Our journey began when our son Levi came into this world unexpectedly at 14 weeks early, weighing 2 pounds 7.5 ounces and only 13 1/4 inches long. Only a couple short days into his life we learned he had developed an intraventricular bilateral grade 4 hemorrhage (brain bleed) that was continuing to get worse every day.
His dad and I wanted nothing more than to be by his side 24 hours a day, but unfortunately living 45 minutes away from Sparrow’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit made the first few days of our journey stressful and emotionally draining.
The doctors decided our little miracle was going to need a reservoir placed into the ventricle in his brain to relieve some pressure, so at that moment we decided to go for it and try to spend a couple nights at the House so we could be there with him and only seconds away if needed.
The staff was amazing, welcoming and always a phone call away if we needed anything. Having a warm meal, shower and a comfortable place to lay our heads at night was very comforting and made things in our lives at that time a whole lot easier! It was a very peaceful feeling to look out our bedroom window at the House and see the hospital where our sweet boy was receiving treatment. Having other families and mothers there to talk to who were going through the same thing also made the days a little easier.
We ended up spending 86 days in the Ronald McDonald House, and I just can’t even begin to express how wonderful the House is! It was an absolute blessing.
Each year, the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan opens our doors – as well as our hearts – to more than 200 families. Without the House, many families would be faced with few alternatives. That’s why it’s so important that the House is here to provide them with a warm, comfortable, affordable and safe place to stay while their children are hospitalized.
On behalf of all the hospitalized children that trust us to care for their families so their families can best take care of them, thank you for your generous support!