I once watched a history channel special about a prison camp from the Vietnam War. I can't remember the exact name, but the general theme was that this was a brutal place where human life was treated with disdain. Many of the men did not survive this terrible place. They were showing interviews with survivors. One of the things they said was key to survival was having a friend or buddy. If you were sick your friend could bring you your food ration. Even just having someone else to care about would help them make it through the ordeal.
I doubt that this life is very different from that. We all need friends to survive, even better thrive.
Today Jared received a visit from several friends. I think that visit did more to cheer him up and make him feel better, than any medicine he has received in the past few days. It is so easy to feel isolated from the outside world. It is kind of surreal to try and remember the life you had before this illness started. So it is good to remember that life will get normal again, and that you have friends waiting eagerly for your return.
If any of Jared's friends read this, text him and let him know that you are thinking of him. If any of my friends read this, please, please leave me a comment. I'm feeling a bit isolated myself.