About 17 days ago I got a really bad throat infection. The doctor prescribed antibiotics for me. I also took garlic, horseradish and Vitamin C tablets. I had a really bad cough due to my irritated throat. The cough just went on and on and on. Nothing helped and I was feeling desperate. I confidently prayed the prayer on the Miraculous Medal which is: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”
I also prayed for and to the Holy Souls in Purgatory asking them for a healing.
Yesterday I thought of doing some crocheting. I thought that it might have a soothing effect on my mind, that might translate in a positive way to my highly irritated throat. It worked. I am much better today and the cough is almost gone.
(The throat infection was very real, but it seems that when I felt the problems in the throat and started to cough, it set up a pattern of coughing and the crocheting was a calming influence on the mind that distracted it from noticing the trouble in my throat. If it works for this, the distraction therapy (crochet) might also help those who are experiencing pain, even if the pain is due to real physical problems.)
Some more thoughts on the subject
The more I coughed, the more my poor throat was irritated, and the more that it was irritated, the more that I noticed it, and the more that I noticed it, the more I coughed! A vicious cycle was set up, that the calming influence of doing crocheting interrupted.