In the Summer of 2016 we went in for an ultrasound. My favorite ultrasound tech noticed something that didn't seem right and got another tech and doctor to take a look. They spotted what appeared to be a mass on our little boy's heart and decided to send me down to
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for a level 2 ultrasound. There they found something on the baby's heart that required the expertise of specialists from
Nationwide Children's Hospital. The doctors came up with a game plan that meant our little man would be taken to Nationwide Children's to have tests run as soon as he was born. A coworker of mine suggested asking if we could get a room at the
Ronald McDonald House across from Nationwide Children's.
On August 6, 2016 Gideon James came into this world at a whopping 9 lbs. 5 oz. At first, he got to stay with me at OSU in their NICU. Sadly, the next morning I received a phone call that they needed to transport him to Nationwide Children's. A nurse rolled me down to say goodbye only to see he was already strapped into his transportation gear and I only got to hold his hand from the opening of the carrier.
I was incredibly relieved that my Mom was given a room at the Ronald McDonald House while my husband stayed with me at the hospital.
A few days later, I was discharged from the hospital and was able to move in with my husband and mom at the Ronald McDonald House. It was nothing like what I had expected. The House was warm and inviting. Everyone was so kind and helpful from the moment we walked in the doors. The volunteers who came in to cook meals for families were friendly and took the stress away of having to worry about food. The beds were comfy and having a hot shower to freshen up in our own private room was wonderful. A few days before all of us were able to head back to our hometown my mother in law brought our daughter down to us so she could join in and spend time with her brother. The house definitely won her over too with the various rooms she could explore and play in. By far her favorite thing was when she was invited to a princess party in the princess room. She still gleams that she got to dress like a princess and keep her princess dress. Now she insists on trying to go back with us every time we have to go Columbus.
Gideon was officially diagnosed during his stay in the NICU with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Luckily for us, two of his doctors from Nationwide come to our local hospital so we can utilize them from the comforts of our hometown. However, we still need to make visits to Nationwide Children's every six to eight weeks. We have become frequent guests at the Ronald McDonald House. The last two trips to the Ronald McDonald House, our church has collected
that we can bring as our way to say thank you for being there for us. Our daughter who is now 6 does her part by
collecting pop tabs
to send with us as well.
The Ronald McDonald house has been a huge blessing to my family, and I know it will continue to be. I encourage anyone to help by collecting tabs like our 6 year old does, collecting items off their wish list, volunteering to cook a meal, or making crafts with the families. You will touch the lives of all who enter the House.