This post today is to ask for prayers for my grandson Ben who tested positive today for Covid. If you are a praying person, please offer up a prayer for Ben. Otherwise, please send some healing thoughts his way.
My long-time readers are familiar with Ben. When he was 3 years old he was diagnosed with an arteriovenous fistula (a vascular abnormality) in his brain. Shortly after his 4th birthday he and his parents flew to New York where he had life-saving surgery. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Alexandro Berenstein performed two operations, one in which platinum coils were placed in Ben’s brain and the other in which medical-grade “super glue” was injected into the affected area to totally stop the abnormal blood flow and close off the fistula. A year later Ben’s life was again in danger, and another surgery was performed, resulting in the Dr. B’s declaration that “Brave Ben” was cured. (If you have not followed Ben’s story and would like to read more, see my blog Believing for Ben and look in the Archives for posts from April and May, 2014.)
Now 10 years old, Ben has grown into a healthy, loving, spiritual, athletic young man. Even though the fistula in his brain affected the muscle development in one leg, Ben plays soccer, basketball and baseball. And he loves to go fishing. He enjoys school and does well in all of his academic subjects.
But now he has Covid. He has symptoms consistent with a sinus infection and conjunctivitis (pink eye), but no fever and no cough. We don’t know how Covid will affect him as it progresses, and we have no idea where he contracted the virus. He has been in school every day, but the schools in his area have had remarkably few cases. Ben does wear a mask to school, but masks are not required, and some of the other students don’t wear them.
Over the years my blogging community has been a comfort and support through Ben’s health issues. I would appreciate that support again as Ben faces Covid. Thank you for your healing thoughts and prayers.
#Ben Strong #Soli Deo Gloria