This week, I started putting Wylla's heating pad deep into the corner of the couch and under the lamp with the hope that she would try doing a little of her upright napping there. If she could prop her wee body against the sofa back or arm and have a little support, I thought maybe she could get a better nap, and fall deeper into sleep.
Well, it worked. That smart little cookie of ours figured it out, and I found her napping like this the other morning.
So, I leaned a pillow against her to offer a little support on the other side, and she napped like this for quite some time.
I guess she has really grasped the concept that being upright really does help make her feel better, because later that day, I discovered Wylla standing like this.
Then a little bit later, she was sound asleep and standing up.
And seeing her like this, well, it got me a little choked up.
Dealing with her Megaesophagus has been a huge learning curve for all of us. There's not a ton of information out there on cats and MegaE, so we've had to figure out a lot on our own through trial and error. Once we think we've got a good handle on the situation, and it seems like her condition is in a good place, she'll have a stretch of bad days where she struggles to keep things down. It's mysterious, confusing and discouraging. It shatters my heart when I know she's experiencing discomfort.
But when I witness moments like this, I feel very hopeful that there can be more good days. She's committed to feeling better. She's trying new things, and figuring out what works for her.
Thank you for this gift of hope, wee Wylla.