Good morning, Dear Readers!
While I was lying in bed unable to sleep yet again last night, I realized something.. I haven’t given any updates on Pretty Boy since I asked for prayer for him. I did on my personal fb page but not here. I forgot. I am sorry! Thank you so much to those who have been praying for him! I pray God will bless you abundantly in return for the favor you have done for me!
Pretty Boy’s maintaining pretty well.. lost a little more weight I think, but is in good spirits & about as active as he ever was (which isn’t very..he’s always been the couch potato type. lol). Evidence says that the problems with his liver are indeed a carcinoma, as the vet suspected. She doesn’t expect him to have much time left. However, he is going to enjoy every possible moment of whatever time he has left, & he is getting the best care possible to help him be as healthy as possible until the end. He is surrounded by love, especially from his brother who is constantly close to him these days. He seems quite happy, frequently looking for snuggles from the other animals or my husband or I.
Logically I know my vet knows what she is talking about with our situation. She is an amazing vet, & full of love, compassion & insight. She also knows Pretty Boy really well. However, I also know God is capable of miracles. And, when this type of situation arises, which sadly is inevitable when you have pets, I have learned to lean on Him more than usual, expecting those miracles. I have been asking Him to give Pretty Boy the best possible days, & to help him not to suffer. I also ask God for a complete healing, but if that is not His will, then when Pretty Boy’s time comes, please make it quick for his sake. I have prayed like this for every animal I’ve had, & every single one has not suffered. Even the ones with long standing illnesses were able to take less medications & lived longer than the doctors expected with a good quality of life. God has truly honored my prayers, & I am truly grateful for that.
I never have been comfortable with euthanasia, & do not want to be put in the position again of having to decide whether or not my pet lives or dies. I have been there only one time, & it was horrifying. When my beautiful snowshoe kitty Jasmine had her first stroke, we took her to the vet. He said she had either cancer or pancreatic issues, & wouldn’t live much longer. I should “just put her down.” As I looked into her lovely blue eyes, I just knew in my heart not only was that not right for her, but she didn’t want it. I told the vet no, & he scolded me for being “selfish & inhumane.” I have never seen that vet again, & he left the practice shortly after. I took her home, & within a couple of days, saw Jasmine was recovering rather than getting worse. I then met a friend who is a vet tech who diagnosed Jasmine has having had a stroke, NOT cancer or pancreatic problems! She lived almost exactly 2 more years, healthy & happy, with only a slight sway to her hips the sign of having had a stroke. If I had listened to the vet, she would have died prematurely! We would’ve missed out on 2 years with one of the most amazing cats God’s ever made, & she would’ve missed out on 2 years of love & fun with her family. Also, during that 2 years, Jasmine had 3 more strokes, only her final one 2 days before she passed away being quite severe. The other ones, as soon as possible after the stroke, she would walk the house over & over. That may have saved her life- it made the blood clot move through her body rather than staying in one spot. She was so smart, strong & an inspiration.
I know I’m kinda all over the place with this post..so sorry! Please bear with me- not much sleep has been happening the last couple of nights! Worrying about Pretty Boy & difficult conversations with my mother 2 days in a row have affected my sleep habits.