A member of my family is going through some particularly unpleasant medical testing today, to help diagnose some troublesome neurological symptoms that he’s been having. He’s a young man, so these kinds of things are unusual, and the end result could be one that’s pretty unpleasant (brain surgery) or extremely unpleasant (not be able to do anything at all).
I’m not really good at asking for help, and my tendency towards agnosticism makes these kinds of times very tough. I don’t really lean much on the “ask the Gods for help” thing, because … well, I don’t know how much help I believe they’ll give. I don’t think they’d WITHHOLD help, exactly, but I don’t have a whole lot of faith in healing magic or prayers.
I do, however, believe that the Gods can help humans to solve problems, so instead of praying for healing for my family member, I’m going to make offerings to Eir to guide the doctors today and tomorrow, that they can do this test as non-invasively and accurately as possible, and to help them make a wise, educated, and compassionate decision about treatment. For some reason framing it that way seems to make more sense than praying for spontaneous healing. I’m also going to keep a candle burning during the part of his test when I’ll have access to, just to focus my energy as best I can.
It’s frustrating to be in a position where I can’t do much of anything. Hopefully my offerings will be appreciated, and he’ll have a good outcome from all of this. It’s putting a lot of strain on my family, for obvious reasons, and good news has been a little thin around his situation lately.
Any prayers, offerings, good thoughts, lit candles, or other expressions of care are appreciated.