Here we go again. I posted this on another loop, but thought maybe there would be a few here who hadn't read about it:
You know from my whiney posts that I had shoulder surgery six weeks ago. The pain has been worse than expected, and I hate taking narcotics, so I whine a lot. A couple of days ago, I had taken my narcotics and other meds to kill the pain, but it didn't work. Must have been a weather change. So as I lay there on my Lazy Boy recliner, aching and feeling sorry for myself, a strange thing happened. One of our rescued cats, Hobbit, who is very fat, jumped onto the headrest of my chair. This is something new for her. She isn't a lap cat, but she's done this since a few weeks before my surgery. She's more attentive for some reason.
Soon after, Mel's cat, Teddy Bear, another rescued cat, jumped onto my chair and lay on the armrest. She isn't a lapcat, either, so this was weird. Then Data, my two-year-old kitten, rescued from Walmart parking lot, who is very attached to me, jumped onto my chest and settled in, purring and grinning into my face, from time to time touching my cheek with his paw lovingly. Hobbit-the-fat started purring very loudly. All three cats were touching me. I couldn't get out of the chair, because Hobbit is really heavy, and I couldn't raise the chair back.
The shooting pains across my shoulders, arms and hands began to go away. Within ten minutes, that pain was gone, and remained that way for several hours,
Call me crazy. As I've said to other friends, I know about the laying on of hands, but the laying on of cats has not been common knowledge. I had just prayed for God to ease my pain. He did. He used these cats to do it, I have no doubt, though it feels really strange to admit that. I had just been complaining two days before that our cats didn't keep up their end of the housework. I won't complain like that again.
I'd love to read about other stories of animal aid. Do you have animals you love who have had an impact in your life in this way? I know we've discussed this before, but this healing thing, it's all new to me!