“Stepping into the House felt like the first moment things started to go right”
When their son James was hospitalised, Jenny and Glen stayed nearby at a hotel before moving to a Ronald McDonald House. Here they explain the stark contrast between the two.
GUEST BLOGGERS: JENNY AND GLEN
Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is invaluable. When our son, James, needed surgery on his skull at just 10 months old, we were frightened but knew it was the right thing to do. Despite our worries, stepping into the House felt like the first moment things started to go right for our family.
Before we were offered a room at the House, we had to stay at a hotel. Trying to eat breakfast on the morning of James’ operation with other guests, who had no idea what was going on, was incredibly hard. It was difficult watching everyone else get on with their life like normal, when ours wasn’t.
That is one of the brilliant things about the House. You are able to meet families who are in similar boats. Although people are facing a variety of different conditions and problems, The House really has something for all of the family.
When we were given a room at the House, it was a huge weight off our minds. We couldn’t believe how amazing it was and how brilliant the facilities were. We were so grateful that the House was just a few minutes from the hospital. It meant we could leave whenever we wanted, even in pyjamas, to be with James and no one would question it.
The House really has something for all of the family. Our daughter Megan especially liked looking through the vast amount of books that were there! It was just brilliant to have a base where we could cook meals and stay together as a family, as eating out at restaurants whilst all of this was going on was the last thing we wanted to do.
Thanks to the House we were able to be with James all the time. Staying there meant we had a sense of security, from both the House and the hospital, and it offered us flexibility and comfort.
Thankfully James’ recovery was smooth and I am very, very grateful we were able to stay somewhere as brilliant as the Ronald McDonald House Birmingham during such a challenging time for our family.