I am 38 and have had pneumonia 19 times in my life. I haven’t had pneumonia in years until this year. I was sick and had an appointment to see my doctor about my high blood pressure. It was just a simple pressure check and medication refill visit. He took a listen to my lungs and was very concerned. In the end, he said I had pneumonia and gave me antibiotics and a new inhaler. I spent New Years Eve on the couch with my husband, hugging a box of tissues and that inhaler. I have improved some, finished the antibiotics as directed, and am still very congested, tired all the time, and just icky.
I was at an RCIA day retreat Saturday and the Sister who instructs us was also very concerned about my health. She suggested I might want to arrange to have our priest perform the Anointing of the Sick. I think it might be a good idea, couldn’t hurt to ask God for some special help, but I wonder if I should do it. I mean, I don’t want to have the ritual if I don’t need to and I have always associated it with people who are very ill and possibly dying.
What do you think? Am I a good candidate for the Anointing?