Now that I have your attention with my indelicate post title, let me explain that cancer patients are universally beset with either constipation or diarrhea. Dang, I can never spell the D word right! Thank you spell-check!
Constipation usually is a result of trying not to live in pain. It seems most painkillers will cause it. I try to eat a lot of fruit and thanks to some lovely ladies this week who sent me an Edible Arrangement, I had some FANTASTIC fruit to eat. J But even lots of fruit doesn’t cut it sometimes. And thus, it’s on to Phillip’s Milk of Magnesia. I remember a Gallagher bit about constipation. He was making fun of the products that promise ‘no cramping’ ‘stool softening’, etc. Gallagher said that when he is constipated, he wants a BOMB! Amen brother.
Now, let’s get past that fascinating subject and on to a strange time in the hospital at the New Year. I had several visitors, amazingly all at the same time. One of the hospital’s admins came to see me, as well. She was perturbed because I had no religion listed on my paperwork. I just find it easier to leave it blank than to have to explain that just because I am pagan, I don’t worship your devil-figure.
So, she just came right out and asked me, and being under the influence of some interesting drugs, I told her, “I’m a pagan.” You would have thought I told her I was a commie baby eater! She got pale, started to back from the room, when one of my visitors told her, “But she’s a GOOD one!” Oh my gosh, I cracked up. Anyway, we never saw THAT admin person again.
I’ve always thought that spirituality should be between you and your chosen deities. You can have a more personal relationship and communication that way. But I understand the need for a community-based spirituality. You have like-minded people, willing to support you, and give you comfort in troubling times. My sister is a Christian Minister, and a more loving woman you will never find. She writes incredible prayers, and I know how much she loves me.
In the books about coping that I am reading, there is an emphasis on spirituality being a boon to your coping mechanism. I find it soothing to write prayers. As a pagan, you are free to express your devotions in the most simple or the most elaborate means. I like to keep it simple. Especially since the brain tumors. :D
Love and hugs to all!