Please Pray For My Sweet Girl
My darling striped baby, my comforter and honey, is desperately sick and spending the night in the hospital in an oxygen bed.
She has acute pneumonia.
I have no idea how this happened. All I know is that she was sneezing a lot a few weeks ago, and then a few days ago started picking at her food. Still, she was energetic and snuggly and purring and fine. She slept in the crook of my arm on New Year's Eve.
Today I noticed with concern that she hadn't seemed to have touched her food. I came home in the afternoon and called for her. She didn't answer. I called for her again. I looked everywhere for her. I made distressed Mommy Kitty Cat noises. She didn't come.
Finally, finally, she appeared at the railing of the stairs. I ran up and scooped her up in my arms and put her on the bed to inspect her, just knowing that she wouldn't have hidden out so carefully if she wasn't sick.
She was gasping for breath. I got her to the hospital where X-rays revealed a terrible white cloudy mess all around her lungs.
They didn't have an oxygen tent there so I brought her to the bigger animal hospital nearby, driving very carefully and begging her not to die the whole way.
I left her tonight in her little oxygen container, and I have to say that as I petted her goodbye through the little hole in the side with tears spilling down my face, she looked totally unconcerned. She was like, "I love you, but I'm a cat. I'm totally Buddha about all of this."
I know *she's* non-attached, but I'm VERY attached.
I love her so much. I know you know that.
Please say a prayer to St. Francis for Ermengarde.
[Update: Thursday morning at 6:10. She made it through the night!! She got worse, then she stabilized, then she started getting better! She ATE! She peed! They are keeping a close eye on her and the woman I spoke to said she was in love and actually pulled up a chair next to her pen to see if Ermie slept at all. She said Erm has started breathing with her mouth closed again so they're upgrading her status. The doctor is calling with a radiologist report mid-morning. Thank you all for your prayers, I love you for understanding. I had a terrible night of nightmares. I have never slept in this house without her. There was so much energy gone. She is the guardian angel of this parsonage, and I see now that it is HER domain!!-- VW]
[Update at 2:10 pm -- very bad news. It doesn't seem to be pneumonia, but some kind of embollism or cancer or something else chronic and deadly. I've been crying all day. The doctor is supposed to call soon. They are "keeping her comfortable." - PB]