So I wanted to give you the run down on how my drop off experience went. As you all know I completed THE first Bola Krafts Cares donation, (if you don't know what it is about or are new to the blog, please just make yourself comfortable and read my older posts :) you'll enjoy the journey) and my friend Toun and I had made plans to go to the hospital today to drop the hats off at the center. I didn't even realize today was May 1st when we said we would go next wednesday, funny enough part of the things I said I wanted to do in this new year was to do something new at the beginning of each month, so it was just a great way to start of May. Below I'll give you the run down and just explain the experience with the pictures I was able to take, enjoy!
May 1st, 2013
Here I am bright and early ahem, with the packages (my package along with my friend Bukky who made some hats to donate also) ready for delivery, I harassed someone on my bus line to help me take my picture :)
I left my office around 11 and headed down to Brooklyn, luckily it was a short ride took me about 20 mins, getting out the train made me a bit nostalgic I hadn't been to this part of BK in years, maybe since I lived close by in park slope. The hospital is close to fulton street where I went to pierce my ears (second holes) in some bootleg jewelry store as claires wouldn't do it for me since I was 17 then and you needed an "adult"...ye like I said random nostalgic memories, I digress back to the story, I finally saw the sign for the hospital and I got excited, its finally happening!
11:26 - 11:40 AM
I waited and waited and waited for Doc Toun o for a long time! ok well not too long hehe, mind you she was coming from Brooklyn and I Manhattan, she couldn't believe I made it there before her in her words "the devil is a liar!" haha she had some train issues but she finally made it and of course we had special treatment because she used to work there ( no pictures of my wait, I was busy thinking about how things would go when we got upstairs)
After hugging and quick catch up as we walked upstairs we finally got to the Neonatal floor, were I was fortunate to meet the Nurse Manager and the lovely Nurse below, her name escapes me now. Toun was so excited she did all the talking and told them basically how I made all the hats to donate, the nurse below was like "no strings attached?!" hahahaha I guess nowadays some people always expect something in return, she also said "do you want the box back?!" I said no please its part of it, she and the nurse manager just kept ooooing and aaaaaing that they were so cute and not really gotten any hats like this before. Though I couldn't go see the babies ( there were like 3 doors before you could even get to their rooms plus they don't want any of our germs for real!) , Toun and the Nurse showed me the room where they have their success stories on the wall and also albums where families send the Unit letters after their babies have gone home. Apparently the babies are called Survivors - Toun said the amount of details and care that goes daily into watching the babies is amazing down to if they gain 1gram not a pound o, 1 gram to how many diapers are changed to how they retain water all means something, but the babies are fighting fighting to live, God bless their soul. The Nurse has worked in Neonatal Unit for 26 years , so I can't imagine what she has seen and been through. One of the other Dr's I met (2nd in command of the Unit) was so excited , she kept saying how will we determine which babies get which hats, then she ran with the baseball flower hat to go see which baby she would give it to, that made my day~
Of course with corporate america and 1 hr or so lunch I had to get back to the office, Toun made me tear up a few times with how enthusiastic she was just talking about the project. Here's Toun and I we got some guy named ....gash totally forgot his name, Jack? mayhaps to help us take our picture outside the hospital, can you tell from Toun's smile she's a happy bunny? Love you Doc Toun Toronto! Shout out to my Doc who's going to be specializing in OBGYN if only she wasn't moving so far away she would have delivered my babies, maybe you will just drive down when the time comes! better make sure we do our dinner o, have too much to catch up on.
and there you have it folks, first Bola Krafts Cares Experience was beyond amazing and definitely a blessing to me, I pray once more that the hats bring joy to the families and staff and maybe I'll get a picture from the hospital that I can share on here, hey you never know!
P.S. Some Facts
- A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is an intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.
- The Brooklyn Hospital Center is located - 121 Dekalb Ave, New York, NY 11205