Just like all expectant mothers, I had visions of a magical and joyous birth event to welcome Hanson into the world. My husband and I found out that our baby had a congenital heart defect at our 30 week ultrasound. We chose to have a planned cesarean in Lexington’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital so he could be placed in the arms of qualified surgeons immediately.
We knew being close to his bed in the NICU was going to be essential, but in our planning we didn’t think that far ahead to consider where we would stay.
We were unable to hold Hanson for several days after his birth and surgery but we could see him, touch him, read to him, sing to him, and love him with all our hearts. I truly believe he knew we were there for him.
This time was an emotional roller coaster filled with uncertainty and disorientation. Thankfully, God placed some very special people in our path to help ease some of the hurt and worry.
From the moment we walked through the front doors of the Ronald McDonald House, we knew it was special. While it was great to have a place so close to the hospital where our whole family could stay together, we soon realized this was SO MUCH MORE than a house.
The staff and volunteers made us feel like we were the most important guests that had ever stayed there. It wasn’t until later that we found out they make all the guests feel that way.
My husband and I sincerely hope that you will never need the accommodations that the Ronald McDonald House provides, but if you did, know that you WILL be well taken care of.