My son was born prematurely and spent 3 weeks in the NICU.  While most of that time is a blur, several friends and family kindly helped us in large and small ways.  My mom made bag lunches of healthful foods that did not require heating, which was incredibly helpful.  If you’ve ever spent days in the hospital, you know how bored you get with the cafeteria, now matter how good it is!

That experience was also when I realized that sending non-consumable items (flowers, toys, etc) is a HUGE PAIN for the family.  Hospitals often ban flowers in ICU and other areas.  Also, when your loved one is finally released, you just can’t get out the door easily with any extra stuff.

What were thoughtful gestures that others did for you?  What kindness have you done for others in long-term hospitalization?