do the shopping for you, just let us know (email lijnsprenger@gmail.com)

Our goal: collect 60 gifts, this is the maximum occupancy rate at the NICU.

Where to send/drop off your gift: our home (we did move in June so please let us know if you do not have the correct information).

Please help us celebrate all those new, fragile and precious lives!

Thank You!

* We ask that all items are newly purchased as babies at the NICU have lower immune systems

3 comments:

marieke said...

What a beautifull thing to do. Since I am with you in Oakland end of November, I will offcourse bring a special item for one of the baby's and his/her family to give strength and lots of love in hard times.
How about the button? Are you two managing with Loki doki?
Lots of fun with opa en oma xx

Cheryl said...

Yes, a great idea. Having "been there, done that", can you give us osme hints as to the kind of gifts that might be most appreciated? And I too am wondering how things are going with that defective g-tube connector--and the bolus feeding. So should you ever get a minute, let us know!

rstiles said...

What a great thing to do! Count us in. Elaine and I are really sorry to hear about the problems with Loki's G-tube. Terrible stuff.

On the lighter side, I really like what you've done with your blog and I've stolen a couple ideas. I finally added a search bar for easy look up, and I've also added a subscription box and links to other a couple other good preemie-related blogs. I couldn't possibly come up with a design this cool though.

About Loki Sky

Loki Sky is a special little man. He was a very early micropreemie, weighing only 610 grams (1 lb, 5 oz) after 24 weeks, 3 days gestation, born to an American Father and a Dutch Mother in Berkeley, California on October 18, 2008.

On January 11, 2009, while still in the hospital NICU, his one kidney stopped working. It was repaired after three surgeries. After spending time in three hospitals in three cities, Loki came home on February 17. He struggled with eating, and then stopped in July, leading to 8 days in the hospital, a failure-to-thrive diagnosis, and a NG feeding tube. On October 10, a minor surgery installed a G feeding tube. Another procedure replaced it with a new one, and then again with a Mic-Key button in Jan. 2010.

In August 2010, he and his parents moved to the Netherlands.

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