When Nellie-Anne was first admitted we were told that babies had been moved out of the NICU to make room for her. She was more critical and the other babies didn’t need the same level of care that she did.
Fontana is a level 3 NICU and Ontario is a level 2. They’re just not as equipped as Fontana. We were told that there may come a time where should would be transferred to make space for other babies. But she would only move if she was healthy enough.
Guess what? SHE HAS BEEN MOVED!
February 3, 2020
“Hi mom! So, I’m not sure if you remember but you should have been told that there is a possibility that Nellie would be transferred to Ontario or Riverside if we needed rooms open. We are anticipating some new babies and we have our transfer team here already. Ontario is ready for her. She is one of our best babies and we know she will do very well over there.”
Less than an hour later I was watching a team transfer Nell into a bed that would be loaded into an ambulance. It was all very surreal. I felt like everyone was moving around me so quickly.
I followed her ambulance from Fontana to Ontario. And let me tell you…it was a little scary. The feeling of following an ambulance that is carrying your baby is not one I’d like to feel again.
We made it to Ontario and met her new team of nurses and doctors. We were told that the doctors that had been taking care of Nell in Fontana would also see her in Ontario. They all spent time in both places.
That eased my heart a lot! It was so nice to know that there would be doctors that know her and what she’s already been through. It will be so nice to see them again.
Our time in Fontana will not be forgotten. They treated Nell like she was their own. I could see the pain they felt in their hearts when she was sick and then the happiness when they saw her coming back from it.
I hope they know how grateful we are for everything they did for us. I don’t know if I would have gotten through everything without the way they cared for our family.
Here is Nell in her new [temporary] home.