Sunday, October 17, 2010

Difficult Day, Long Night

by Leann

I usually write my Sunday blog on Saturday, but I am now writing at 5:30 in the morning on Sunday after I nearly lost my kitty Agatha Christie yesterday. She has diabetes, as most of you know, and yesterday she had a hypoglycemic seizure--a seizure from low blood sugar that left her unconscious on my bedroom floor. That scared me so much that thoughts of writing a blog left my mind. I have awoken about four times in the night to check on her and only now did I remember I owe you all a blog.

It isn't the end of the world, of course. Pets get sick quicker than we'd like and their health fails. With some intervention on my part yesterday, Agatha came back quite nicely. But if I hadn't been shopping online for something I did not need, I might not have found her in time. Funny how that happens. I have this "shoe thing" and when I am anxious, I shop for shoes. Since I cannot go out much--stores and malls exhaust me--I buy shoes online. Way too many shoes. I'd found a pair that looked tempting but I wasn't sure if I wore a 6 1/2 or 7 in that brand. So I went to the bedroom to check and see if I had a similar pair to give me a hint. That's when I found Agatha nearly lifeless on the floor.

This isn't a blog about a sick cat, it's a blog about fate, about how things happen for a reason. It's about being in the right place at the right time. I got lucky because Agatha is sleeping next to me and she will be all right for now. What about you? Has fate intervened in a difficult time in your life? Given you another chance at something important? I'd love to hear.

22 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

So glad your kitty is okay. I can certainly understand focusing on her and not writing.

I do believe in fate and that things happen for a reason. Years ago I had a friend pop back in my life for a few days that I hadn't seen in a number of years. Some where in our conversation my friend stressed that I should wear my seatbelt (back before it was law). Weeks later I got in the car and as I started to pull out of the parking lot, I heard my friend's voice telling me about wearing my seatbelt. So I put it on and two blocks from my house a teenager ran a stop sign and broadsided me. The seatbelt kept me from being seriously injured. I put it on everytime I get in the car now and silently thank my friend.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Leann Sweeney said...

That gave me the chills. Thank goodness for your friend!

Laineshots said...

I'm so glad you were shopping for shoes! I mean, I'm so glad Agatha is okay. What a scare for you - and how reassuring to know that we are not alone - that fate has a way of nudging us in the right direction. This has happened too many times to count.

I do a lot of online shopping too, for the same reason as you. Well, we have to do our part to keep the economy healthy, don't we?

Heather Webber said...

Hugs to you and Agatha. Thank goodness you were shoe shopping.

I think about fate a lot. Especially when I see a bad accident. I start to play that what-if game. What if I hadn't forgotten my cell phone and left the house on time? Would that have been me in that accident? That kind of thing.

I also think the universe gives us little clues to our fate sometimes. When I was submitting my Nina Quinn series and was waiting to hear if it would be published, my husband I were driving downtown. The car in front of us had a license plate that read "Miz Quinn" (which is why Nina's neighbor calls her that). I sold the series within a few days. Coincidence????

Carol said...

I've had such things happen several times. I honestly don't think it is "coincidence", but a Higher Power giving a visible sign to us. And I'm glad, too, that you had to make that trip into your bedroom at just the right time.

Leann Sweeney said...

No coincidence, that's for sure. And Heather, what a sign! I went out early this morning and bought a glucose meter and Agatha is high at 216, but that is not super high, so I gave her a small amount of insulin but I will not be taking my eyes off her ALL DAY! Aren't shoes wonderful?

Dru said...

I'm glad Agatha is doing better.

I definitely believe in fate and sometimes it has to hit me in the head for me to pay attention to it.

I recently ran into an ex-coworker and this person will be important in an endeavor that I have to undertake.

Miki Willa said...

I believe that things happen for a reason. Many years ago, I was househunting in a city where I had never been. I must have seen 50 houses in four days. I had to make a decision, but all the houses ran together. That night, I had a very specific dream about one of the houses. The next day, I made an offer on that house. Because of that dream, I found my current husband, the love of my life. Pretty amazing.

Leann Sweeney said...

That is amazing. More proof that that everything happens for a reason.

Clea Simon said...

I've had similar "accidental" interventions - sometimes, I think we pick up that something is happening/we are needed, but we don't know why... at any rate, I'm glad you were there and glad you're both OK. All we can do is love those we love, that's all that lasts.

Leann Sweeney said...

Very true Clea. Agatha is getting lots of love as well as lots of poking accompanied by "Are you okay? Are you awake?" I think she's getting annoyed!

Anonymous said...

Leanne, glad to hear that Agatha is doing better. And a kitty "annoyed" is a healthy kitty!!!

I also had a diabetic kitty at one time so I know what you are going through. She was named "Trixie" (a name you used for one of the kitties in your last book in her memory.) She was a Tortie, as we know Torties have plenty of attitude!!!

So hang in there, with your diabetic kitty. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Shirley in Baltimore

Queen Lizz said...

