Dress Me In Red

When I die dress me in red so you can find me heaven. Please read this beautiful story from http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/dress-me-in-red/

In my dual profession as an educator and a health care provider, I have worked with numerous children infected with the virus, which causes AIDS. The relationships that I have had with these special kids have been gifts in my life. They have taught me so many things, but I especially learned that great courage can be found in the smallest of packages. Let me tell you about Tyler.

Tyler was born with HIV; his mother was also infected. From the very beginning of his life, he was dependent on medications to enable him to survive. When he was 5, he had a tube surgically inserted into a vein in his chest. This tube was connected to a pump, which he carried in a small backpack on his back. Medications were hooked up to this pump and were continuously supplied through this tube to his bloodstream. At times, he also needed supplemental oxygen to support his breathing.

Tyler wasn’t willing to give up one single moment of his childhood to this deadly disease. It was not unusual to find him playing and racing around his backyard, wearing his medicine-laden backpack and dragging his tank of oxygen behind him in his little wagon. All of us who knew Tyler, marveled at his pure joy at being alive and the energy it gave him.

Tyler’s mom often teased him by telling him he moved so fast she needed to dress him in red. That way, when she peered out the window to check on him playing in the yard, she could quickly spot him.

This dreaded disease eventually wore down even the likes of a little dynamo, like Tyler. He grew quite ill and, unfortunately, so did his HIV- infected mother. When it became apparent that he wasn’t going to survive, Tyler’s mom talked to him about death. She comforted him by telling Tyler that she was dying, too, and that she would be with him soon in Heaven.

A few days before his death, Tyler beckoned me over to his hospital bed and whispered, “I might die soon. I’m not scared. When I die, please dress me in red. Mom promised she’s coming to Heaven, too. I’ll be playing when she gets there, and I want to make sure she can find me!!!

By Cindy Dee Holms

Morning Story and Dilbert

Kleenex Alert

In my dual profession as an educator and a health care provider, I have worked with numerous children infected with the virus, which causes AIDS. The relationships that I have had with these special kids have been gifts in my life. They have taught me so many things, but I especially learned that great courage can be found in the smallest of packages. Let me tell you about Tyler.

Tyler was born with HIV; his mother was also infected. From the very beginning of his life, he was dependent on medications to enable him to survive. When he was 5, he had a tube surgically inserted into a vein in his chest. This tube was connected to a pump, which he carried in a small backpack on his back. Medications were hooked up to this pump and were continuously supplied through this tube to his bloodstream. At times…

View original post 239 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s