+JMJ+ Greetings! Here we are at the second week of Lent already. I’ve made an extra effort to remember what I’m doing this time, fasting and abstinence. And I’ve managed to mostly keep to it. Mostly. Old habits are hard to break. And I’ve spent the past couple of days dealing with illness. But then I stumbled upon some videos about babies whose mothers are addicted to some serious drugs and their babies go through some awful withdrawal after they’re born. Looking at my suffering after that? No comparison. (These poor little ones really grabbed my attention and my heart this weekend. Be forewarned. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. So here’s tonight’s post.)
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Those poor kids have no idea why they’re in a world of pain. And they did nothing to bring it on or to deserve it. God bless the people helping them as they go through their intense suffering.
I found a lot of videos about the rise in babies born addicted to drugs like heroin and other opioids, and alcohol. Giving them methadone and tapering it off helps these little ones get off the stuff.
But I just realized that not all but almost all the videos I’m finding are from several years ago. Now, I cannot imagine that the problem no longer exists so I’m going to do some further digging to find out what’s happening now.
If any of y’all out there know anything, please tell us what you know in the comments below. Maybe they’ve come so far with their new way of treating these babies that they no longer make videos about it. (Spoiler alert: The secret new treatment turns out to consist of, mainly, skin on skin contact, cuddling—in a word, love. Who would have guessed?)
Video, Born on Opioids – What It’s Like
Video, Adopting A Baby With Opioid Addiction – A Painful Yet Worth-While Journey
Video, When babies are born withdrawing from opioids
Video, Number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is on rise
Offering up our suffering
Meanwhile I’m thinking of offering up my sufferings this Lent, and beyond, for these poor babies and their mothers, and the wonderful medical teams and volunteers who are giving of themselves to help them. Now I grew up not ever hearing of such a thing as offering up my suffering so I had no idea how to do this when I began looking into Catholicism.
Video, Fr. James Brent, O.P. on “Offer it Up”
Thanks for visiting the blog and reading. May we grow in holiness and virtue in this Lenten season, and, by His grace, become the saints the Lord intends us to be. God bless you, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+
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Notes and Links
- What Is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) via WebMD.
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome via the NEJM.
- Salvifici Doloris, On The Christian Meaning Of Human Suffering, by Pope John Paul II.
- Note: I am not explaining away these babies’ suffering or blaming anyone for it, I’m saying that we can offer our suffering to help these babies and their mothers. We can offer our suffering for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls, for anybody, for everybody. (Except demons. There’s no helping demons, even though someone argued with me about that not too long ago. But that’s a subject for another post.)
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As a pharmacist I deal with many people on opoid programs and the like. I see many are just born unfortunate with this condition. It is very hard for them to stay off these drugs. I believe ech one of us have their own struggles. God bless your service
We do, indeed. I saw in some recent videos (I hope I linked those in the post, I’ll have to see if I did) that at least now the babies can receive treatment before they go home and if they receive human touch and love as part of their treatment, they can recover quickly and with less medical intervention. I found that fascinating. The adults seem to have a harder time. God bless you for your service, too. And thanks for reading and commenting.
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