Eskimos' Parquet a dad first


, Last Updated: 5:43 PM ET

MONCTON, N.B. Jeremy Parquets priorities are in order.

My job is first and foremost to be a husband and a father. What kind of father would I be if I didnt do what I did? asked the import offensive lineman who left the team just before game time last Sunday in Montreal to go home to Louisiana for what was described as a medical emergency involving his two-year-old son.

As a father a child looks to you for help. And its been rough. I felt so helpless and useless.

Parquet rejoined the Edmonton Eskimos Friday at Rocky Stone Field for practice prior to Sundays Touchdown Atlantic game against the Toronto Argos.

Hes better, Parquet said of his son Joshua.

He has a condition called Tuberous Sclerosis, he said of the rare, multi-system genetic disease thatcauses benign tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs such as the kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs and skin. A combination of symptoms may include seizures and that was mwhat happen to Joshua.

He caught the flu and pneumonia and then had two bad seizures, said Jeremy.

Its been real tough and I really appreciate the way everybody on the Eskimos has been texting and calling and supporting me.