We are so incredibly happy and humbled that Colin is home safe and sound and thriving, but those days were still a challenge. At the hospital we delivered, the Children's hospital is separate from the main hospital. While I'm sure there are lots of good reasons for this, it makes it very difficult when mom and baby are patients at different hospitals. The days Colin spent in NICU, I spent racing between his bedside and my hospital room in time for medications and mandatory doctor visits. Neither Gavin or I ate or slept much and we were tired and becoming increasing frustrated with trying to understand and coordinate Colin's required care. Up until the minute we signed the release and rolled out of NICU, we weren't sure when he'd be coming home.
|Very tired momma|
In the Children's Hospital, there is a Ronald McDonald House hospitality room for patient's families. One of the few things I ate during my stay was a muffin from one of the RMDH volunteers. While I had limited interactions with them, they were always incredibly positive, helpful and friendly.
I know there are tons of fantastic charities out there, but if you are looking for a place to donate this Christmas, please consider Ronald McDonald House. I think prior to our hospital stay, I had an idea of what they did, but I had no idea what a valuable service they were providing to families facing what is likely some of their darkest days.