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Loki does not appreciate it when I have a lay in…

My kitten, Loki, is a very demanding little sir. Yesterday, despite suffering with very bad sciatica, I went over to my sister’s for the afternoon and early evening for dinner. I spent the whole time chasing and tickling my nephew, playing with him and his new toys, etc.

So, naturally, I had to take extra painkillers last night to actually finally get to sleep at around 2am. Which meant I woke up quite late this morning (around 10am). When I rolled over and tugged open my curtains, Loki was just sat there, staring into my soul. It was eerie. 😂

The second I managed to sit upright he legged it over to his food bowls (he has one always full of biscuits and then a few times a day he has wet food). But the way he practically SCREAMS his meows at me, you’d think I hadn’t fed him in weeks. My Loki, the Drama King and God of Mischief. 😂 I’m so glad I have him, though. He seriously cheers me up on days where smiling feels impossible. He’s a good boy, really. He gives me lots of cuddles when I need them.

I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not (but it probably is), but since my lower back has been painful for the last couple of weeks, when he crawls under the covers with me in bed, he lays behind me, curled up at my lower back. The heat from his not-so-little body eases the spasms there. 🥰

#ChronicPain #sciatica #BackPain #TherapyPets #Kitten #Cat #Loki #POTS #EDS #NAFLD #BPD #Diabetes #InterstitialCystitis #Migraines #Jointpain #Animals #cute

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This kitty is too cute!

As some of you will have seen, the other day I made a post about my Loki always knowing when I need him, and the way he calms me down when I’m anxious or in pain. He’ll come over and curl up in my lap or by my side.

I’m so lucky to have him.

HOWEVER. This is what I was greeted with this morning. 😂 He was sat right on my chest, just staring at me. It was pretty unnerving. When I didn’t move, he let out this tiny squeak of a meow and then began patting at my face with his paw.

“Mum. Hey, mum. Are you awake? Get up, wench, and feed me. I’m STARVING.” 😑😂

#chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #NAFLD #LiverDisease #InterstitialCystitis #Diabetes #Migraines #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Depression #Anxiety #TherapyPet #TherapyAnimal #Cats #Kittens #TherapyPets

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Don’t feel much like me

It’s been over a month and a half since my little dog passed on. Just writing that brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat.

I thought about applying for another little dog but I feel like that is betraying Oscar somehow. At the same time, I don’t feel financially secure to have another furbaby.

Struggling to pay the bills even with a just over minimum wage job is heavy. COVID blew away our savings just for survival. The gross increase in prices makes everything so much worse. I know the supply chain was affected badly. I know there is a ripple effect. I also know it takes time to balance. What I don’t believe is that many businesses and any governments will lower prices for survivability of the average people.

I want to do something. I want to have some meaning in this life because without Oscar, I’m truly nothing. I don’t want others to feel this way. I want to create something wonderful to share. I want to wake up in the morning and not worry.

#Depression #Anxiety #Grief #TherapyPets #JustBreathe

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Everybody… Meet Loki.

So, in recent months my mental health has rapidly deteriorated. There’s so much that’s weighing on my mind and it’s just slowly killing my spirit. I feel angry ALL the time. I’ve frequently had dark thoughts about self harm because I just, quite simply, can’t cope. It’s been torture and I can barely sleep. I contacted my GP and they’ve increased two of my antidepressants and have referred me on to a proper psychiatrist to discuss putting me back on my antipsychotics to level my moods and all that.

Last week (the 17th), was my birthday. And my little sister surprised me so so much… She bought me a companion. The most adorable little ginger kitten with blue eyes. He is GORGEOUS, and his name is Loki.

In the evenings he crawls into bed with me and either sleeps on my side (as shown in the pic - please excuse my fat belly), or next to my head on the pillow, where he’d gently lick/groom my forehead as I fall asleep. He’s such a quirky little guy, too. He always seems to sense when I’m upset, and he quietly climbs into my lap and rests his head on my belly, leg or chest. He’s just the cutest little guy.

Anyway… I just wanted to show him off, haha. I hope you’re all doing well and staying hydrated in this awful humidity and the heat. Yesterday it reached 30°C and there was no breeze or wind whatsoever. Every breath felt like it was going nowhere at all. It was awful. Anyway.. Have a great week!

#chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #InterstitialCystitis #NAFLD #LiverDisease #Diabetes #Migraines #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Depression #Anxiety #TherapyPets #Therapy #Stress #Kitten #EmotionalSupportAnimals

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Have to share my friends. I guess I can only add one at a time. Here’s The Bean 🫘 #MightyPets #TherapyPets #Pets

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My little pillow thief😅❤

Without this sweet boy to care for, I wouldn't have lasted as long on this Earth as I have. My Echo keeps me grounded, gives me unconditional love and snuggles, provides me with beautiful companionship, and motivates me to get out of the house. I'm so proud to be Daddy to this handsome Lil fella🥰❤ #EmotionalSupportDog #ServiceDog #TherapyDog #Suicide #Selfharm #ADHD #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #BipolarDepression #Agoraphobia #Anxiety #PTSD #CPTSD #MightyPets #Pets #TherapyPets

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#MightyPets #TherapyPets #Prayer

It has been a little over half a year that my fur baby Melvin Lick has been in a cat hotel.

Unfortunately the owner doesn’t change the water near enough and is stubborn and won’t listen to the requests of his customers/employers.
He doesn’t give enough little for the cats there to burry the own poop for crying out loud! And he has tons of litter bags. That is so cheep and uncaring to treat the pets that he is charged with care for. Especially for cats like mine that have Kidney failur and are on Sun Q fluids and have to pee more!
Not changing the water when it is obviously less than fresh and has dust strands of fur and what not in it! This is not except able!
He wouldn’t even let my Mom change Melvin’s water when she was visiting and wanted to. The guy doesn’t change Melvin’s water until it is empty! A quick search on the internet shows cats need fresh water to help them stay healthy!
This guy even makes choices for my cat without consulting me; his employer, the one who is paying him to care for my cat!

I ask for your prayers for Melvin Lick. He is like a son to me and is a member of our family. He shares our last name.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. It’s been so frustrating since I can’t get another place that is better than where he is now. Thankfully he should be coming home to his family very soon now. Please pray 🙏

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Comfort dog ♥️

I spent some time today with one of my school's on campus comfort dogs! She's wonderfully trained to help with therapy sessions, big events, sees people in hospitals, and even shows up in my classes. She is a big light and always brightens my day. Hope you're having a great Monday! ♥️ #ServiceDogs #TherapyPets #MentalHealth

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#TherapyPets #Selfcare #respitefromdemands

My 14 year old pit bull, Freckles, is such a blessing! We are a team, together 24/7! Having said that, I’ve given myself permission to be ok with feeling annoyed, agitated at her incessant subtle whimpers, her 70 pound body with huge claws, raking over me when she’s hungry, or wants to wake me up, go for a car ride, etc. I have got to get out of the house ALONE today. My spouse truly appreciates my love for freckles and is actually encouraging me to go out and do some clothes shopping. (I have a high maintenance “style” but I’d rather shop at the Salvation Army than a regular store. ) I will soon be off on my own for the afternoon! My spouse is giving me a few bucks, which allows the opportunity to make choices in a different setting, with no whining barking dog, trying to protect me from any perceived threat. I have 4hours. I ADORE freckles, but GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!! Can anyone relate? Please share!