THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED:
****drumroll**** The Powers That Be at Random.org have chosen lucky #2 as the winner of the spa day!
Nats, you lucky girl, you’ll be heading for a spa day soon! I will contact you directly to get you your prize.
My thanks to everyone for playing along!
Anyone that knows me *in real life* and has seen me in recent months (years really) knows that there is a phrase that often comes out of my mouth that sometimes I wish I didn’t say so much. The problem is, it is completely appropriate to my family’s situation and, whatever the original use of the phrase was, it applies so well that I can’t help but use it.
What you can catch me saying so often is that “it takes a village to raise my kids.” And it’s true.
I was contacted recently and offered the chance to do a giveaway sponsored by Intermountain Moms (Intermountain Healthcare) to help let you know about their Facebook page where you can ask their nurse (a real, actual, live person) questions and get responses back. This sounded like a pretty cool idea to me, especially since I am in contact with various healthcare personnel on an all too regular basis and anything like this is right up my alley. There isn’t a day that goes by in our house when there isn’t something medical that arises for one of the kids (and the days when it is all three of them are the days I really dread!).
I don’t often do the type of a reviews where I get to tell you about places we go and love, because I don’t usually feel like it is really something that I can talk about. If you ask me to review the latest, hottest spot to go with my husband, I couldn’t even begin to answer you – that is so outside our reality right now that I want to laugh and cry a little at the same time.
However, if you want to ask me what I think of some of the local Intermountain Healthcare facilities… well, I’m your girl! I spend P-LEN-TY of time in their facilities.
In any given week I’ve been known to spend anywhere from 2 to 5 days out of the week (sometimes even all 7!) transferring my kiddos to various clinics, doctor offices and hospitals, not to mention the extra phone calls to nurses and juggling my kids various health issues. I won’t get into all their health issue details here, mostly because I’ve written about them before and that isn’t what I want to tell you about here. What I do want to do is give you a quick rundown of why, all things considered, I am actually a pretty big fan.
It has to do with people, and in my village that I mentioned, an lot of my villagers are directly linked with Intermountain Healthcare. First off, I work with fantastic – and I do mean FANTASTIC – doctors and nurses. In fact, if you ever need a recommendation for a pediatric clinic in Salt Lake I can recommend two. If you need to know where there are a couple of great labs in case you or yours kids need to have any lab or blood work done, I can tell you that too. And they are both Intermountain Healthcare facilities.
I’ve had all of my children in their hospitals (and, funny enough, none of them in the same one!). I’ve spent my recoveries in their hospitals, talking the ears off their nurses and generally pouring out my heart to them as I’ve been through two special care nurseries and one full-blown NICU (for a full month no less). And, if you want to know what my favorite things to eat in the cafeterias are, what yummy treats they have when I need a chocolate fix, and which various vending machines to keep you going are my favorites, and where the nice restrooms are in case you need a quick break, I can tell you that too.
If you happen to need to take your kids to a respiratory clinic and want to make sure you are going to work with technicians who care about you and will listen and try to make you feel at ease, I can tell you where to go for that too. You guessed it, they work for Intermountain Healthcare too.
I can also recommend a sleep clinic, a couple of wonderful cardiologists, a nutrition clinic where they can try to help you sort out how on Earth to keep what little sanity you have left while trying to get your stubborn, skinny children to eat and thrive – well, I know who those people are too.
There are even eye doctors and children’s specialists for fitting eyewear (especially for kids with Down syndrome!) that I can give you first hand recommendations on, and I can also tell you that these folks, well, they’ve got us in mind when they are figuring out all the things you may need while you are visiting one of their facilities. For instance, would you have ever thought you would go to a hospital and see a sign telling you to make sure and let a volunteer know if you need someone to just help you with an extra set of hands and hold a baby, read a child a book and just help you keep it all together. Yep, they really do have those signs, and while I haven’t actually called for a volunteer yet, just the fact that they’ve thought it through is proof in my book that they are thinking about us.
The point of all this is pretty clear in my mind, and honestly, I could ramble on about this subject forever because this is my real life and what I really know about, but I want to get down to why I’m telling you all of this.
Here is the way I see it. Every company has their downsides, and everyone will have different experiences with them, and even though there is a lot of angst out there politically about our health care system, the bottom line in my book is that in my village, I’m working with people who see the hardest things every day and can look me in the eye and see me as who I am, and not just names on a form. They are PEOPLE and they treat me like a PERSON. My experience, with my complicated and often frustrating children has happened to have been mostly with Intermountain Healthcare personnel and I have to tell you that when I said I would like to do this review, I wasn’t really expecting to get choked up about it, but now I’m sitting here tearing up and thinking about all the nurses, staff and doctors, receptionists, security personnel and volunteers who come in and out of my life while I’m trying to keep it together for my family, and it is getting to me.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years feeling underwater or in a fog, dealing with all the difficult things that have come our way, even while being grateful that they aren’t any more difficult than they are! I’ve spent more time in doctor’s offices and hospitals over the past four years than I ever thought I would in my life. Those experiences could have been a whole lot worse if I had been someplace cold and uncaring. The fact that I didn’t have that extra layer of stress to cope with hasn’t been lost on me, and I know I have the staff at those facilities to thank for that.
I figure, any company that can have so many wonderful people working for them who are able to convey their caring, concern and compassion for me and my children, with love and humor, must be doing something right.
Intermountain Moms (Intermountain Healthcare) is sponsoring this giveaway because they want to let people know about the Intermountain Moms page on Facebook where you can ask a real nurse (Nurse Dani) questions about pregnancy or children and she even often answers with a video! The page has a lot of information and videos that have great support information for new mom’s too. Most of the videos are from OBGYN’s and Pediatricians answering frequently asked questions. The page also has a community of mothers that share their stories and experiences and fans of the page are very active, engaged and quick to help each other. I think that, especially as we are now in the cold/flu season, this is a great resource for mom’s to find info about how to take care of themselves and their kids.
In fact, to help you take care of yourself Intermountain Moms (Intermountain Healthcare) is offering the following giveaway to readers here at PheMOMenon! This is a GREAT giveaway and will go a long way to helping you take care of yourself! Trust me, you can be a much better mama when you have taken some time to recharge your batteries!
Women’s Day Package at The Grand America, Salt Lake City – $370 value! The package includes:
50 min. Custom Massage
50 min. Custom Facial
4 Hours In Total
DISCLAIMER: While this post is sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare, and they are compensating me for telling you about their Facebook page, my opinions about my experiences with Intermountain Healthcare’s staff and facilities are my own in all their extensive and multi-faceted glory. I am truly grateful for my experiences with their staff, doctors and facilities and will continue to be spending much of my *free* time with them in the months and years to come as they are helping me raise my kids and keep them alive. For reals.
I will be sharing some more recipes later this week and before Thanksgiving, as I tell you about more of my villagers and remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for. I would love to hear from you in the comments about what you are grateful for, especially if it is something unexpected like the silver lining types of things in life when we are all dealing with difficult times in many ways. What keeps you going?