Petersen Family

Petersen Family Story

When our son was hospitalized for three weeks due to a life-threatening injury, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at EIRMC helped us in unimaginable ways. We were provided a room to stay in so my husband and I could more easily take turns being with our son. It was nice to have a bed to sleep in and get better quality of sleep, especially knowing getting back to his room would only take a few minutes if our son’s status changed instead of the 45 minutes it would have taken if coming from home.

In addition to the room, we were provided meals and snacks and we always knew there would be food available when we needed it. It was nice to not have to wonder where the next meal was coming from or to have to take time away from our son to go buy food somewhere.

All the staff members were involved in checking in with us and keeping track of our son’s progress. Our son’s victories and setbacks were not only our victories and setbacks, but also the staff members.

There was one thing that really stood out to me was when I went to my room for the first night. I hadn’t slept much the night before and was still emotional with the freshness of the accident. It was incredibly difficult to leave my son’s room, but I knew I couldn’t be a support to him without sleep. When I entered the room, there was a beautiful, bright quilt on the bed. I felt loved and cared about and it made a big difference that I didn’t know I needed. All my physical needs were being met but adding that quilt made it feel more like home. We were humbled by the many donations from the community that contributed to making our situation a little easier. We will never be able to fully express our gratitude to all who made this service possible.

~ Petersen family  |  Twin Falls, ID  |  21 nights at the Ronald McDonald Family Room