One of the things I used to have to do in my job was perform respirator fit tests. The process involved a mask, a big space hood, and vaporized saccharine. The mask went on, the hood went over, and I’d spray the saccharine while making people do things. If they tasted the sweetness, they failed. If they did everything and didn’t taste the sweetness, they passed.
Usually the last thing I had people do was read a passage of text called The Rainbow Bridge. It was a very basic passage, nothing too intense. I had them read that as opposed to counting backwards or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or something for one simple reason.
I liked it.
Today Allie was sent on her journey to go wait at the Rainbow Bridge.
At 18 years old, she has had a few medical issues over the last year. The toppers were hyperthyroidism that caused her to weigh in under the 7 lbs. mark and a mass on her jaw that was cancerous. Despite antibiotics, hyperthyroid medicine, specialized food, and lots of love there really wasn’t any sustainable improvement.
It’s not an easy decision to make to send a beloved family member on this journey. The benefit from making the decision is that it allows you some time to plan and make sure you can get things in that you want to. I’m happy to say that after some pain medication and steroids to increase her appetite she ate like a champ. She got to go outside without being in a carrier on daily walks and even made a trip to the roof. She ate ribs, turkey, and whipped cream for dinner. She got hugged up on, carried around, and petted copiously. From my perspective, her quality of life the last few days was really great. The problem is that it wasn’t sustainable.
As hard as it may have been, it was the right thing to do. I am sort of jealous that we don’t give the same consideration to fellow human beings. The same opportunity to enjoy the best quality of life possible with the time we have left and to go on our journey once we have our affairs in order.
The thing is, whether it be our furry family members or the hoomans around us, we don’t always have the forewarning that the end is nigh. We often take for granted the existence of people and pets in our daily lives. I originally was going to say that “we don’t necessarily have the opportunity to make sure they know how much we appreciate them”… but the truth is that we do have the opportunity.
We just need to recognize it. We just need to act on it. We just need to not allow it to slip away.
Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of love and support during this very difficult time, we truly appreciate it.