We received word early this morning that we had been approved for a room at the Ronald McDonald house across the street from Children’s. We are familiar with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) because of our 51- day stay in Mobile and are forever grateful for the generosity and compassion of the staff and volunteers. I never realized just how important charities like RMHC were for families like us. Chris and I have already made plans to volunteer our time and cook for families at the RMHC in Mobile to thank the organization for the blessing of providing us a place to stay during the worst time of our lives.
Our rehab team also came around this morning and gave us the news that we would be transferring to intensive OUTPATIENT therapy beginning tomorrow! Annadelle will keep a very similar therapy schedule (OT at 10:00am and PT at 1:00pm) but will not be required to stay in the hospital. Now all three of us will be able to sleep in an actual bed at the Ronald McDonald house and walk across the street for daily therapy!
We snuck over to RMHC late this afternoon to get acquainted with the house and to grab us a free bite to eat. Different groups volunteer their time and donate meals to families staying at RMHC each day. This is such a blessing to the families staying, as we estimate we have spent between $50-$100 a day on food alone. It is also nice to be able to sit at a table and eat with your family, something we have not been able to do in quite some time. If you are looking for a cause to support, I would definitely recommend Ronald McDonald house charities.
We also received a visit from our pastor, Michael Cox, and wife Sharon. We have missed seeing them each Sunday (and Wednesday) since our move to Orange Beach. They visited with us for a bit and prayed over Annadelle for complete healing. I am confident God is going to heal her completely, allowing her story to serve as a testimony to so many others. She has already defied the odds and baffled many doctors. There is no doubt how much more is in store for our little princess.
We are excited to transition to our outpatient stay tomorrow. We will have to ask about getting a shower chair before we leave because RMHC does not have a tub. It is a small stand-up shower, unlike the room we had in Mobile. We have already received our rental wheelchair. We are hoping Annadelle will be walking long before we head back home, saving us the process of getting her another wheelchair once we are back in Orange Beach. In PT today, Annadelle was able to stay standing with moderate assistance. She was also able to crawl on her hands and knees with maximum assistance, a drastic improvement from just a week ago when getting on her hands and knees resulted in total chaos.
We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go. Please continue to include our sweet girl in your prayers tonight.