Creating a Life Free From Chaos

Simple Blessings

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone — isn’t that the old saying?

We almost experienced that last week. Our beloved cat, Charlie, became suddenly ill a week ago Sunday. My husband rushed him to the vet — the kitty was experiencing kidney failure due to a tear in the old pipeline. We (well, mostly my husband) spent 5 days carting Charlie back and forth from our regular vet to the nighttime/weekend emergency vet.

On Friday, our vet told us that we should seriously consider giving up and putting him down. I was seeing improvement in him visually, even if the vet didn’t see it in his bloodwork, so I declined, hoping to give him just a little more time over the weekend to heal. We spent the weekend visiting him at the weekend clinic and praying for healing. By Sunday, his blood levels were finally reflecting the improvement I had seen in his demeanor a few days before.

Monday, after another day at his regular vet’s office, he was able to come home, with a catheter helping to bypass the tear and allow it to heal. Today, Wednesday, he went back to the vet to have the catheter removed, so we’re now hoping for a quick recovery from the dehydration, lack of food, and general illness that has accompanied his near-death experience. I think he’ll bounce back nicely once he’s home for good, with no tubes and not confined to a cage 24 hours a day.

It was a horrible, traumatic week, between the cat’s illness, me being pregnant and having constant morning sickness, a demanding toddler who also required a trip to the doctor and now daily breathing treatments, and a husband who is overworked and probably underappreciated. Add to that a never-ending to-do list and the often silly demands of everyday modern life, and I understand now how I got so jaded.

But now I have a renewed hope and thankfulness that I didn’t have a week and a half ago. I’m still busy as sin, but I’m trying to take time out each day to really enjoy the blessings I’ve been given, from a husband who worries about our pets and visits them at all hours in the 24-hour clinic, to our beautiful son who is growing into a little man before my eyes. I have a miracle cat, who cashed in one of his nine lives but came out kicking, and another beautiful kitty who is (knock on wood) healthy and happy.

I hope, in the future, it won’t take another week like that to get me to count my blessings.

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