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Please Dress Me in Red

By Billy Harper,2014-08-29 01:21
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Please Dress Me in Red

    Please Dress Me in Red

    In my dual profession as an educator and health care providerI have worked with numerous children infected with the virus1) that causes AIDSThe relation ships that I have had with these special kids have been gifts in my lifeThey have taught me so many thingsbut I have especially learned that great courage can be found in the smallest of packages2)Let me tell you about Tyler

    Tyler was born infected with HIVhis mother was also infectedFrom the very beginning of his lifehe was dependent on medications to enable him to surviveWhen he was fivehe had a tube surgically3) inserted in a vein4) in his chestThis tube was connected to a pumpwhich he carried in a small backpack on his backMedications were hooked up5) to this pump and were continuously supplied through this tube to his bloodstreamAt times6)he also needed supplemented oxygen to support his breathing

     Tyler wasn't willing to give up one single moment of his childhood to this deadly diseaseIt

    was not unusual to find him playing and racing around his backyardwearing his medicineladen

    backpack and dragging his tank of oxygen behind him in his little wagonAll of us who knew Tyler marveled7) at his pure joy in being alive and the energy it gave himTyler's mom often teased him by telling him that he moved so fast she needed to dress him in redThat waywhen

    she peered through the window to check on him playing in the yardshe could quickly spot him

     This dreaded disease eventually wore down8) even the likes of a little dynamo9) like

    TylerHe grew quite ill andunfortunatelyso did his HIVinfected motherWhen it became apparent that he wasn't going to surviveTyler's mom talked to him about deathShe comforted him by telling Tyler that she was dying tooand that s he would be with him soon in heaven

A few days before his deathTyler beckoned10) me over to his hospital bed and whispered?“I

    might die soonI'm not scaredWhen I dieplease dress me in redMom promised she's coming to heaventooI'll be playing when she gets thereand I want to make sure she can find me,”

By Cindy Dee Holms

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