The Crisis Nursery gave Sarah the answer she needed. The 34-year-old Rochester woman, raising 2-year-old, Pearl, on her own, is living with multiple sclerosis and suffers from seizures. She never knew how to respond when asked, “What are you going to do with Pearl when you have a seizure? What are you going to do with Pearl when you can’t walk that day?”
“There were always holes in my answers,” Sarah says.
Earlier this year, Sarah suffered a 20-hour seizure. When she woke up in the hospital, the Crisis Nursery Manager was there.
“She said, ‘We can help you,’” says Sarah. “’When you’re sick, when you have your infusions, we can help you. You can drop off your daughter, so you can be sick.’”
The Crisis Nursery delivers free, temporary childcare during emergencies when families have limited or no other options. While Sarah has an excellent, loving support system, her medical needs require additional help.
She says Pearl loves to run and play at the Crisis Nursery, giving the 2-year-old the freedom to be a kid and Sarah the safety net she needs as a parent.“I don’t want Pearl to see me during a seizure and get scared, and the Crisis Nursery is a great place to put her while everyone is running around helping me,” Sarah says.
“Instead of feeling like I’m a good mom only 99 percent of the time, I can feel like I’m 100 percent capable of taking care of my daughter because now I have the Crisis Nursery.”