Light within?

0900/21st February 2023

Though it is still in the forecast, we were spared the inconvenience of snow yesterday.

As we set out for my appointment in Clifton Park, I got on the phone with our veterinarian and we secured an early afternoon visit for Lucy.

The practice is very busy, especially after a public holiday, so this was a relief although the clinic is always very good at working things out.

Having a good veterinary clinic is one more thing to be very grateful for. Fortunately, I have always been lucky in my choices.

Lucy always screams murder when picked up and several octaves higher when placed in a carrier. Amazingly yesterday, she hardly protested and settled down for the brief journey.

Her behaviour has certainly changed, but losing her eyesight was bound to have some effect.

We are fairly certain that the loss of sight was sudden and not something that has been developing over time.

Animals are very good at hiding problems, which is why, when there is an issue, it is important to react quickly. Kidney problems for example, can kill a cat in a couple of days.

Lucy seemed perfectly well except for her vision. I read everything I could find online and looked at a ton of photographs to see if I could find one that resembled Lucy’s single eye, but I found no answers.

Our veterinarian had us place Lucy on the floor to see how well she could navigate an obstacle course, which she managed fairly well.

Our conclusion is that the sight is not totally gone, but certainly compromised and probably failing.

It was comforting to be told that Lucy’s problem does not appear to be brain-related and it is not glaucoma or anything likely to be painful.

We had not expected a cure, so we accepted this as good news although we are very sad for our poor girl. How disconcerting it must be to have your world suddenly fade away.

In my heart I want to cuddle and comfort her, but that would be for my benefit. She doesn’t like to be cuddled. Any comfort to be offered will be in the way of making sure furniture does not get moved, that everything be as she expects.

Lucy has already found a route between her perch near a radiator and the desk chair which she has repossessed from Willow.

She can climb onto her perch from the floor, but the chair with its cushion is a bit too high, so Lucy climbs from the low perch onto a set of drawers. From there onto a long table where I have my printer.

My printer and other things. You know, things that have homes but don’t get put back. Only now, everything that can be tidied, will be.

Lucy goes behind the printer to where there is a great little perch by a sunny window. But that’s not what she wants. She maneuvers over another set of drawers, onto my desk and behind my PC.

Unlike Toby, who prefers the path in front and over my keyboard.

From my desk onto another desk and onto her chair.

She likes to be near me and that, she has apparently decided, is just close enough. Willow doesn’t seem put out in the least, which is handy as she is inclined to mark her displeasures.

As we checked out from the veterinary clinic, I noticed a photograph on the counter, of a cat in need of a home. She could have been a double for Willow.

As I pointed it out to Grant, the nice receptionist said:

“You don’t need another!”

Then she reminded me of numerous up-coming annual check-ups and shots. I definitely don’t need another.

There are many reasons why I can’t take in another pet, but mostly because a pet deserves not to be part of a crowd.

When I began fostering cats, I created a website and put out a couple of notices but it was mostly a mystery how people found me. It seemed that once you told one person, the word went out.

Then it wasn’t possible to say no, and finally I had to take down the website and call it quits. After which I still seem to have acquired another 4 or 5 cats.

Speaking of crowds…

Coming back from Clifton Park we came upon a multitude of geese, sitting or lying around in an open field. They seemed to be awaiting their leader:

“Right. You got us this far. Now what?”

We began hearing geese about a week ago so we expected to see some by the river, but not this many!

They seemed to be everywhere.

The arrival of geese, clearly a sign of Spring and not the only one.

But it is too soon to declare! Yesterday’s bright morning soon clouded over and for the rest of the day the sky threatened.

Toward sunset, an interesting phenomenon.

With the snow mostly gone, our nearby fields have reverted to what I would call orange.

Or tan, if you like.

The sun had not been visible since early morning, but at about the time it was due to set, the fields all around lit up.

It was as if the light came from within.

After all, the sky was totally obscured.

The land itself appeared to be glowing.

Two minutes later, the lights began to shut down…

And that was it.

The Stage Manager hit the final switch.

Moments later it was dark.

7 thoughts on “Light within?

  1. Good news about Lucy’s eye. As long as she can negotiate her favourite spots by other means, and has you to look after her, she will adapt.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. That mysterious light… it’s as if the fields stored some light for themselves for the dark of winter and for a brief moment, an invisible cover was lifted, allowing you to partake of a hidden gift. May such a light burn brighter for Lucy too, hidden from the world but sufficiently visible to her.

  3. “In my heart I want to cuddle and comfort her, but that would be for my benefit. She doesn’t like to be cuddled. Any comfort to be offered will be in the way of making sure furniture does not get moved, that everything be as she expects.”

    And that’s a great example of what it means to care for and love a companion animal.

  4. As you said, for Lucy to lose her sight must be traumatic … but one is thankful that she is not in pain and can still move around the house comfortably (she can be your ‘printing lady’ when she finds herself near the printer 😉 ). Beautiful photos of all the geese – I think they are in serious need of Spring when I watch them arrive in such large groups!

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