So, you’ve read the story of Eric’s hospitalization and the one about his rare condition,
but you haven’t heard the details about all the wonderful people
who helped us through this very difficult time.
First, and foremost, my husband:
Nathaniel stayed calm and collected throughout this ordeal.
When Eric was choking and turning blue, Nathaniel was able to keep his wits about him
and do everything he could think of to get that piece of watermelon
to move so that our boy could breathe.
That night, he took care of everyone so that I could tend to Eric.
The next day, he used his lunch break from work to watch the kids
so that I could take Eric to the doctor.
Then, on Wednesday, he raced to the ER to be with me and Eric.
He moved my car because I couldn’t find a place to park
and brought us dinner, even though I couldn’t eat it.
He stayed calm under the pressure of being questioned by social services
and even sought out lawyers in our area, just in case.
The following day, he got us breakfast and forced me to eat a little something,
picked up the kids to take them to another friend’s house
and went to our pediatrician to get Eric’s xrays,
which helped bring our baby home.
He supported our family through this terrible situation
and was my rock throughout it all.
When we got home, he fed the kids dinner and put them all to bed,
while I passed out to sleep with Eric.
The following morning he went out and got us all donuts
(and even a special iced mocha for me).
Yesterday, he took all the kids our for a few hours,
picked me up lunch and went grocery shopping
(and brought home flowers).
Seriously, I am tearing up even thinking about it,
I could not have gotten through this without him.
He is the most wonderful husband and father.
I am blessed beyond belief to have this man to walk beside me in life.
Our friends who watched the children while we were at the hospital:
My dear friend, Megan, offered to watch the children all day Wednesday because she knew how little sleep I had been getting and that I just needed some rest.
I was able to take a morning nap with Eric and then take him to the doctor that afternoon. Little did we know at the time that she and her husband would be watching our children for a full 24 hours.
Since we were in the ER until midnight, Megan and Jeremiah put our four children and their two children to bed. Six kids age eight and under! What a job!
Then, while we were in the hospital, our friend, Mary, took the children for the rest of the day. She had eight kids in her house that day!
They had such a great time with their friends that some of them didn’t even want to come home when I arrived to pick them up.
Thank you all for giving us peace regarding
our other children while we were away from them!
Sarah, who took care of our dogs when I realized that they had been left alone for hours.
Father Justin, our priest, and his wife who knew of the true situation going on and helped us to find lawyers in our area. He also brought us pizza when we finally came home.
Thank you for your support and care!
Ruthann, who took over the field trip that I had arranged for our homeschool group.
The Greathouses for bringing us a homemade lasagna for dinner and for taking Grace and Gregory to their home for a sleepover, even though poor Gregs became ill while there.
For the nurses, doctors, residents and interns who kept Eric healthy.
And for one resident, in particular, who did everything he could to get our name cleared.
The hospital staff was always very kind to us and wiling to help.
Last but not least,
all of our dear family and friends
who carried us through this ordeal
with their prayers, kind words and offerings of help.
Eric is still on the mend and at risk of infection,
so please continue to pray for him.
I praise Thee, O God of our Fathers, I hymn Thee, I bless Thee,
I give thanks unto thee for Thy great and tender mercy.
To Thee I flee, O merciful and mighty God.
Shine into my heart with the True Sun of Thy righteousness.
Enlighten my mind and keep all my senses,
that henceforth I may walk uprightly and keep Thy commandments,
and may finally attain unto eternal life,
even to Thee, Who art the source of life,
and be admitted to the glorious fruition of Thy inaccessible Light.
For Thou art my
God, and unto Thee, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be ascribed glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.