Last winter, we discovered on a sorta "routine" CAT scan that my son's V-P shunt wasn't working. Further w/u revealed that the scarring r/t his necrotizing enterocolitis as a premie had left so many adhesions in his abd that his output of CSF @ the ripe old age of 17 could not be absorbed by his peritoneum. (An adult puts out up to 500cc of CSF/day)
The surgeon had already tried breaking up the adhesions during an earlier surgery, but they obviously reformed.
I had hand-picked 2 surgeons for him, a pediatric general surgeon, and an adult neurosurgeon. He (the NS) told me they would try to put it his gallbladder 1st, if that didn't work, the next choice would be the pluera. The pediatric surgeon was concerned that all the scar tissue would make it hard to free up the gallbladder.
I asked all sorts of people to pray for him, Catholic friends and family, a nun or 2, Protestant friends, Morman friends, a Rabbi, and e-mailed the pastor @ our church. He wrote me back and said to stop by after Mass on Sat eve, and he would give him the Sacrament of the Sick--what the church used to call the "Last Rites".
When the peds surgeon had barely gotten into the abdomen, his gallbladder literally presented itself into the incision! They didn't have to "dig around" AT ALL!
Now. Maybe it would've been fine without all the prayers, but I'm sure glad we had them. He has only in the hosp. ~ 48 hours!! That's the shortest time we've ever been in w/ a shunt related problem.
So, I'm very much in favor of praying--and I tell the parents of my pts. to put the rosaries and holy cards in the bed. They feel better, and I like it, too. The only thing I worry about is when they say: I'm leaving it in God's hands, because doing that DOESN'T mean you get what you want. I often pray for people to be able handle in a healthy way the things they need to deal with.
Right now, my "on the way to/from work" rosaries are for 2 friends with breast cancer (one is terminal), one friend going thru a painful joint problem, and one mom who is doing rehab, and, IMHO, deserves to get her baby. (I worked w/her for 2 months, I think I know a good one)
Anybody need to be added to the list, let know!