I talked with your father yesterday.
He has given permission to organize a healing.
The target date he and I have agreed on is the 22nd. A master number. This should give each of us enough time to prepare and organize our thoughts.
Here is Wikipedia definition of a stroke "A stroke is the rapidly developing loss of brain function(s) due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood supply) caused by thrombosis or embolism or due to a hemorrhage. As a result, the affected area of the brain is unable to function, leading to inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech or inability to see one side of the visual field. "
We need to reestablish the flow of blood to the affected areas of the brain and also repair the damage that has been done. John's stroke is the result of a hemorrhage, resulting in bleeding in the brain.
Do we need to wait to the 22nd? No. I would just like to make sure we are all working together at that time for the greatest effect.
I would encourage the participation of everyone possible.
Right, so THAT was an email that greeted me in my inbox this morning, written by one of my father's well-meaning idiot friends.
THIS is what I grew up with. THIS is the big solution to all life's problems from the woo-woo crowd-- "Let's think really hard about it to make it better!" THIS is what they feel the need to INFLICT upon me now that my father is facing some serious end-of-life issues. (He is not living with me or with my brother, btw-- he's still in a hospital in another state, and he will have to be moved to a facility with round-the-clock care when he is discharged. There is NO good solution at this point. All our options are bad.)
I deleted the email, but then I fished it out of my trash JUST so I could shout my reply into the blogosphere:
Let me ask you this-- if a "Healing" actually worked, why does ANYONE ever die? Doesn't EVERYONE wish really hard for their loved ones to recover? Why, specifically, would my father, who seems to have a cultlike following in you and your fellow well-meaning idiots, be experiencing all these issues? You think he hasn't EXTENSIVELY studied and practiced your Newage "healing" crap modalities for, oh, NEARLY SIXTY YEARS??? You think L. Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley are still alive? How about any of the ancient Egyptians and Chinese mystics you lifted your rituals from? Oh, wait, I forgot-- life expectancy was only about 40 years in those days and modern medicine has already DOUBLED it. Got news for you-- my father's sick because he didn't manage his diabetes for 30 years and his body is giving out as a result. It's simple biology. In further news, death comes for us all, with or without the cruel and false hope these lame-ass "Healings" bring the gullible.
Fucking spare me.
Please don't email me again,
That's Ms. XXXXXXXX to you.
EDIT: No, of course I didn't email the guy this! That would be rude.