Last year, I suffered an attack of Herpes Zoster (the chicken pox virus). Seems my immune system was low. Head and optic nerve in my left eye were attacked. Hospitalized for several days, thousands of drugs later, I was discharged.
Fortunately my eye was by-passed and I was left with a painful residue that could have taken years to subside.
Ou’s uncle, who is in his late eighties, is a spiritual guide (in Thai terms). He gave us roots of a herbal plant and immature coconut embryos to boil. I drank the (warm) liquid. After five treatments, I was cured. No reoccurrence since.
A few days ago he was very sick in hospital – and he had a dream. (Story recounted by Ou, when she visited him after his discharge.) Four ‘boss’ men came to see him from the spirit world. At the point of death, allegedly they write the good things you’ve done in your life in a ledger, and also the bad things. They decide whether you go to paradise or you don’t.
He asked them whether they had ‘come’ for him. No, they said. You have done only good for your people. How long do you want to live? One hundred years? Longer?
He said, “I want to die when it’s my time”, which I guess is the first time anyone has turned down immortality...