When Kristina and Michael’s twin girls, Abigail and Faith, were born four weeks early with
respiratory distress, they figured they lived close enough to the hospital to not have to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
After a few days of driving back and forth, their energy was spent and realized how hard it was to be home and away from their girls. They checked in to the Ronald McDonald House and were able to spend more time with their newborns.
“When I checked in to the Ronald McDonald House, I was an emotional wreck. Not from being nervous, but for being incredibly grateful.” – Kristina, mom.
While the girls stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit, Kristina and Michael were able to find rest at the House and balance their time between their twins and two sons, Braden and Karsen.
“The girls were eating every three hours. I felt torn with having two kids at home. Trying to do both was just exhausting and emotionally tolling. It was hard to commute back and forth every day. That’s why the Ronald McDonald House was a huge help. It helped with the girls and also helped with the boys because they could see me every evening. We would eat dinner together.”
During the twins NICU stay, the original thought was that Faith would be discharged sooner, but Abigail and Faith decided they needed to stay together. They both kept having episodes of apnea, a temporary pause of breathing.
On the 13th day in the NICU and Kristina and Michael’s seventh night at the Ronald McDonald House, they were able to take the twins home on heart monitors.
“Truthfully, being close to the girls by being right across the street was the best part of my stay at the Ronald McDonald House; not having to worry about the little life details…”
Today, Abigail and Faith are still on monitors but doing better than ever at home with their proud big brothers and parents.