Okay, I try not to do this kind of thing too often. I mean, I started this as a place to post vids, and it has since evolved into my little place to rant/vent online, especially
when it comes to football season. However, I try to not whine too much about my RL stuff. I know that's not why you guys come here. But, guys, I need you...I need your thoughts, prayers, energies, whatever you are willing to send out...
See, I'm almost 30 years old and have firmly stated and stand by the belief that I do not want or need children of my own since I have my pets. My dog and two cats ARE
my kids. I buy them toys, nurse them when they're sick, play with them, talk to them...everything I would do with a kid. And, most importantly, I love them as if they WERE
my own. Stormy
, my little black boy, is four this year; Chrissy
, my blond scaredy dog, is eight; and Nala
, my sister's pride and joy, is seventeen. We've had all of them since they were only four to six weeks old, so they ARE
our family and we ARE
theirs. So when something happens to one of them it's a huge deal in our lives, just like if someone's child was sick or hurt.
Well, something has
happened. Last night at about seven, Nala
was sitting on the couch when she suffered a stroke. She simply slipped off the couch arm and sat there as if she didn't know what had happened or what was going on. When we tried to stand her up, her right front side was completely paralyzed. She simply rolled over onto her head like her right leg wasn't even there. Plus, her facial expression was way off. She just looked totally out of it. (The vet later called it a "neurological haze.") After a brief exam of my own, I told my sister we were taking her to the vet immediately
. They confirmed my fear that it was, indeed, a stroke and told us she would need to be hospitalized for 24-48 hours to see if they could assess the damage and try to help reverse the symptoms. So, this is where we stand now. Nala
is in the hospital surrounded by strangers, fairly disoriented and unable to stand. The vet said today that she didn't appear AS
disoriented as she was last night, but the prognosis is still undetermined, especially given her age.
So, we sit and wait and hope and pray. We've all been where my sister is right now...facing that hideous uncertainty
. And, I can't do anything to fix it. Also, Stormy
is missing the crap out of his big sister...he's meowing like crazy, not understanding why she's not here. My poor co-dependent little boy...another broken heart I can't help. Right now, what they both need, what we all need is for Nala
to come home. My research into feline strokes has led me to a cautious
optimism. Cats, it seems, tend to recover better from strokes than people if it's caught early. Hopefully, fate will be on our side. But, I need your help
...I need all the positive thoughts and energies you guys can spare. I don't know what it's going to do to my sis if we lose Nala
. I know seventeen is more than respectable, but that cat is her baby. Is anyone ever ready to lose their baby? I know I'm not...never have been.
For those interested, here's a shot of the "baby" in question...Please pray for our little girl...
We need her home safe and well if at all possible.