October 25, 2006

My 6-year-old nephew Ethan is in the hospital right now. He has suffered damage to his heart, and he will be in the Pediatric ICU until he gets a heart transplant. In the meantime, he is on a steady dose of medication that is keeping him stable.

When my parents and I visited Ethan last night, he was watching Sponge Bob Squarepants on a personal DVD player and begging his dad to give him chips. It was easy to forget that he was as ill as he is, until you looked at the tubes attached to him or heard the machines beeping suddenly.

I cannot imagine being in his position, much less my his parents’. On my way home from the hospital last night, all I could think was, “What else can I do? What would I want somebody to do for me?” But my mind was blank. It’s unfathomable to me.

Today I’m asking you to say a prayer or think a good thought for him and his family. It may not seem like much, but at least it’s something.


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