Thanks so much for the responses. I just text paged him with the paper clip idea. (although, now that I think about it, he may only have one pocket in his scrubs. Hmmm). I thought that was the best suggestion since he is already at work for the day.
I will check out the website with the sacrifice beads that REDSOXWIFE mentioned. Thanks for the link!
I was looking at our own jewelry and my daughters’ bead kit, but could not figure out something that would allow him to keep track when he stops. The ten bead counting is easy, but he gets frequently interrupted and then looses track of where he is. Part of the issue is that he added an Our Father and a Glory be at the beginning and end of each set of 10 prayers, so he is saying 100 OF and GB in addition to the 1000 novena prayers. It takes him about 3+ hours a day of praying.
JULIAN - I wish we/he could take a vacation! He had the weekend off, and took Monday off because he was in so much pain he could not function. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. Not of the novena in general, nor of the fact that I doubted God COULD heal him. I just wondered if it were in God’s plans right now. My husband felt that God told him his pain was a sort of punishment for him not saying the Divine Mercy novena with me during Easter. And that now he should say this novena for a healing. I struggled with that because I do not feel that God punishes us like that. However, my husband felt strongly that God was calling him to do this. Maybe as a way to help him realize that he needs to make more time for God, and that all his excuses that he is too busy are simply that…excuses. Father blessed my husband after mass on Sunday and he experienced a tangible feeling of warmth wash over him, and a brief (several hour) respite from his pain. He feels like that was God’s way of reminding him that he can have what he needs if he simply “asks” for it, which he is now doing in the form of this 1000 prayer novena.