My childs name is "Addox" and he is a 4 year old living with hydrocephalus. He is very high functioning and a very active kid. We are going through a tough time with him right now in regards to 3 brain surgeries in 1 month and we are currently in childrens hospital awaiting another that will hopefully fix him! I am an athiest that believes prayer is not beneficial at all, but allow family and facebookers to pray because we know they mean well. However, we have been flooded with pastors from local churches wanting to pray for him. I have recently started informing one church of my beliefs and they sent us a repeat visit the next day! what the hell!!! I cannot get away from religion here at the childrens hospital and as a secular family that is probably to nice to christians pushing their beliefs without asking about ours, I am frustrated to say the least. I dont want peoples prayers, I want them to give money to the research of hydrocephalus so that we can eventually find a cure. I want them to come play with addox to get his mind off of being in the hospital, I want them to help us finanicially because its hard being in the hospital, I want them to come to the hydrocephalus walk on NOV 13 to raise awareness of the condition!!!!Just needed to vent, I feel like the only one that dosent believe in god around here!!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2011 at 12:45pm

My goodness, Steven, you and Addox are carrying heavy loads for such a young man and boy.  Be assured you are not alone in not believing in god;   You have every right to be free of such intrusions by people who mean well but do not understand that some of us find comfort in science and sharing our feelings openly and honestly.  I had such an intrusion during a medical crisis and when I told them I am not only an atheist but an anti-theist, they increased their efforts to "comfort" me.  There is a time for angry responses and this is one of them.  

I'm so sorry Addox faces these challenges and notice you have matching patches on your heads; just another way to express your care and concern for him.  Your situation is serious and does not have to be grim;  your smiles reveal you already know that.

Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 13, 2011 at 11:47pm
Eric has a good point.  When my oldest was born, I had a birth plan which stipulated who could and could not visit or even call me.  Can you do the same thing with any other hospitalization?
Comment by roland707 on October 13, 2011 at 11:02pm

Hey, this may actually help: Talk to a nurse or PCA and tell them to make your room status "NO VISITORS". I work in a hospital and they have to take that pretty serious, and you don't have to provide a reason why. They will need your approval for anyone that shows up.

Good luck, man. Give your baby a hug for me.

E

Comment by Steven Morrow on October 13, 2011 at 10:48pm
Eric, fellow alabama atheist. Good to hear that and thanks for the good wishes.
Comment by roland707 on October 13, 2011 at 10:26pm
Hey. I'm in Bama with you. Know what you're talking about. Don't have any real advice. Hope your little guy gets better!
Comment by Earther on October 13, 2011 at 6:05pm
I am sorry that you feel alone but I think that is what this website helps to demonstrate is that you are not alone.  I think I would take a hard line against those who impose themselves on your moment of desparation and band them, no matter their good wishes.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 13, 2011 at 6:01pm
My thoughts are with your family.
Comment by Steven Morrow on October 13, 2011 at 3:43pm
the burden of livinng in Alabama, but we will survive! just frustrating. If you could truly imagine a world with no Religion there would be alot more money to go around to science instead of building mega churches and conditions like hydro might be cured! Surgery tomorrow, and we are counting on the skilled hands of a neurosurgeon and not god. Thanks everyone for letting me vent.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 13, 2011 at 2:47pm
I'm so sorry your son is so ill and having to go through all this suffering.  I have no idea what to tell you about how to deal with these people who are obviously not helping.
Comment by annet on October 13, 2011 at 2:44pm

Yikes, just what you need more stress. The road to hell (on earth) and all that. 

Best wishes for your son's health and recovery.

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