This letter is long overdue! Miss Stacey has been taking care of Mila since she was 4 months old at The Children’s Workshop in Providence. When I was still so nervous to leave my fragile baby with anyone else but someone I knew. From the moment I met her I knew she was in great hands with Miss Stacey. The first 18 months of Mila’s life have been a rollercoaster ride! Mila was born with a congenital heart defect called Truncus Arteriosus which I found out at my 20 week ultrasound. Mila was also diagnosed with Deletion 22Q Syndrome about 2 months after birth. 22Q deletion is an immunodeficiency disease and children with this syndrome have many developmental delays. Mila was transferred from Woman and Infants at just a few hours old to Boston Children’s Hospital and had open heart surgery at 5 days old. She spent the first 22 days of her life at Boston Children’s Hospital. That was only the beginning!
In the first 18 months of Mila’s life, Mila has had 2 open heart surgeries, 2 cardiac catherizations, a 9 day ICU stay fighting RSV, repeated bronchiolitis episodes, many E.R. visits, a bronchoscopy, ear tubes, early intervention, physical therapy every other week, she meets regularly with a geneticist, immunologist, pulmonologist, etc…..It definitely has not been easy!!! Mila is obviously not your average baby and luckily for us, Miss Stacey is not your average daycare provider! This woman has gone above and beyond for my daughter. Miss Stacey has given Mila her breathing treatments on a daily basis, worked very closely with Mila’s physical therapist to get Mila walking( which by the way didn’t happen until she hit 22 months old), came to the ICU to visit Mila when she had RSV, etc. etc... On top of all that stuff most importantly she showed Mila lots of love and attention!
As a single mom to Mila and her 10 year old sister Asia, these past few years have been a challenge for me to hold down a full time job as a medical secretary, be a full time single mom, juggle all Mila’s doctor’s appointments & many emergency room visits all while staying sane was very, very hard for me. Whether Miss Stacey knows it or not she would give me the push I needed when it came to Mila’s health when sometimes I just wanted to give up, Miss Stacey kept me on my toes! Miss Stacey has become almost like a 2nd mom to Mila. Because of Mila’s health, she and I have a very special bond and I very rarely left her with anyone. Miss Stacey made me feel so content that I was able to go to work and perform my job without worrying about Mila. I never once questioned anything when she was at daycare. I did not know Miss Stacey from a hole in the wall before Mila attended TCW but she has almost become like family to us. She did not have to go out of her way like she did. I understand part of what she did was her job, but all the extra she did really should be recognized. We all work hard every day, when it is noticed it makes us better employees. Not that Miss Stacey could get any better because she is the best, but she is absolutely an asset to The Children’s Workshop! I could never thank her enough for the care she gave my Mila or the comfort she gave me! Thank you so much Miss Stacey for loving my baby the way you did and do (and we all know she loves you right back), you will always hold a special place in my heart for that!! Mila has finally transitioned to the toddler class now and we are going to miss, Miss Stacey very, very much!