Saturday, March 7, 2009
Our biggest concern today, in addition to Eric's weight (he hasn't gained any), his appetite (he's still not eating a lot), his strength (he's still so weak) and his on-going though tolerable shortness of breath, is Eric's state of mind. It's not surprising that he's depressed, who wouldn't be? He's been in the same room, looking at the same walls, away from his home, his own room and bed, his brother, his friends, school, soccer, quiz bowl, band, church, everything he loves, for over a month now. I'm not saying he hasn't made progress. Certainly, he has. It's just hard for us, being here every day, and especially hard for Eric, to see the small changes because it's happening so slowly. We all need patience. Eric's still too weak to entertain many visitors, but he does enjoy a few regulars. His math teacher and soccer coach come and give him encouraging pep talks. And he did request a good friend to come visit later today. Please pray for Eric to have the physical as well as mental fortitude he needs to get through this, to recover and heal, and to return to some sense of normalcy.