Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Little Christmas Miracle

Caution: Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach :)

Last Friday I picked up Harley and Hazel cats from the Vet, a day after their spaying. Harley and Hazel are two of our barn kitties. We’re taking two at a time for “fixing” purposes.

All seemed well with the little feline girls post-surgery. I was told that Harley’s uterus was nearly disintegrated prior to surgery. The vet seems to think she has given birth to several litters. I brought them home and put them both in a big pet taxi with all their necessities.

During the late afternoon check, I noted something was not right with Harley. Upon further inspection, it appeared that Harley’s insides were indeed *outside*.  The incision was completely un-done, and intestines and goodness knows what else, were hanging out. Not good! Thank goodness for Mr. W who helped me through my panic. He literally held Harley together while I called the vet, who said to meet at the clinic as soon as we could get there.

It was unclear what happened. Perhaps she chewed the incision. Perhaps she strained really hard. Nonetheless, amazingly, she did not appear to be in a lot of distress. She was anesthetized upon arrival, then all exposed parts were rinsed off in the clinic sink. Trust me when I say – it was not pretty.

All this time I was thinking maybe what I had taken Harley in for to help her… may have really hurt her. All my fault. All my fault…

The trust I’ve gained with this cat over the past few months has been amazing to me. She has gone from a wild, growling, scared cat to a purring, loving, trusting cat. Completely amazing.

Mr. W assisted with the procedure. He has been in on a lot of vet assists over the years, so this was no big deal to him. I, on the other hand, felt a little queasy and uneasy about it all (and my dream of younger days was to become a veterinarian?). All parts were carefully RE-placed, and Harley was stitched back up. We took her home, along with 5 syringes of antibiotics.

With each day, I saw a stronger Harley. Purring, meowing, walking, bumping up against my leg.  I fed her soft food in limited amounts, and still worried about her intestines after their “coming out party.” She seemed like she was recovering, but there was still no evidence that she was digesting her food properly – are ya following me here? ;-)

Tonight, day 5, we gave her the final antibiotic shot, and lo and behold, I found the proof I’d been looking for – the proof that Miss Harley was gonna be okay. It appears all parts are in working order. Praise the Lord for small miracles!

Anything is possible, and we can be reminded of this in even the smallest, most humble ways.

So, amid the hustle and bustle of these last few hours before Christmas, I hope you will find some miracles. Maybe big, maybe small, but may they bless your heart in a big way.

harley

Merry Christmas!

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25 comments:

~Tonia said...

Glad she is doing okay!! Its the little miracles that make the day!!

Just Joany said...

I'm so happy that Harley is on the mend. May all your dreams come true. Merry Christmas!

~ Just Joany
Red Wagon Flights

OsageBluffquilter said...

Perhaps you should have named her Harleyette.

Merry Christmas Tammy, PW and fiddle man!

Kritter Keeper said...

ohh! i am so glad to hear harley is fine...why didn't the vet give her an e collar to put on? poor kitty. my daddy cat was wild too. you have a good heart and harley knows that or she would not have tamed up to you. bless her! and kudos to you for fixing your animals!! merry christmas!!

Debbie said...

Oh so glad that Harley is OK after her "insides out" experience.

Debbie said...

Tammy, I am so glad she's ok! I can relate to what you said about 'helping or hurting'; sometimes we want to help and things go awry. So I rejoice for you in your Christmas miracle. I love animals, and many are so mistreated. I'm glad to know this one will live out her life with a mistress who really cares.
Merry Christmas! Debbie

Feral Female said...

Oh thank goodness Harley seems to be fine! I would have been a wreck too if something like that had happened to my cat!

Rural Rambler said...

Aww Tammy I am glad Harley is doing well and thank goodness she had you and Mr. W as her guardian angels. She is one of the lucky ones. What a sweet "Little Christmas Miracle" for this morning. I and CH want to wish you and Mr. W and everyBODY you hold dear a Very Merry Peaceful Country Christmas at Flat Creek Farm!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Bless her heart, so glad she's doing good. Merry Christmas!

Shelly's Stuff Jewelry said...

Glad to hear everything turned out okay. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season!

Down On The Farm said...

Glad to hear that all is well! You guys have a wonderful Christmas. And you're right . . . we may get that white Christmas yet :)! Be safe and, again, Merry Christmas!!!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Ouch!!! Happy to hear everything turned out okay. Wishing ya'll a wonderful Christmas.

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

Poor baby Harley. I hope Harley, you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.
Blessings,
Nancy

Elle Bee said...

Thank goodness for the little Christmas miracle! Poor little Harley--I'm glad she's going to be okay and that all parts are where they should be!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Thank you for sharing your Harley story tonight--I feel better now knowing that a cat is healed because someone loved her enough to do what is right--most people would of just had the Vet put her to sleep at "that" point--Bless you--
Merry Christmas to you, yours and all the kitties

Hugs, Di

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Glad she is doing better. But how awful for her and for you to have to deal with something like that!!! Merry Christmas!

from our front porch... said...

This story warmed my heart :) I am glad Miss Harley is on the mend.
Merry Christmas to you, friend!
God Bless, Misha

Kilauea Poetry said...

Thanks for the encouragement..wow, what a blessing! I'm really glad everything turned inside alright (lol). Honestly, I can imagine the waiting and how you had to take it in faith. All my blessings to you and your family this Christmas!
Regina-

Cheryl and Carman said...

How terrible! I hope Harley continues to mend. I can not imagine how scarey it must have been! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I am so glad to hear that poor Harley is on the mend. Bless her little heart. Merry Christmas - I'm so glad to have found your blog.
-Staci

Rural Revival said...

Oh Tammy, what an ordeal...for ALL of you. I am so,so glad she is on the mend. Please give her a sweet little kiss from me! Miracles do happen, don't they...sometimes we just have to remember to keep ourselves a little more receptive to them.

Blessings to you all ~Andrea~

Thistle Cove Farm said...

OH MY! I am so sorry; it sounds dreadful and am most happy healing has begun.
Our fur-babies are family.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from Thistle Cove Farm.

Nezzy said...

There is nothin' like a Christmas Miracle! I believe, I believe! I'm so happy for sweet Harley. This Ozarks farm chick is so happy I popped and enjoyed the read.

From the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, ya'll have a wonderfully blessed New Year!!!

Janean said...

Tammy, how frightening for YOU. Glad the story ended well. (hug)

OsageBluffquilter said...

Okay the blog makeover is over the top CUTE!

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