Monday, July 7, 2014
July 4th, I Hiss At You!!!
One year ago today, at 2am on July 7, 2013, I held Tara's paw in my hand and whispered that it was okay to let go as she took her final breaths. That whole long July 4th weekend had been spent gently saying goodbye to the most beautiful, special, and brave little fur angel I have ever known. She was a once in a lifetime pet who changed my life in innumerable ways. I knew that this holiday weekend would be extremely difficult as I relived every single moment of one of the most painful times of my life.
Little did I know that another crisis was headed my way this year. On Friday afternoon my mom had a major heart attack. Doctors discovered immediately that she had blockage in 3 arteries. The artery that was in the worst shape and was causing the most problems was immediately opened up with 2 stents. The other 2 arteries are scheduled to be opened sometime today, and an echocardiogram will be performed to determine how much damage was done by the attack. Other than severe scoliosis, my mom has been perfectly healthy so this has been both shocking and terrifying. She is my best friend, the only person in my "real life" who loves cats as much as I do, so facing this major health crisis has really thrown me for a loop. (One amazing coincidence: Mom's roommate in the hospital has a Yorkiepoo named Truffles!)
What makes this even more unbelievable is that my father's first heart attack occurred 21 years ago...on July 4, 1993.
On top of everything else, Terpsie, the neighbor kitty that I featured on last week's Caturday Art post, was gently helped across the Rainbow Bridge early yesterday morning. It was almost to the hour the exact same moment that I lost Tara last year. Since I pet sit for Terpsie so often, I was asked to help bury her yesterday afternoon. It was an honor.
Does anyone question why I plan to wipe July 4th from my calendar in the future?
Labels: Remembering Tara