Sunday, January 20, 2013

Facebook Friends Are Amazing!

by Leann

When I look back on the last few months and now the last two weeks, I am surprised I am able to string two sentences together. Back in the spring of 2012, we had to paint, re-carpet and update the landscaping on our home in Texas so we could sell it. Next we put the house on the market and to our surprise it sold for cash almost immediately.

We packed like crazy, made all kinds of decisions and my husband retired. We moved to a new state after 38 years into a not-so-nice temporary home. We are getting plans together to build our final home on a lake. During all this, I wrote a book. We traveled all the way across the country at Christmas and had a wonderful time with our family--something we have not done in a long time.

Great things, difficult things, but mostly positive. But the nasty cold my husband got right after we returned to South Carolina before the New Year signaled a downturn. We all have them. What goes up, must come down, right? As he was getting well, I started to get sick. But I'd found a beautiful kitten and brought him home. Maybe because I was so ill I didn't see the early signs of what was to come. I named him Marlowe.

Marlowe became very sick, very quickly. I turned to the community of friends on Facebook and the support we have received has been unbelievable. I know the medicine is part of his recovery but I also am certain the speed at which he has progressed is due to the overwhelming positive energy coming our way.

The kindness of people, the caring and the concern mean so much. This blog post is to tell all of you how many tears you have saved me and how many times I was able to smile as I held Marlowe's tiny, quivering body in my arms. He is better. He is sweet. He may eventually succumb to whatever it is that caused this illness, but all this has made me stop and realize how important it is to reach out to others who need a kind word or a healing prayer--like you all did for me. Thank you one and all.

15 comments:

  1. Social Media is a funny thing. I have what I consider fairly close friends that I have never met. I often know more about their lives and families than I do people I worked with. When my "friends" have ups or downs in their lives, I feel it - the good and bad - and look forward to offering applause or prayers - whichever is needed.

    This friendship has also been returned to me. As I have ups and downs, my FB friends are there to congratulate or to sympathize. Yeah, there are negatives to FB, but there are also a lot of pluses.

    Another plus is that without FB, I would not have had the pleasure of reading books by many of the authors that I now love. My first "cozy" was Heather Webber's Lucy Valentine series (and I now have read all of Heather's books). Through her FB page, I found the Cozy Chicks and your Cat's in Trouble series. Now I have all of those, plus all the Abbey Rose books and I pre-order every new book you, Heather, Ellery, and other Cozy Chicks write. And I will admit, that "talking" to the authors and getting to know you all makes reading the books that much more special.

    I'll continue to pray for you and Marlowe, until he is back on all four paws. I also wish you all the best in getting your new home built and getting settled in (and I envy the view you'll have when it's done).

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  2. You and Marlowe will remain in my prayers. My little dog Phoebe had seizures so I know what you are going through. This past Sept. she became terribly sick and we took her to the ER vet. She never did recover and on Labor Day we had to say our final goodbyes. I will caution you to ask your vet, if Marlowe is still on seizure meds, if you should have his blood levels tested on a regular basis. Our vet only tested Phoebe's once in the year she was on them and I am convinved that that may have had something to do with her untimely death. Your little Marlowe is adorable and if I were a cat person he would be the type of cat I would want. Give that sweet little bundle of fur a big hug from me and know that whatever you have done and will continue to do for him, he will know your love is unconditional. <3

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  3. Thanks Lynda and Sue. The vet already did say Marlowe's blood levels for phenobarb would be checked before any changes are made. I am so sorry about Phoebe! I know you miss her so much. Marlowe improves everyday and I am relieved--for now. It's one day at a time.

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  4. I'm so glad that Marlowe improves every day. I hope to hear that he is walking, talking and causing a ruckus soon.

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  5. Here's a continuation of those positive thoughts and healing vibes from me and all my critters!

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  6. Thanks Dru and Kat. He is better today, little kitten steps forward continue!

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  7. Leann, I believe the reasons you have so many supporters and prayers going on behalf of you and Marlowe, you are an especially nice person. But, mostly it is the fact that Marlowe is a very handsome guy. ;) People do care.

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  8. Thanks so much Annette! And Marlowe is getting more handsome by the day! His beautiful blue eyes are sparkling again!

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  9. I've been following the reports on Marlowe and am glad the latest ones are positive! I'm also glad to see that you wrote a book while moving. That's what I'm attempting to do. Now I know it's possible! I hope Marlowe makes it!

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  10. Thanks Kaye. And yes, you CAN write a book while moving. If I can do it, then you sure can!! :-)

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  11. I'm so happy for you that Marlowe is better. I'm hoping everything starts going your way. Hugs

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  12. I have met lots of lovely people though facebook or other social media sites. I sometimes think there is therapy in it. If you are feeling bad, by saying it on there it gets it out of your head ,if you are happy you have someone to share it with, if you need a question answering someone will always have something to add . It can also make us feel less alone at times when we need people the most.

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  13. Thanks Kaye and Edel. Facebook helped when I was so frightened for my poor kitten. But he is SO MUCH BETTER! Yay!

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  14. Janice Taylor FreedmanJanuary 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I stumbled on to your post by reading the lovely Lorna Barrett's page. Bless you for taking on the precious kitten. By rescuing him, and helping him get well, I know you are a wonderful person. I will put you both in my prayers. I am sure he will make it, with such love behind him. Hugs and love to you both.

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  15. Thanks so much Janice. How sweet of you!! I'm betting you're pretty great, too. Another nice nice FB friend! :-)

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