by bufferroo (10 Posts), Wed Feb 25, 2004 06:08 am
It's actually not so bad being here. It brings back a lot of memories, but not all of them are so horrible, and I have a lot of opportunity to speak with new parents of preemies and share my experience. When my daughter was in the NICU, a family friend gave me her granddaughter's scrap book (her granddaughter was also a preemie). It gave me a lot of hope and comfort, and so I try to do the same. The NICU where my daughter was is no longer in use; they have a new facility now, so at least I don't have to see the same room and isolette...
Also, they now have a wall of fame, pictures of all their preemies that parents have sent in (some of them are in their 30's now!), which I find comforting in a lot of ways. So sometimes it kind of feels like being home. (Let's face it, I still know a lot of the staff, and I like to drop in on the social worker and the labor delivery dept on occasion just to say hi...).
I work here as an admin assistant for the head of the Centre for Functional Genomics and the Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. It's not my dream job but I'm a single parent and it'll pay the bills until I finally finish my PhD in Social Psych (although with tuition costs being so high this may never happen, grumble grumble[:(!]).
Dundas and Royal York is a terrific neighbourhood, no wonder you have fond memories of TO! My first living experience there was in the gay village, which was a blast, but the apartments are notoriously full of cockroaches, and I only needed to see one before I broke my lease and headed northeast to the Leaside Towers in East York. We were right on the ravine along the Don River, near Sunnybrook park and Ontario Place. It was terrific.
Bonnie, I also went (still go, actually) to U of T! It's great that you get to come back so often (I have a lot of friends just north of the GTA... nice housing out there!). Isn't Second Cup's white hot chocolate just to die for? They sell it in packages now, so you can always stock up the next time you come!![:D]