There is a Chinese phrase- 禍不單行.
Loosely translated, it means trouble never comes alone, and how true.
A few weeks ago, my grandmother (86 years old, mind you), fell down and fractured her hip. The prognosis is not good at all, with her medical tests coming back with poor results- a weak lung, scarred liver, low blood cell count that even a blood transfusion can’t rectify.
Her options are few and both dire. An operation would mean a scary 40% fatality risk, while leaving her status quo means probable infection that is compounded by a bed-ridden status.
It’s very heartbreaking to tell a frail old lady that these her not-very-hopeful options.
I confess I’m not a very good Catholic at all, but this is one time I pray that prayers will help.