Sunday, April 11, 2010

Jack's Ryan House Weekend

We spent our first weekend at Ryan House. It was everything I had hoped for and more.  How refreshing and UNstressful it was to be around caregivers who ask "how can we help you?" and "tell us how you want us to care for your child."  Quite different from my experiences with hospitals and nursing agencies where they like to tell me how they are going to care for my child. Everyone was wonderful with Jack and he had a great (and stable) weekend.

Ryan House is truly about the entire family.  Eric was in heaven (he's still asking me why we had to leave).  He loved the pool, he loved the staff and he loved the attention.  It was a remarkable weekend and one we hope to repeat soon.

Thank you Ryan House staff .... you are awesome!


Anonymous said...

An absolutely amazing place! I was weeping by the end of the slide show. I hope they can put a Ryan House in every town in the world. I'm so glad you all had a good time. Jack looks delighted to be there with a staff of attentive new friends:)

Alicia said...

Wow Ann! That place looks like a dream!

I am so very happy that you have found a place that not only will care for Jack but who actually cares ABOUT him and the rest of the family! I cried when I read the journal entries, what sweet individuals to dedicate their lives in this way!

Jack looked happy and Eric was in heaven! What a blessing Ryan House is!

worthy said...

It looks absolutely amazing Ann! Nice to see Jack's smile, he obviously enjoyed it and it looks like Eric had a ball too!

Susan said...

WOW! It looks really wonderful. I'm so proud of you for actually doing it! It looked like everyone had a great time. They seem like a such a loving group of ladies. I hope this is just the beginning of respite opportunities for your family.

Anonymous said...

Ann -

That place looks just awesome! Even more than the post of a few weeks ago. I am so glad you found the place.

I hope you and other caregivers can get some occasional respite leaving Jack alone. Scary, but I went to a seminar this weekend that said things like "Respite is a necessity - not a guilty trip!" That will be easier to accept with such a great place to use for respite.

- betty

Anne said...

Oh boo hoo. I'm like Kristy. Weeping. What a wonderful place and what wonderful people.

Katie said...

Ann, Wow, I'm just in aw looking at the pictures. What a fabulous place! I can see how much Jack loved it!! I'm writing this note and then going to bed...what a great note to end on. I'm so glad you had a nice time and I'm so happy that they are such great people and caregivers! Yeah for your entire family!! LOVE the pictures!!

ssouth said...

Yay! I'm so glad it worked out so beautifully! It seems a really incredible place. Did Jack get in the pool? Now, get thee to a weekend away ASAP!