Eric has been working hard for the upcoming basketball season. Here's his schedule these days:
Monday: School all day, 2-hour workout with trainer
Tuesday: 7 AM basketball, school all day, 4:30-6:30 work with "big man" coach, 6:30-8 scrimmages
Wednesday: School all day, 2-hour workout with trainer
Thursday: 7 AM basketball, school all day
Friday: School all day, 2-hour workout with trainer
Fall Ball starts soon, where his school scrimmages against other schools. Tryouts are the second week of November.
E's annual cardiology appointment is this coming Monday. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that everything has stayed the same. Remember this cardiology visit and this one?
Last week Eric's coach called and asked if I could meet with him right away. I had no clue as to what it was about. I imagined all sorts of things as I drove there. School was just getting out, and I saw Eric in the parking lot. He said he didn't know what it was about. I walked into the office and the coach said, "Sorry to make you come up here like this, but has Eric ever been tested for Marfan's?" I thought, oh my gosh, if you only knew. I told him Eric was diagnosed with it at age 9 and a little bit about what we've been through, and that he finally had genetic testing that said he didn't have it.
He felt bad for inconveniencing me, but he had seen Eric's chest indentation and other characteristics - long arm span, long fingers, his height - and asked his wife, a doctor, about it. When she mentioned Marfan's and told him it can be fatal, he got scared, I think, that Eric was going to die on his court. I told him it was absolutely no bother for me to meet with him, and I thanked him profusely and told him I wished more coaches cared so much about their players. I did tell him that Eric's aorta is bigger than normal and that he gets checked every year.
So think about us on Monday, and say a prayer.
I hope the news is good, so he can play basketball and get more mail like this...
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