Amy & Abigail
As we were planning and praying for our little one, we never thought she would have such a mountain to climb. A few risk factors during my pregnancy indicated that Abigail needed to be born prematurely. During, the caesarian section, a monitor alarm sounded a moment before Abigail was born and she was rushed to the newborn intensive care unit for respiratory distress. Right after surgery, the nurse took me to see Abigail. I could see her little chest dipping in to take breathes, but she was alive, well, with only an IV for fluids.
The postpartum nurse started talking about discharge planning and I couldn’t breathe thinking I couldn’t stay with Abigail. Thankfully, a friend recommended the Ronald McDonald House.
A Ronald McDonald House volunteer called to tell me there was a guestroom available for, not just me, but my husband also, and it was inside the hospital just a short walk from the NICU elevator. That is when I could breathe again. We soon learned that Abigail tested positive for genetic conditions that would turn what was meant to be a short stay into two months and the start of Abigail’s life long journey of outshining her conditions.
The time the Ronald McDonald House gave me to care for Abigail is invaluable to her wellbeing, now and for her future. I was able to rest, eat properly, and draw on the positive energy oozing from the RMH staff and volunteers. It was eye opening to realize what a commitment it was to produce and transfer breastmilk during Abigail’s hospital stay, and the RMH served as a resource and encouragement for me to keep going. Our family will forever remember the kindness and generosity of the Ronald McDonald House.