Whew! What a scare! I am glad that Agatha is alright now. She will get used to the testing... Margherita always came looking for me to test her. She was better than an alarm clock! I guess it was also due to the fact that she got her meal after testing. LOL! Oddly enough, she now wakes me up every morning for her ear gel dose...

BTW, I am a shoe-a-holic, myself. When I got married last year, my husband went into my closet, counted my shoes, and promptly declared that I would make Imelda Marcos jealous.

Leann Sweeney said...

Of course I remember Trixie. And Agatha is a tortie, too, Shirley. An exotic shorthair.

Yes, Lizz, had to test. She didn't have a really high number this morning after 24 hours without insulin, so obviously she was getting too much. But I will test her tonight to see what she's doing. The testing isn't difficult but she gets her heart medicine at night and HATES that, so I might have to rearrange her schedule. I don't want to associate the testing with the yucky heart medicine! She might hide and I'll never find her. (she's a good hider at 4 pounds. can fit in little places.)

Peacecat said...

I'm glad you found Agatha in time. Things do often (very often) happen for a reason. Call it fate, divine intervention, destiny, whatever.

Leann Sweeney said...

So true Peacecat!It made me get proactive and learn how to test her blood sugar. I needed to do that.

Linda Leszczuk said...

So glad Agatha is okay. Lately fate's been playing hide and seek with me. Lots of happenings but the reasons aren't too clear yet. It will come.

By the way - be careful with that insulin. I was giving my friend's diabetic cat her injection one time and accidently pushed the needle into my thumb. Taking a dose of feline insulin isn't a problem, if you don't mind the hairballs. :-)

Moonsanity said...

I'm glad she is okay. I've had things like this happen SO many times--it never fails to amaze me. You shop for shoes the way I shop for books. I get stressed and go pull up some online book sites-- sometimes I buy if I have extra money, sometimes I window shop. Either way it's relaxing:)

Leann Sweeney said...

Linda, I may have already given myself a tiny dose! LOL. Agatha is SO MUCH BETTER today. Her blood sugar was 143 and she was already going for a glucose curve (all day) at the vet so I did not give her insulin and sent it with her, along with the food I believe is helping her. They better not overdose her!

Thanks Moonsanity. Yes, online shopping is both relaxing and dangerous! Thanks for the good thoughts. The vet never told me to change Agatha's food but, like humans, that seems to have made all the differencee. (I sent food with her to the vet. No more grain for her!)

Leann Sweeney said...

Linda, I may have already given myself a tiny dose! LOL. Agatha is SO MUCH BETTER today. Her blood sugar was 143 and she was already going for a glucose curve (all day) at the vet so I did not give her insulin and sent it with her, along with the food I believe is helping her. They better not overdose her!

Thanks Moonsanity. Yes, online shopping is both relaxing and dangerous! Thanks for the good thoughts. The vet never told me to change Agatha's food but, like humans, that seems to have made all the difference. (I sent food with her to the vet. No more grain for her!)

Anonymous said...

I'm happy Agatha is doing well ...

I had an experience with fate that scared the life out of me. About a week ago a package was delivered to my house while I was gone. When I came home I picked it up and noticed it was for the house on the next street over but the same house number... so instead of calling UPS, I decided to just deliver it myself. So I grabbed my dogs leash (better to have a 100 lb measure of protection,just in case) and took off to play "Santa" in July. When we got to the house there was a car in the drive way I rang the bell & knocked , but no answer. I decided to leave the box, but when I went to sit it down Jack(my hyper little baby) bolted after a cat he chased it towards the side yard of the house... I chased him and his trailing leash, by the time I got around all obstacles to where he was he was squeezing under the fence. When I opened the gate I heard running water, so I yelled out to alert the owner I was there for my dog, but got no response... I figured at this point it was another one of those forgetful people that left a hose on to go answer the phone so I carefully, while still yelling out that I was there, made my way further into the yard.... only to find a very pregnant woman passed out in the backyard with the waterhose in hand. I pulled out my cell phone and called 911 .. shut off the water and jumped into first aid mode... she had a pulse and was breathing, but was unresponsive. I had a flash of the return label on the box and went into her house through an open back door and found her purse ... dumped it out and saw the 1 thing I was hoping for ... test kit! Took it outside and stuck her finger .. her blood sugar was 59! Went back inside opened the fridge and found a single serve OJ bottle ... took it out and started dribbling it into her mouth. When the paramedics arrived she was still unconcious... so I grabbed her purse out of the house shut the door behind me, left my dog in the yard and went to the hospital with her in the ambulance. The hospital used the insurance card in her purse to contact her husband and her OB. A few hours later as I was preparing to leave the ER dr approached me and said if I hadn't stumbled into her backyard, she and the baby wouldn't have made it. A few days later her husband and parents showed up at my home, with flowers and dog treats for Jack, to thank us. But honestly if I hadn't flashed to the company name and recognized it as the same company that delivers my parents diabetic supplies things might have ended differently....

Leann Sweeney said...

What an amazing story! You were meant to go to that house WITH your dog. Aren't you happy? I am!