We were so thankful to stay at Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta in March 2015. Our little boy, Zayden, had been born with Tongue-Tie – when the lingual frenum is too short, restricting mobility of the tongue – and it need to be clipped right away in order for him to feed. Zayden needed extra special care in the NICU while he healed. At first, he was fed through a feeding tube and then eventually by alternating feeding tube and bottle.
While excited, this progression occurred over an extended period of time. We were staying with family in Innisfail, as we have two other children, and I was concerned about the drive back and forth to the hospital every two hours for feedings, especially as I recovered from the C-section. It was a stressful time for us all. I had heard of Ronald McDonald House but wasn’t sure who was eligible to stay. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about any of that as nurses at the hospital had already phoned ahead and made arrangements with the House.
Words cannot describe this House! It’s welcoming and comfortable and the staff are so friendly! Our girls felt completely at ease eating snacks in the dining room and taking part in the fun activities they had planned – because we were there over Easter, they even had an Easter Egg Hunt. There were home-cooked meals everyday so we never had to worry about food. Even when we returned to the House late, there were always leftovers for us. When your world seems like a blur, it’s the little things that make all the difference.
We were so grateful to have such an amazing facility in Red Deer and it still holds a special place in our hearts. We make sure to donate every March as a way to say thank you for our time there to everyone who made the House possible.