Day after tomorrow is Christmas. Families, even the poorest, will gather together in their homes, share a meal, and exchange gifts.
Steve Folster’s home, however, is still a tent in the woods in Chester County, South Carolina. He has been living there ever since the sex offender registration office at the sheriff’s department told him he had to leave his home due to a complaint that the home was a little bit inside the 1,000 foot restricted zone around a daycare center.
Lila, his wife, gave him his gift a couple of days early. She made him a pair of warm socks in the hopes of helping keep him warm in the cold and the damp.
I asked Lila how Steve was holding up since he was getting only a fraction of the oxygen therapy that his doctor has ordered for him. This is her reply:
He is pretty worn out, gets short of breath and dizzy more and more now, and he looks tired all the time. He is in a lot of pain and continues to lose weight. I am hoping that something happens soon so that he can come home and stay where I can keep an eye on him.
We hope with Lila that he will be allowed to return home where he will receive the medical care that his condition requires. The doctor’s statement putting forth those requirements is in the hands of someone at the state registration office, and he is waiting for the opinion of his supervisor.
In the meantime, Steve sits in his tent, wearing his new socks, and Lila sits in her house worrying about him.
And slightly more than 24 hours from now is Christmas Day.