Ben Diagnosed with Covid-19, 7/23/20 By: Carole Norman Scott

We got the dreaded phone call yesterday telling us that our son, Ben, had been diagnosed with a positive Covid-19 virus test.  He lives in a large facility which has many different housing units (called cottages).  Ben’s unit houses 30 men.  All together, there are almost 500 people with all sorts of disabilities living there.  Additionally, there are almost 1,000 staff members (including day and night shifts), doctors, nurses, and office personnel.   In the last two months, over 150 clients and staff have tested positive.  Some have already recovered. No one has died.   We discovered yesterday that Ben was no exception to the Covid-19 bug.

It is so hard, because he cannot tell anyone how bad he feels, or where he hurts.  They take excellent care of his physical well-being, but with 30 men to see to, they sometimes don’t notice things that we immediately pick up on about Ben’s feelings and needs.  No one is allowed to visit at this time, so seeing to him for ourselves is now curtailed.  

We have commended Ben to the Lord’s care at all times, and especially many specific times in his life, and we will do so once again.  He (the Lord) has never let us down.  Ben is 58 years old now, and we are both 82.  We cannot do for him what we’ve always done before.  We will be able to set up a “Zoom” meeting where we can see him face to face (a WONDERFUL invention)…but even if he should have to go to the hospital, we cannot be with him.  That REALLY hurts!  I’m reminded of an old hymn, and have been singing it over and over lately.  The words go:

I must tell Jesus all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens alone…in my distress He kindly will help me…He always loves and cares for His own.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles…He is a kind, compassionate friend;  If I but ask Him, He will deliver, Make of my troubles quickly an end.

Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior, One who can help my burdens to bear; I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus, He all my cares and sorrows will share.

Chorus: I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

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I am the mother of a fifty-nine year old autistic son. My blog, autism45, contains journals, poems, pictures, photography, letters, and other writings and insights pertaining to autism and the spiritual growth we (my husband and I) have experienced from it all. I hope you will visit my blog, and benefit from all I have shared...all that has happened through the years. Take your time, and come back again and again. God bless you and yours!
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5 Responses to Ben Diagnosed with Covid-19, 7/23/20 By: Carole Norman Scott

  1. autism45 says:

    You are SO right! Thanks for commenting–you have been a comfort to me!


  2. autism45 says:

    Thank you SO much for commenting Nina. I remember sharing with you several years ago. We appreciate your prayers for Ben and for us SO much. You and Rowan are in ours to, and will continue to be. God has been SO good to be with us all through the years, and I know He will always be. We’ve had the best of His mercy and care. Please read the article about “The Autistic Child’s Spiritual Potential” on my blog. I’ve been sharing those “Spiritual” stories about Ben on Facebook the last few days, and people who know of him, but didn’t know us real well are reading them, and are amazed at the depth of his spiritual understanding. I KNOW he knows Jesus personally, and that is such a comfort to me/us! Take heart…GOD CARES!


  3. Nina Simpson says:

    Praying for Ben and for you. Since I found your blog years ago, you have always been a comfort and hope for me and my son Rowan. Like you, I am concerned with him getting sick because he can’t communicate his pain. It’s especially hard that we are about to enter high school with so much uncertainty and online learning isn’t a good fit for him. Keep praying, Jesus is with us and will carry us through. Give praise for the good that happens during these times!


  4. autism45 says:

    Thank you SO much for your prayers, and for taking time to write and tell me so. That helps SO much. God bless you!

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  5. Praying for Ben’s quick healing & recovery. Praying for you and your family. It is a dark lonely time but God will restore our joy.


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