Antonio was born a 23 week preemie and survived. He has a lot of medical issues because of this miraculous beginning. He was a foster child his whole life and God brought him to us and he became our son when he was six years old. He has always been the sweetest and happiest soul. When he came into our lives, even though he was a lot of care, he was such a blessing. As he grew and matured though the years, he spent his time praying for others. His heart is so kind and compassionate. His body has slowly grown into a man but his mind is still the mind of a four year old. I had never heard him say a cross or mean thing in his whole life the whole time he was growing up. Even though he can not do very much at all physically, he is so helpful with the younger children and loves to watch them play and will call to me if they do anything they should not be doing. We adore this young man. I say all of this to paint a picture of our son we love and cherish so much. To show what he was like, his true character, for most of his life...to compare to what his days are like now.
I am grateful for our son. He is such a fine young man. It has been very hard, as his mother, to see him suffer so and go through this. It has been hard on all of us, not just to see him going thru it but because his daily care is so much harder when he is not in his right mind. Antonio can do nothing for himself. We have to lift him, shower him, clean and wipe him, diaper him, feed him, tube feed him... and all that is so much harder when he is trying to punch us, spit food at us and saying mean things. We know it is not him. We know this is mental instability as we know this young man and his heart. He knows too. He is so loving and apologetic when he is in his right mind and going thru a good spell. We give God all the glory, honor and praise for all the healing and progress Antonio has made. We are still looking for answers and new things to try to help Antonio. We are still praying fervently for his total healing, both physically and mentally and that our sweet, sweet, young man will feel and be well, in all areas of his mind and body.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I pray everyone is having a great transition from summer to fall. May God pour out His peace, strength, healing and direction into your life as you live and grow in Him.