I’m an open book. You can ask me anything, and I will likely tell you way more than you wanted to hear. What was your original question?  I started posting on Facebook about Jake’s condition to dispel some ugly rumors going around. People were sending me posts circulating on FB. There is a student with meningitis, and the school is covering it up. They are covering it up because he’s the principal ‘ s kid. Yeah they think the rules don’t apply to them. I’m pulling my
kid out of school. They should shut down all the schools. I heard the public health department is part of the cover up. If they lived on the west side of town, it would be all over the news….  At first, I tried to educate the general public about meningitis. It’s not always contagious. (Jake wasn’t contagious for one second.) My husband would never put kids at risk. Then I started receiving posts of prayer and encouragement. The prayers are what kept me posting. I was hearing from people from all over the place.  I didn’t feel so alone. I heard from people from my childhood that I hadn’t seen for over 30 years. I wanted to stop rumors, but I gained so much more. I shared info with the parents’ group at my son’s college. I now have friends all over the country.
My friend made a “Meal Train” page to keep my family fed. Sometimes I will go to the high school, and people I have known for years won’t even bother to say hello. Others race over to give me a hug. I haven’t been home a lot the past 2 years, and this hospital is lonely. Facebook has allowed me to vent, share, make connections, and know we are not alone. It has given us the power of prayer. Some people avoid social media like the plague….for me, it’s been my lifeline. ..

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