All along, in addition to dealing with the issue of P.J.’s survival and recovery, we’ve struggled with some other things affiliated with the accident, like the negative things that were reported in the news. I remember Day 2 when we learned of how the media were reporting the specifics of the accident. I cried more hysterically at the point than I had the day before when I’d learned the extent of P.J.’s injuries. It wasn’t that I was more worried about “what people thought” than I was my own child. It was that I felt horrible that my baby was lying in a hospital bed with life-threatening injuries and people were talking about him in a bad way. The negative reports, for the most part, have been cleared up. Witnesses have come forward to correct false statements that were made and we’re hoping that’s all behind us. Unfortunately, the newspapers don’t go back and print a follow-up saying “By the way, that statement was later corrected,” or “There was a misunderstanding.” It surprises me, however, every time I talk to someone who shares another version of the rumors that were being spread, most of which do not even slightly resemble the truth or the news reports in any way. I think to myself, “Where do people come up with this stuff?!?!?!” I get angry and upset and I want to publish a website devoted solely to defending my boy’s honor and integrity. And then I realize… it’s not essential.
What is essential is that the people who know and love P.J. know his heart and they know what a great kid he is deep down. They’ve seen his struggles not just over the past 4-1/2 months but over the past 7 years and have prayed for him every step of the way. They’ve refrained from judging and they’ve admitted their own mistakes in an effort to let P.J. know that we all need help once in a while.
P.J. came home from the hospital on May 10th and eleven days later (this past Monday), he was readmitted with a staph infection. We’re thanking God that his body is already responding to the antibiotics. That’s essential. Prayers are being answered. That’s essential. P.J. has survived a tragedy that would have killed most people. That’s essential.
A.J. and I were told early on that this would be a long journey, but I guess we thought the exhaustion and the stress would’ve been gone by now and things would have settled down for us, but they haven’t. It is still very hard. But we are so thankful to our Father in heaven for providing much needed joy and strength at the times we need it most. It’s amazing how we continue to see God’s plan unfolding in P.J.’s life and in all our lives. God is constant and faithful. His mercy endures forever. That’s essential.
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