Did I mention that Dr.G is probably in his late 20s or early 30s and is a natty dresser? One of the nurses told us that he has a thing about shoes.
On the other hand, they told us that Alice could potentially exhibit “psychotic” behavior as a reaction to chemo (our neighbor’s mother went through chemo and had “chemo brain” according to the neighbor). So Alice does have some excuse for this apparent crush of hers. Did I also mention that I am totally understanding of this “chemo brain” theory and subscribe to it?
Now for the subject of today’s post. My two brothers and their wives in India took a mini pilgrimage to this particular temple in South India. The chief deity in this temple is a manifestation of God Shiva and this avatar is dedicated to helping physicians heal their patients. This is somewhat similar to the variety of patron saints for different things in the catholic faith. In the Hindu religion, God has various manifestations or avatars for helping humans cope with various life’s problems. So, my brothers and S-I-Ls went to this temple and presented offerings on behalf of Alice and prayed for this God to help the doctors treating Alice here to succeed.
They also went to another town and had an audience with the Pontiff who provides spiritual and religious guidance to tens of millions who belong to the particular Hindu sect as my family in India does. The Pontiff, upon being informed of Alice’s cancer, recommended a set of special prayers for my brothers to include in their daily rituals, which I am sure they are doing. Well, this is what Indian families do and my family does when one family member becomes ill. (If Alice ever had the slightest doubt about being part of the Indian side of the family, it should be erased completely by now).
Well, with all the Hindu prayers combined those being offered by our Christian and non-christian friends here, we are convinced that that powerful forces are at work. So how can we not be optimistic about complete recovery? Her cancer, Alice is convinced, doesn’t have a chance!
Happy Easter everyone,
Hubby (with a little help from A)