On getting better

The PICU is a very high-tech place — full of machinery that helps sick children breathe better, assists their hearts to beat better, and helps their kidneys do their job. The PICU room of a sick child can be stuffed with machines that flash, beep, and bing. We also have an array of monitoring devices that tell us how a child’s organs are doing. They alert us to when there are problems. They also give us evidence of when things are improving.

The interesting thing, though, is that often the first signs of improvement do not come from any of the machinery. Often an experienced eye — especially a parent’s eye — can sense that things are just better. The child simply looks better. There is no monitoring device that can replace that experienced eye.


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