You probably sensed from the tone of yesterday’s post that I’m stressing this week. Traveling to and from Moffitt for an MRI, waiting for results, then flying to speak to a group in Virginia on Thursday. I’m hurting and tired. Experience tells me that my left iliac crest won’t be the only hot-spot to show up on a yet to be scheduled PET scan. Now that my myeloma is active again, my bones are so darn sensitive!
I often kid that Pattie is trying to save the world one stray cat at a time. Unable to have children–a result of her first round with cancer over 25 years ago–Pattie has rescued dozens of homeless dogs and cats. We even helped build an animal shelter for a group she started called Critter Rescue back in Wisconsin. Seems like two or three lifetimes ago!
We currently house 7 cats and a dog. Trust me; we’ve had many more living with us from time to time.
We rescued Kewee from underneath a frozen sewer grate six years ago. Her smokey grey fur reminded us of the granite rock found along the shore of the Keweenah Peninsula in Lake Superior. All of our cats are named for beautiful places; Savannah, Alaska, Charleston. This morning–as I was frustratingly shuffling through a disheveled pile of files and receipts–Kewee jumped up in my lap and lovingly nipped my chin. As I hugged her, I felt my stress quickly melting away.
I allowed myself a quiet moment to meditate as I rhythmically stroked Kewee’s back. Like magic, I was calm and able to focus. Even Ativan (lorazepam) can’t do that!
Here’s a picture of Kewee (front) leading Copper and Finnegan–otherwise known as “Island Dog,”–around the pool. Note her short bob tail. Part of it froze and later fell off after her rescue.
The weather is perfect this time of year here in Weeki Wachee. Cool, 60 degree nights and warm sunny days; mid 80′s and low humidity.
If I could lend Kewee to some of my stressed out myeloma friends I would. But the logistics would be next to impossible. Guess you all need to head down to your local shelter and find a new stress relieving best friend of your own.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat