No doubt if you've been a long-time reader of this blog then you know that Boo was blessed with her very own kitten back in September 2011. It was love at first sight. Don't believe me? Check out the original photos or, better yet, watch the video that still brings a tear to my eye every time I watch it.
Elphaba (Boo's kitty) has since made herself at home with our family and is more loving (needy?) than most cats I've known. It was a little overdue, but Elphaba needed to get spayed. Having never had a cat that needed this surgery, I had no idea what to expect. Honestly, I didn't expect it to be nearly as big of a surgery as it was. My ignorance, of course, meant that Boo was ill-prepared because I had no idea what to prepare her for. My bad!
I wasn't expecting Elphaba to be on a "no play" order for two weeks. How do I tell a 4-year-old, don't "play kitty" with your kitty?
I wasn't prepared for the waterfall of tears from Boo as we drove home from dropping Elphaba off at the vet. She was so worried that Elphaba was scared and lonely without her.
I didn't expect that they would shave Elphaba's arm, nor did I imagine the sheer number of stitches and swelling. I don't know why, I've had surgery myself, this should not have come as a shock to me. It's likely because I just didn't see "cat surgery" and "people surgery" as the same. I was wrong.
I also didn't expect that they would send us home with pain medication that we needed a driver's license to get. You'd think after all the CSI that I watch I would have expected kitty-narcotics, but nope, I was unprepared.
But in the end, Boo wiped away her tears and stepped up, being the best "big sister" (as she refers to herself) for whom Elphaba could ever want.
She has been nothing but patient and thoughtful with her little kitty. She was present when the doctor gave the orders for Elphaba's care and has made sure that she (and the rest of us!) are following them to the letter.
Boo loves only one thing as much as she loves her kitty: Her pandas. She has grown up with Big Panda, Baby Panda, Wee Little Panda, and Itty Bitty Panda. They have comforted her through all of her illnesses, and continue to give her peace at bedtime.
So when Boo gave Elphaba one of her pandas (this one is Itty Bitty Panda) for comfort, I shed a tear of my own.
Elphaba seemed to be comforted, as well. She slept soundly for another hour, snuggling the little panda. Boo grabbed her blanket and Baby Panda and snuggled up on the floor next to her.
So she "won't have to be lonely in her pain."
*wipes another tear*