The Lubliner Family, Mt. Sinai
"Everything is going to be OK.” This is a phrase we often hear from others when we are facing difficulties. These words are meant to comfort and remind us that we will overcome whatever challenge we face. For Sound Beach native Kristen Lubliner, these words came at poignant times in her life. And at each moment, it was St. Charles nurses and staff speaking them.
“The day I was born, my mom had to take a taxi to St. Charles because my dad was at work and he was not expecting her to go into labor. I am an identical twin and twins were rare in those days. My heart rate kept dropping and I was in distress, so the doctors performed an emergency c-section. My mom said she remembers the doors of St. Charles opening and the nurses standing there smiling and telling her, 'Everything is going to be OK.' "
"My dad didn’t get there in time for my birth but my mom said that the nurses treated her like family. When my dad arrived later, the nurses had gone out of their way to put balloons in my mom’s room because the day my sister and I were born was also his birthday. They made a big deal about my sister and I being two girls because my parents thought they were having boys.”
While she heard her birth story growing up, Kristin could not have imaged that she would hear the exact same reassuring words herself soon after she gave birth to her daughter, Adelaide.
“During my stay at St. Charles, my daughter, just like my son before her, received a state-mandated newborn screening,” explained the Mt. Sinai resident.
“I recognized the labor nurse because she had also been there when I delivered my son Dominick. Her name is Susie. She came into my room as I was about to be discharged. I remember her face looking at me and I remember her kindness. She told me this is a very important test. She said, ‘It’s very rare that anybody has these diseases. But you need to bring Adelaide to your pediatrician and follow up on it.’ I always see that as the first sign.”
Kristin continued, “At just 10 days old, Adelaide was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disease called PKU. I came back to St. Charles to have the repeat screen performed. I remember having her blood work done and I was very emotional when I got the results. But the ladies in the lab calmed me down and said, “Everything is going to be OK. You’ll be fine.” I remember thinking at that time, ‘Thank God for St. Charles. Thank God I delivered in a hospital that educated me about the importance of this screen and the follow-up.’”
“Now we take care of Adelaide’s condition," said Kristin, "We see a geneticist and she has special formula. I am very thankful to St. Charles every day for doing that test and for making sure my baby received the treatment that she needed.”