115- Have You Heard of ….
September 18, 1983
Have you heard of a condition called Erythema multiforme? Writing it brings up my emotions as I remember our son’s experience.
Erythema multiforme (EM) is an acute, self-limited, and sometimes recurring skin condition that is considered to be a type IV hypersensitivity reaction associated with certain infections, medications, and other various triggers. Erythema multiforme may be present within a wide spectrum of severity. (from emedicine.medscape.com)
During exceptional events, life is so disorganized that journaling does not happen. My journal skips from September 18 to September 24.
Such was the case when Mark (#3 son), age 18 months, woke up one morning with a high fever and alarming signs of bruising on his torso. He had not fallen, it was not an injury. We were flummoxed. We took him to the pediatrician, and she put him in the hospital. She said it was a disease that she had heard of but never dealt with.
We immediately called the church prayer chain and friends responded heroically to help us out with babysitting, meals, and every support possible.
Because of Mark’s young age, his hospital crib, which was tall enough for him to stand up in, had strong bars and looked like a cage. The bruising increased and moved around on his body. It looked like he had been severely physically abused. We got many strange looks from people.
Elders from our church and friends came to the hospital to pray.
Mark did exceptionally well in his ordeal. Friends’ prayers brought tons of grace to his spirit and he was not afraid. All of the nurses loved him.
Our friends’ prayers sustained us also.
Life happens. There is no substitute for being in a Bible-teaching church and making good friends there. You can be there for them and they will be there for you in the good times and the stressful times. We have never been more than a few weeks between churches, and in 40 years and living in several US cities we have had primarily excellent church experiences.