About

About


Having a sick child, especially one that is critically ill, can feel like the twilight zone. Right now you might be feeling frustrated, confused, scared, overwhelmed, or all of the above. You might feel that although the doctors and nurses are well-intentioned, you still don’t understand what’s really going on with your child. Every alarm that goes off can cause you to leap off the couch in a panic. It’s a terrible feeling, but be assured that you are not alone!

As a pediatric ICU doctor, I’ve had countless encounters with exhausted parents who are concerned about their child’s health and recovery, the well-being of their other children at home, and who have a boss breathing down their neck about when you will be back to work. When you have all this stress, even the smallest things, like a small change in your child’s oxygen level, can cause incredible discomfort and uncertainty.

The goal of PICUparent is to help you understand what’s going on around you. I want to give you a resource that explains what the machines do, what the noises mean, and why those jerks come in and turn the lights on at 5am every morning. This is a resource you can return to at any time, from anywhere, without having to worry about feeling bothersome. This is a resource for parents who have all, at one time or another, had similar questions and concerns.

I hope you find the site informative and helpful. I hope you find greater comfort with the flashing numbers and loud noises in the pediatric ICU. Through it all, I hope you feel free to ask your doctors and nurses questions about your child’s illness and plan of care, and that this site gives you the confidence to do so without hesitation. Most importantly, I hope that your child recovers from whatever is ailing them and that soon you’ll be able to wake up in your own bed, without the lights and beeps, your child at your side.