Long-term Hospitalization

I’ve talked about Zuri’s condition and about some of the treatment she has received, but what about the other people Zuri’s condition has displaced? What is living out of a hospital like? Honestly, it’s not that bad. Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather be home. I yearn to mow the lawn for the first time since…before I first mowed a lawn. But there are some perks to Seattle Children’s Hospital that make me miss home a little less than I would, I imagine. For example, I am writing this from a brewery that is directly across the street from my daughters first I.C.U. room. Check it out….


It’s alright sometimes. Its inconsistent, but if you don’t mind that kind of thing, it’s an ok place to get a pint. Haven’t tried the other brewery a couple blocks down yet. Maybe they are better at the art of conversation….

Also, I cannot thank the Ronald McDonald house enough. The service they provide is top notch, if you can get in (we were on the top priority list and waited a month and a half). I’m sure the experience varies between houses. But our experience has been very positive. One thing I must mention is, with few exceptions, the staff is quite kind and welcoming which makes a big difference when your spirits are down.

There is always an event for every holiday. There was an Independence Day water fight in the park, and a video game event put on by a non-profit organization, where kids of any age can come play super smash brothers and eat sandwiches from Panera bread. They were doing it just because. It was so awesome. The kid in me really enjoyed pwning noobs using Pokémon trainer.

Last but not least, the services and events within the hospital itself. For example, volunteers will play with your kids for two hours every day. It’s great for when you need to finish some laundry, catch up on work emails, or go grocery shopping. Another is the family resource center, which has hygiene products, massages for parents and color printing services. I don’t use them much, but they are there if you need them. Other volunteers sometimes cart around free Starbucks randomly during the week. An announcement will let you know where they are in the hospital. Finally, games and toys for your children. Not just for your sick child but each and every one of your kids will receive idiotic amounts of toys. We have started telling people to please, stop, giving!

There is is much more I could go on about, but I think I will save that for a post called “ Hospital Life-Hacks” as in, “cool things I’ve learned while staying here that has made my life easier.”


Stefann Paddock