Taking Care of Yourself While Your Child is in the ICU

During the first days of your child's hospital care, nothing may seem more important than being close to your child and getting information about your child's care and condition. There are probably many things at home or at work that you had planned or that need your attention. Try to set priorities by asking yourself:

You need to look after yourself in order to be available to your child. Remember to eat regularly, sleep, get a change of clean clothes, and take a walk to clear your head.

— Everyone kept offering to help, but I was so tired and upset, I couldn't even tell them what I needed. All I could think was, "She has to live."