A second home for the Gonzalez family

Where to begin…

My husband and I had gone through various fertility treatments and I had lost hope. On June 23rd, I had my first positive test. I was so excited for the greatest blessing in life. My pregnancy was a breeze. I never had any nausea or morning sickness, I felt great until I was 25 weeks pregnant. I started having contractions. Scared, and not knowing what was normal, I went to the doctor’s office on three occasions and received a different diagnosis each time. My contractions kept getting worse so I decided to go to labor and delivery. Doctors attempted to stop my contractions, but could not figure out what was wrong. They decided the best solution was to transfer me to the St. Luke’s hospital in Boise, which is two hours from our home. I was life-flighted that same night.

In Boise, the doctors did a test on my amniotic fluid and discovered that I had developed Chorio, which is a bacterial infection. I was told I had to deliver my baby. I did not know if my son was going to survive, he still had 15 more weeks to come to full term. Our son Arturo was born November 16, 2017 at 10:15 p.m. He weighed 2 lbs 1 oz and was 13.9 inches long. I was not able to hold my son, they had to take him away to put him in an incubator. I remember feeling so hopeless and heartbroken. It tore us to see our little one with wires everywhere and a ventilator in his tiny mouth breathing for him. We never imagined being in this situation.

While my husband and I were waiting in postpartum, we thought “Where we going to stay?” We couldn’t drive back and forth. I was not going to leave my baby, I could not leave him. Thankfully the night nurse told us about the Ronald McDonald House. I remember walking in the House for the first time. We were greeted with a smile and welcomed. We were given a tour, and let me tell you, this House is a home away from home. They have everything you need and more.

After our tour we were taken to our room, inside were some gifts welcoming us; a stuffed animal, travel size shampoos, body wash, toothbrushes. Things that we needed since we didn’t have time to grab anything from home. Also a diaper bag with a whole bunch of baby items. My husband and I looked at each other and cried. We felt such a relief knowing that we had a place to stay and didn’t have to worry about anything besides our child.

Having stayed around 120 days, the Idaho RMH became my second home. It was always nice to come to a warm cooked meal after a roller coaster of emotions from the hospital. These meals were made by wonderful volunteers. The staff always makes sure that you are doing alright and if you need anything. They absolutely show that they love what they do and care for the well-being of the families. They offer passes to the gym, zoo, parks, and various activities around Boise. It was a blessing in disguise, as my husband and I spent the major holidays in the RMH last year. We were there for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day and we finally got to go home after St. Patrick’s Day. We can’t thank enough the families that came out to volunteer and make dinner. Or to all the people who donate toys and gift baskets made for the families. RMH for me was such a support, I would talk to other families going through similar situations and we would talk our way through it. I made some amazing friends through the process.

My son is almost one and he is thriving. Our family thanks you for keeping us together. All of this would not be possible without the help of our community. To all the donations no matter how big or small, it sure goes a long way.

Eternally grateful,

The Gonzalez family

Buhl, Idaho

Because of the donations made through our Share A Night program, we are able to help families like the Gonzalez family. The last thing families of sick children should have to worry about is where to sleep and whether or not they can be together during such a difficult time.

Even just $10 can provide a one-night stay for a family. Please consider donating to our Share A Night program and give the gift of togetherness this holiday season.