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November 19, 2010 Michiru Iizuka Miho Nakamura

In this episode, we talked to Ms. Iizuka (from Kanagawa Prefecture) and Ms. Nakamura (from Shizuoka Prefecture) about their stay at the RMH Setagaya in early September.
Ms. Iizuka: I was informed of an abnormality in the fetus before my daughter was even born. She was diagnosed with “arachnoid cyst” after an examination at the National Center for Child Health and Development, and had an approximately 3-inch tumor-like growth in middle of her head. She also developed West syndrome, which is a type of intractable epilepsy, due to the cyst and underwent surgery in February. Further testing also revealed a “nasal cavity tumor”, which meant that she required another surgery. Each of these times, I stayed at the House.
Ms. Nakamura: I also found an abnormality in the fetus in a sonogram when I was 5-months pregnant. I was informed that my baby was suspected to have congenital diaphragmatic hernia, in which his organs were shifting toward his lungs due to a hole in the diaphragm that separates the lungs and organs. My son was safely born in February, but was immediately connected to a ventilator and underwent surgery the next day to return his organs to their original positions.
He has been in the hospital for this approximately half year, ever since he was born, but has finally had the ventilator removed and will be discharged from the hospital in mid-September. For the first time, I will be able to take him home to Hamamatsu!
Ms. Iizuka: This House has been a great help to me. At first I did not know about the House and stayed in the hospital ward with my daughter. I slept, or rather napped, on a small cot by my daughter’s bed. It was when I was thinking that I had approached my limit to staying with my child, when I heard about the House from another mother in the hospital and immediately went to apply for a room. I was surprised by the very tidy, clean, and spacious facilities.
Ms. Nakamura: I also was surprised when I first came to the House. I was worried about the facilities when I heard that one night costs 1,000 yen, but there was a warm atmosphere from the moment I walked in. It was a comfort to return from the hospital since the same staff members were always at the House. If the House was not here, I probably would have rented a weekly apartment and felt lonely as I went to and came back from the hospital every day.
Ms. Iizuka: It is nice that there are many families who are in the same situation, staying at the House. It helps me feel that I am not alone and I can share my story with other families.
Ms. Nakamura: I also have a daughter who is staying with me. She is 2 years older than my hospitalized son. I can not take a 2 year-old to the hospital with me. So I often ask for babysitter service offered by the House. At first she had trouble getting used to stay at the hospital, but now she is very much enjoying her stay. She really looks forward to playing with the babysitter.
Ms. Iizuka: When your child was first admitted to the hospital, didn’t you feel that we are privileged to be able to lead a normal life, sleeping in a bed, taking a bath whenever you choose, using the washer and dryer without restrictions? By staying at the House, you can be right next to your child’s hospital and still have all of those wishes come true.
Ms. Nakamura: Exactly! The House is quite simply your home. You can stay at the House in the same comfort as in your own home. I am very grateful than I can stay at the House.

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