Tomorrow we’re traveling back to Chapel Hill. More specifically, UNC Children’s Hospital.
A few months back, we received a call from their Patient Relations department. They were working on forming a small advisory group of families who had previous experience with their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for the purpose of improving family care on the unit. We were both surprised and humbled to have been nominated by the medical staff for this group.
As most of you know, we spent nearly 5 months living on the PICU back in ’07 with our son, Isaac. We were very involved in his care, often working alongside the medical staff as decisions were made and issues discussed. He received excellent medical care from UNC as did our whole family on a personal level.
I’m very excited for this opportunity to go back to the Children’s Hospital. I’ll be sitting in on multidisciplinary rounds for the PICU to give my observations and feedback on how they can better involve parents in their child’s medical care. The hope and goal is to optimize the experience for future PICU families. Patient Relations plans to develop a focus group in the months ahead for continued improvement of family care on the unit. I’m deeply grateful that we were suggested for this process, knowing that our experiences in Chapel Hill with Isaac will be used to improve care for future families of critically ill children.
We appreciate your prayers tomorrow as we return to Chapel Hill. I’m greatly looking forward to this opportunity, but also realize I may experience unexpected emotions on seeing familiar faces while returning to the place we lived with our son. Our prayer is God would use our journey for the betterment of others, to be His voice of encouragement and insight to the medical staff, and above all that the love of Jesus would flow out of us to everyone we encounter on the unit.