“I will never forget June 4, 2012. What started out as routine lab work turned into a life changing experience. As I was getting a stress test for baby, there was a dip in her heart rate. I was rushed to labor and delivery where further monitoring was to be continued. I was shocked and scared when the nurse told me I was going to be rushed to Madigan Hospital in Tacoma. I was prepped with a catheter and given a shot. I arrived at the hospital at 7:33pm and 3 hours later underwent an emergency C-section due to a serious case of preeclampsia. The life of my baby and I depended on it. I was only 31 weeks pregnant at the time and I was scared for the myself and the baby, as you can imagine.
After the whole ordeal of delivery was over, I was left overwhelmed. I wondered how I would travel from Port Orchard to Tacoma daily (a 45-minute drive) after a C-section. The toll fees were set to go up to $5.00 and gas was $4.85 a gallon. This would carry a heavy burden on our family, for I already had 3 children ages 14, 8, and 3 years old. Luckily my doctor mentioned the Fisher House. I was reluctant at first, but later decided it would be best. My husband did the paperwork and came back with a smile. He said, “It’s like a bed and breakfast.” When I arrived and saw the Fisher House, I thought it was beautiful. It was like a home. The landscape was beautiful. The playground was something I imagined the kids playing in during the day. The office lady was friendly and it put my mind at ease. The room was furnished with a TV, desk, cozy bed, and other basic needs. There is a laundry room. The kitchen was spacious and stocked with everything you need and more. I could have space for my own personal food and snacks. People came and delivered a meal once a week. I received a complimentary massage that just happened to be on my birthday.
The other guests made me feel at home. We all shared our stories as to how we came to the Fisher House and we provided emotional support for each other during our stay. I will forever be grateful for the staff and other guests present at the Fisher House. Thank you for those who make the Fisher House possible.”
Mrs. Judith Maits