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BL2: The toughest 13 days

Brady dives into fatherhood in the latest Truly, Saskatchewan column.

I was peed on early this morning.


If you’re a parent you know this isn’t uncommon. It’s been a while though. Just a few weeks ago, the day to day was simple.


Wake up, go to work — rinse and repeat.


Then came Rhett.


The little guy, weighing in at 4 lbs, 5 oz, has changed everything.


And without the NICU or the JPCH, I honestly don’t know where we’d be. The thought of it terrifies me.


We took a week off of the LLP, for obvious reasons. Now, slowly, we’re returning. Episode 43 allowed myself and my incredible partner a platform to thank all those involved in getting Rhett home — something we finally got to do on Oct. 29.


Those 13 days felt a helluva lot longer than they actually were. It was baby steps — literally.


The wires. The cords. The isolate. The beeps. The cries. The IVs. The needles. The poking. The prodding. The constant updates. The worry ...


... And we were one of the lucky ones.


We didn’t have to wait months for our baby to get home, we didn’t have to deal with operations, surgeries, hoping and praying things would be ok.


So, back to being peed on, this morning — I swooped out of the way, he caught me with a splash, and it all ended with a smile.


Diaper duty isn't as bad as it's cracked up to be. Our baby is growing, he's happy and he's healthy.


But for those 13 days?


Things were tough. Things are going to be tough.


But things are going to be ok.


For other families, their stay in the NICU will be longer. It’ll be tougher.


That’s why, I'm asking you, please donate to the JPCH with its far-reaching radiothon, which is wrapping up Wednesday. If you're reading this afterwards, support it any way you can.


I know how tough it was, sitting there for 13 days, or 312 hours, or 138,720 minutes, or 8,323,200 seconds.


We were one of the lucky ones — those 13 days were the longest of our lives.


Please donate, if you can. It makes a lifetime of a difference.


Trust me on this one.

 

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AUTHOR: Brady Lang


Brady Lang is currently the creator, operator and host of the Lang & LeBlanc Podcast. When he's not producing, editing, creating and running the podcast, Brady is a part of the news team at 650 CKOM in Saskatoon, anchoring on Sunday evenings for both 650 CKOM and 980 CJME, and is a reporter and web editor for ckom.com and cjme.com. He's also the public address announcer for both Men's and Women's University of Saskatchewan Huskies Hockey programs at Merlis Belsher Place.


TWITTER: @BradyLangSK

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