So I have a couple of things on my mind today. The first, in no particular order, is prayer. Now I must first say that I am not making judgments as to whether or not you should pray. Nor am I saying that any one faith, or lack thereof, is better or worse than any other. But today I was sitting in church and listening to the people pray for those that they loved. I began to think about the studies that I have seen that suggest that patients who, without their knowledge, are prayed for by strangers have a higher rate of recovery than those that don’t.
So here is my question/problem. If we take it as a given that prayer works, then that kind of means that the absence of prayer is detrimental. It also means that the deity to whom the prayer is directed is less likely to intervene in the absence of the prayer. So it is really just a popularity contest. That all being said, I know that a bunch of you have been praying for him, and you know the results to date, so keep it up…and tell your friends.
Second. I may have written about this before, but since I never go back and re-read my prior posts, I can’t be certain. Now I know that we are winning. I know that he is doing great. I know that he is making long term plans to start an origami basketball league. I know all this with the thinking part of my brain that is in control when the lights are on. When the lights go out and the demons come; however, it is a different story. For some reason when I go into that dark place I write, and re-write his obituary. It is scary and depressing and I don’t like it. But as Big Dan used to always tell me. This shit will end. The sun will come up tomorrow. It’s all good. #true (btw I think that I have a sufficient misunderstanding of the #hashtag thing to start using it on a parenthetical scale))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Third, there are too many people that have done so much for us that I could just write a blog called “Thank You” and I don’t really want to exclude anyone or place anyone’s help above anyone else’s so I rarely give too many shout outs on this blog. I prefer to thank you personally. Tonight; however, I do want to say thank you to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for what you have done for us recently. No need to go into details, but please know that we thank you from the bottomless basket of our hearts.
Today marks the official last day of cycle 1 of Cole’s treatment. Tomorrow he and I brave the urban savages and invade the UCSF PCRC LMNOP EIEIO. We will be well provisioned and well prepared, and will kick some Cancer ass. Blah Blah Blah. That is not important stuff.
What is way more important is that THEY ARE COMING. I repeat THEY ARE COMING. If you know who THEY are, you should be excited. If you don’t you should be even more excited. Again, in case you have really bad short term memory (remember that great SNL skit with Tom Hanks, Mr. Short Term Memory? “Who put this wallet in my pocket. It belongs to someone named Tom.” “You are Tom.” “I am now.” Great stuff), THEY ARE COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until they do, raise your glasses and toast Cole, Commissioner of the OBL.