I always want this blog of mine to be a place of joy, but I’m afraid I have some very sad news.
Unbeknown to us, one of our kitties was very sick when we got her. I took them both for their first well-check yesterday morning and although there were very few signs that were apparent to us, it turned out that Lucy was very anemic and had jaundice. We were cautioned by our vet that this indicated a very poor prognosis and that we may have a very difficult decision ahead of us. We took her directly to the emergency vet and stayed there for several hours yesterday while they ran more tests and gave her fluids. They started her on an antibiotic and sent us home hoping that at a 24-hour recheck, she would show signs of improvement. If she did not begin to improve, they were afraid she had a condition called Feline Infectious Peritonitis which is fatal to cats. When I checked on her first thing this morning, she looked terrible. She wouldn’t eat or drink and looked listless. I scooped her up and headed back to the emergency vet. They rushed her in and attempted to get a catheter in her to administer fluids and attempt to stabilize her, but soon after, she stopped breathing. My heart broke. How can you fall so in love in such a short span of time?
Although we are clearly devastated, we don’t want to feel sad about it. We are choosing to acknowledge instead that we gave her the incredible gift of being loved, and boy have we loved on her! She didn’t suffer long and now rests with the angels.
Luckily, what Lucy had is not contagious and Lyla checked out to be very healthy other than a little cold in her eye. She is asleep on my lap as I am writing this. I am still so grateful that we decided to adopt them both.
After sharing the joy of getting them in yesterday’s post, it is so hard but necessary to share this news today. My apologies for the roller-coaster of emotions I’ve flooded you with as you share in my joy and then my heartbreak.
Thank you for all the well-wishes yesterday as I have not had a moment to answer all your wonderful and encouraging comments.
I will not be posting tomorrow, but hope to back and ready to go on Tuesday.
I love you all!! You make me feel blessed beyond measure!!