A Ronald McDonald House Family Message

Dear Friend,

It was a day like any other or so I thought. I was 24 weeks pregnant and headed to school to teach my fifth grade class. As the day progressed, I started to not feel well. My doctor asked me to come in to be seen. My blood pressure was so high that I was immediately admitted to the hospital. There, they were able to stabilize me so that I could be flown to a hospital where I could receive the specialized care that I needed. Two days later I gave birth to my daughter Eowyn. She weighed less than one pound.

Eowyn spent the next 270 days of her life in the hospital. I was right by her side because I spent 265 of those days at the Ronald McDonald House Morgantown. Without the Ronald McDonald House, my husband, Robert, and I would have traveled 2 ½ hours every day to see our daughter.

The Ronald McDonald House was a lifesaver for us. It gave us a calm place to rest our head at night, to get a hot meal and to do our laundry.

The laundry was my favorite part. The nurses at the hospital gave me the option to wash Eowyn’s blankets and little personal belongings. I loved doing that because it gave me a sense of being a mom. Doing my daughter’s laundry while she was in the hospital was the best thing for me. It gave me a sense of purpose.

Today, my strong daughter is two-years-old. She now weighs 23 pounds and is starting to army crawl. We still travel to see her physicians, and at times need to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. But it does not matter if we are spending the night or are there for a daytime appointment, we always make time to say hello to our friends at the Ronald McDonald House.

Allegra Hensley