It’s shocking how fast your life can change on a dime.
Last Week, my husband Clifton and I went out to take our poodle Angel for a walk.
We saw a cat from the neighborhood who we have known for years. The cat has always been so friendly and loving to us.
Clifton reached down to pet the cat, at the same time a bicycle rode by and almost hit it and a huge dog came barreling from the beach path towards the cat. It was like the perfect storm of animal danger. Since this all happened so fast, to my horror, all I could do was watch and scream NO!
The cat tried to climb up Clifton like a tree to get away from the perceived danger. My poor animal-loving husband had his hands, arms, feet, and legs to torn pieces. I’ll spare you the details but it was gruesome.
He was in the hospital for 5 hours while they tried to clean him up. It was shocking to me that a cat can do this much damage and how deadly cat bites are to humans.
Last night we got back from our fourth Emergency Room visit since the attack. We had to go to hospital every day to make sure Clifton‘s wounds from didn’t become infected.
Because of the bacteria from a cat’s saliva and the amount of damage the teeth do, wounds from a cat can be fatal. Every Doctor and nurse expressed their concern over Clifton’s injuries.
You can’t stitch up cat bites or they can become infected. Instead, you have to change the bandages three times and day and be checked by doctors to make sure no infection occurs.
I’m grateful to the wonderful staff at Bayside Hospital here in Virginia Beach.
The entire staff was caring and effective and efficient. Cliff doesn’t have to go back to the hospital again unless we spot trouble. He’s getting better, but is still is in pain, and it will be about another week of healing before he can get back to work.
I wanted to personally reach out and thank everyone for prayers and support. It is VERY appreciated.
There are lots of lessons here:
- Life is fragile and can change on a dime.
- Be grateful for what you have now. You never know when something totally out of control can change your life forever.
- Don’t take things for granted. Be alert to outside influences.
- When bad things happen, don’t go into blame. Instead, look for solutions and do whatever it takes to take care of yourself and heal.
In closing, I’ll say this: Clifton and I have a cat and we love him. This situation won’t change our feelings about our cat.
However, I will say that in the future, we’ll be more aware of our surroundings when dealing with outside cats!
Love and Light,