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Night Nurse Gives Best Medicine to Unexpected Patient

Night Nurse Gives Best Medicine to Unexpected Patient


Written byCarolyn Craig of California

It was close to midnight when my pager sounded, a call from the night caregiver of a senior care facility our hospice serves. As theon-callnight nurse, it was my responsibility to respond toafter-hours emergencies. The thoughtful and able caregiver described breathing problems for one of her charges. Could I come? Of course, I told her, and was quickly on my way. It was a chilly late October nightso I pulled on a warm fleece jacket with deep, zippered pockets before heading out the door.

After attending to my patient and feeling assured thather symptoms wereunder control, I headed back to the nurses’ station. Suddenly, aseries ofloud piercing wails filled the air.Since frightened human beings can makeamazingly shrill sounds, I assumed one of the elderly residents must be having a nightmare.”Is that one of our hospice patients?” I asked.

“No,” the caregiver replied. “It’sa baby kitty. Our administrator found her in the parking lot today. She won’t eat.”

When I looked at her, my heart nearly broke…

My 21-year-old cat Lazarushad died three weeks earlier and I was grieving. Although I had resolved not to get anothercat for at least a year, I found myself asking to see the kitten. What could it hurt just to see her? When Ilooked ather, my heart nearlybroke.Huddled in a corner wasa tiny, dirty, pitiful kitten. Although her eyes were clouded over andshe appeared to be partially blind, she darted away as I approached, shrieking the whole time. The staff had carefully put out food and something for her to drink but she didn’t know how toeat since shewas too young to havebeen weaned from her mother. The administrator had found herhiding in a pile of leavesoutside the facility with just her ears peeking out and had taken her inside for warmth.

As I left, a tiny bundle was nestled inside one of my fleece pockets. That night she got a warm bath to bring up her body temperature and for the next 3 or 4 days I fed her with a dropper since she was too weak to eat. Her tiny tail was broken in 3 places, she weighed only a poundand she had abrasions on her face. She has sincethrived and today that tiny kitten I named Sheila is a beautiful,healthy, intelligentone-year-old. Her sight is completely restored.

Here's what Sheila looks like today.

I’m so grateful to the kind staff at the senior facility for rescuing her and trusting me to take care of her. People tell me she’s a lucky cat to have found me but I disagree. “I’m the lucky one,” I tell them. “She helped my heart to heal. Sheila is a prize.”

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase and the Harmony Fund international rescue squads.


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Photo Credit for Kitten: Sergey Berezin |

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8:07PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

This story was posted January 2012 so by now I think they both have an even more secial attchment and love/respect for each other. Almost 2 years ago this little baby was found;

"The administrator had found her hiding in a pile of leaves outside the facility with just her ears peeking out and had taken her inside for warmth."

I saw the date after I commented....

8:02PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Carolyn and Sheila what a wonderful meant to be story.
You both are so lucky... :-)

TY for sharing your story !!

4:55AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

How sweet, some events just seem fated to happen.

11:57PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

God bless you, Carolyn Craig, and all like you! (As the poor little darling was so small, I think I would have put her in my bra so she could get warmer quicker and hear the comfort of a heartbeat...). Isn't Sheila a beautiful cat - such a darling - you are both so lucky to have found each other - thank the Lord she had such a piercing voice!

7:29AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Animals are such treasures. sad some people do not understand this and through them away, but the people that understand how precious they are find them and keep them forever, a real treasure is a cat, dog or any animal. They fill our hearts like no human can.

5:09AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

What a little beauty. You were both lucky!!!

3:11AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Carolyn Craig you are one lovely lady. Sheila is so lucky to have found you and at a time when your were so sad having lost your Lazarus. It was meant to be. You found each other and may you spend many happy healthy years to come. We can never replace a little personality with another, but our lost pets would not want us to be sad, they would want our love to be shared with another.

10:24PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Thank-you for this story. Yes lucky person & lucky kitty. They were meant for each other.

6:44AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

A match made in heaven!

5:38AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

This is helping

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