Lady Emeraude is feeling okay. Her white blood cells are still frighteningly high and her red blood cells too low, but they are not as bad as they were. It’s hard to tell where her heart condition is without an x-ray or EKG, but I don’t see any labored breathing or signs of excessive stress with physical activity. Her conditions are still there and pretty serious, but we are managing her ability to deal with them and her comfort level. When she yells at me for food, I have a good laugh!
But first she gets some pets, and that’s nice for a while as she purrs and sits up a bit and rubs her face all over my hand, then tilts her head around and says, “There. Scratch me there.”
“Ah,” she purrs, “that’s the spot. I can’t reach it anymore.”
Simple comforts are often the ones we miss most when we’re unwell, and often the ones we forget to give when we are giving care. Emeraude’s door is closed more often than it used to be so she has more time to eat, and the room stays warmer too, but I try to time her meals for when I’m downstairs and overnight, so the door can be open when I’m working in my studio. Sometimes I walk past the bathroom door on my way to my studio and hear Emeraude yell, “Hey lady!” and I use my best waitress voice to tell her, “I’ll be with you in a moment.” Sometimes I open the door and scrutinize her attitude and actions to help determine how she’s feeling and start to get her food ready, crush all her medications and mix them with water then mix them into her food, and I don’t realize I didn’t even pet her when I entered until I feel her paw tapping on my leg and look down and see the photo at the top. She’s quickly forgiving.
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