|Mama Cat and Owner|
It was almost impossible. I was even weaker when I awoke on Tuesday, and I struggled from the bed to the bathroom. In my shower I have a little plastic stool that I use to put my foot up on when I'm washing, but this morning it had a more important role. Too weak to stand for the whole shower, I sat down on the stool three times just to rest, letting the water hit me as I panted. When I finished, I was too weak to stand and dry myself, so I laid down on the bed to do that. Finally it was time to dress, but that too was a nightmare. I'd put on an article of clothing and then lie down on the bed and pant for awhile. It was pathetic, but I was still hadn't considered cancelling the trip.
Mama Cat was watching all of this very carefully. In this blog I've written numerous posts about her (and my other cat, Barney), but let me quickly recap her story. At age one she escaped from the home in which she'd originally lived, had an adventure with a tom cat, and produced a litter of kittens. The number of kittens in her litter is unknown, but cats typically give birth to three to eight. Mama, even though declawed, managed to keep two of them alive until all three cats were rescued, taken to a vet's office (where she acquired her name), the two kittens weaned and given away, and Mama became the office cat for a few months until she was taken home with me. She's incredibly smart and I'm very pleased at how much she loves me, witness what follows.
"Mama thinks I'm dying!" I muttered, amazed at the thought. Then I remembered my own and my family's history of ignoring symptoms, decided she might be right, made a phone call to my doctors, and shortly was in the emergency room. I spent three days being fed through an IV drip, with more than one doctor assuring me that "Mr. Whaley, you'd have died on the airplane from system failure."
"Dog Meat," December 27, 2009
"Parakeets and Me," February 5, 2010
“Bears,” February 23, 2010
"The Many Faults of Douglas Whaley," March 31, 2010
"Teaching English to Cats," August 6, 2010
"The Purring Heart," November 23, 2010
“A Guide to the Best of My Blog,” April 29, 2013