We are the Zimmerman family – Scott, Dakkaria, Kaiden, McKayla, Karter and our newest member, Kashtin. We love watching family movies, campfires and s’mores in the summer and eating family dinner. We were all excited when we learned our family was growing. Kashtin was born June 16, 2016. Everything throughout the pregnancy was normal and the 3D and 4D ultrasounds showed no abnormalities. Even the labor was pretty easy, but after Kashtin was born the obstetrician told us he had a cleft palate and a smaller jaw. We were shocked. Our pediatrician told us Kashtin was being send to the newborn intensive care unit at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Everything happened so fast. I kept thinking how I was going to take care of Kashtin in the NICU and continue to care for my other three kids at home. The Ronald McDonald House made that possible for me. During Kashtin’s 26-day hospital stay, we were able to have our own room in the RMH. My other 3 kids were able to stay with me and visit their baby brother. When Scott went back to work he would come straight to the RMH to shower and grab a bite to eat instead of driving all the way home. The staff at the RMH was more than helpful, friendly and amazing to us! They talked and played with the kids and listened to me vent and cray when I needed a moment.
Our favorite thing at the RMH were the family dinners. The kids loved writing on the message board and all the cookies! Since our first stay, Kashtin has had 2 surgeries. When we had to come back to the hospital we stayed at the RMH again. The RMH and everything they offer helps make the hospital experience less stressful for us and we are very thankful knowing the RMH is always there to help.