"Our time in hospital was made so much easier and less stressful because of the House"
Guest Blogger: Vicki Sinden
Jack was born with melopic craniosynostisis, which is where the two plates in the skull meet in the middle of the forehead. Jack needed surgery to correct the skull shape in order to give his brain the room to grow, otherwise he would have suffered from intercranial pressure which could cause development and behavioural problems and brain damage.
The surgery went as smoothly as it could, and the operation took five and a half hours. Once he came around he was quite grumpy and slept a lot for the first day. On day two his face became swollen, but this was normal. His recovery was very quick and by day four he was running around like nothing had happened!
Having a room at Ronald McDonald House Oxford was so important as it gave myself and my husband somewhere we could get some quality sleep away from the noise. When Jack was well enough it also meant we could all escape the ward and have some family fun time together.
The facilities at the House were a godsend, when Jack was in theatre and on the ward it was so comforting to know we were in the building if the nurses and doctors needed us and only a phone call away. The kitchen was so useful as Jack has multiple serious allergies. It was so handy to have a freezer available where I could keep Jacks meals ready and nearby.
Our time in hospital was made so much easier and less stressful because of the House - we haven’t had to worry about costs of hotels near by, travelling time or getting stuck in traffic.
We hadn’t heard of the Charity before but we are so glad we now do, so much so that my husband Scott is raising money for the House by competing in the Tough Mudder Run on the 20 August 2016.
This was a very stressful time which was made easier by having these rooms and also by having conversations with the staff who seem such lovely people. Thank You!