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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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4:21AM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

Let's help the helpless

4:49PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

This is such a compassionate story:) We rescued a kitty in New Orleans last year. Same story, she didn't know how to eat, she was blind and her body temperature was hypothermic! The vets said she'd die, but not on our watch. We bathed her, blow dried her, eye dropped her sugar water and buddied her up to sleep! She made it, we brought her back to Canada and Julep is thriving under my daughters care

8:39AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Great story!

5:39PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

You're right, Carolyn, Sheila IS a prize! I hope all continues to be well; thanks for telling your story.

6:13AM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

A rare smile from these stories.

1:54PM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Nice story. May you both have a long and happy life together.

12:14PM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Good story.

7:38AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Thank you for the rescue. Good story.

7:07AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

This was so sweet. You are both lucky.

4:36AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

What a beautiful kitty !

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