Are there rules/guidelines for how often to include a sick person in the refa’enu prayer in the amidah, and for how long to include them? Should one pray for that person every time one prays until one knows they are well, or, G!d forbid, until they have died? Is once enough? Or maybe in each daily service for one day? For a week? Or what?
I’m especially interested in the teachings about cholim whom one doesn’t know well — or even at all. It feels strange to be praying three times a day for the daughter of someone whose blog I read, but with whom I’ve never spoken… but it feels even stranger to consciously leave her out of my prayers! So then should I be keeping a personal list of every sick person I know for every time I pray the silent amidah?