I was admitted to the hospital at 25 weeks, being diagnosed with Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. After being on bed rest for 7.5 weeks, my placenta was failing and she was not getting enough nutrients through the umbilical cord. The doctors decided to induce me and Sadie was born 7.5 weeks early weighing 3.6 pounds at 16 ¾ inches long where she would spend the next 4 weeks in the NICU.
The social worker at Mercy informed our family of the Ronald McDonald House where we could stay after being released since we were 2.5 hours away from home.
From the moment we stepped foot inside the door, the staff/volunteers where extremely welcoming and very helpful. We learned very quickly just how amazing the Ronald McDonald House was; from the staff, to the volunteers, the meals provided, the laundry facility on site and even a play room for children, (Which our 1 year old daughter LOVED very much!) For this being our home away from home, we met some amazing people and have been able to build some friendships too.
“Without the Ronald McDonald House, we would not have been able to spend every day with our daughter in the NICU. We were able to watch all of her milestones within that 4 weeks, from losing her IV, her first bath, getting dressed for the first time, being able to feed her for the first time with a bottle, and also the removal of her feeding tube.”
The words THANK YOU will never be enough to express our gratitude and appreciation for all you have done for our family. We have been excited to share our story with our family/friends/community and tell them about how wonderful the opportunity was, how nice the facility was, and most importantly, how AMAZING the staff/volunteers were. Without you guys, none of this would be possible for families like us. I hope you honestly know how much we appreciate each and every one of you, and know how truly important you are in our lives. We can’t wait to get back up on our feet and be able to give back to such a wonderful organization/community.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for opening up your house to bring our family in. We are forever grateful.
Jaclyn, Brandon, Natalee and Sadie Hoover
Update: Since we have been home, Sadie has gained almost 2 pounds and has grown almost 2 inches. She is eating well, and working on getting her days and nights straightened out! Natalee is learning to share her mom with her baby sister, but also loves to keep an eye on her when she is sleeping. We are very happy to be home as a family of 4, especially after a long 3 months in the hospital.