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Nicky (coquitlam55)
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 505
   Posted 10/23/2005 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
 
I've noticed that we seem to have several new members. I would like to personally welcome all of you. We all like to meet new members, hear what's new with you and hear about the ways you're living with your headaches.
 
My name is Nicky and I am one of the moderators in partnership with Tsymboo. You probably see us on here regularly. We're here to help whenever we can. Feel free to email us by clicking on the far left icon under our names or posting a message.
 
I had headaches as a child, they stopped for a while and then started again in my twenties. I'm in my thirties now. I feel like a pro sometimes because I've been through so much. Then I read some of the posts here and realize I don't know that much. I'm going through the process like many in partnership with my doctor, neurologist, and psychologist and have tried many medications and even Botox.
 
Everything got really bad at the end of last year when I went off on disability diagnosed with depression. I also suffer regularly from anxiety and insomnia. I'm sure they're all intimately intertwined.
 
So that's a bit about me and now for the second reason of my message.  I didn't sleep much last night thanks to my cat, Tora, a magnificent Russian Blue. He has an innate ability to know when I don't feel well. He sleeps with me, usually at my head and when my head hurts likes to tenderize me with his claws. His ability to sense a headache is incredile. Other than his need to knead me which wakes me up continuously it is very comforting. Pets have an incredibly ability to make you feel better and comforted when not much else will.
 
Does anyone else have any other good pet stories?
Nicky
 
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.   Buddha


hk4283
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 10/25/2005 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the welcome--I'm a new member.  I loved your cat story and can definitely relate.  I have two cats--Clyde and Milo.  Milo is pretty much the "Baby" cat and is more my husband's.  He is scared of almost everything but is very cute.  Clyde, on the other hand, has mucho personality and is very connected to me.  He talks to me a lot and can sense all of my moods.  I can be anywhere in the apartment, and if even just tears start rolling down my face, he calls to me and is there in a second.  I also suffer from insomnia, depression, and of course, migraines.  When I'm sick, Clyde will be right next to me and can sense if I need him but I don't want him to bother me, so he will lay as close as he can without touching me.  At night he sleeps at my head with his little face curled around right next to mine.  I feel that Clyde is a major part of my life, especially my healing process.  One time I was sitting on my couch and I said to Clyde, "I'm cold; I miss you."  Right away he called out to me and came running over to jump in my lap.  He is pretty much a caretaker/brother/father of Milo.  He cleans him, and when there is a thunderstorm (Milo is terrified), Clyde will position himself around Milo so that Milo isn't scared.  It's always nice to be able to tell "cat people" stories like these--my husband always jokes that people will think we're crazy and we should keep that kind of info to ourselves!

SusieM
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 71
   Posted 10/25/2005 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Response to HK4283
When the whole world seems to be against you... you can always count on the love of your pet just like your wonderful pet "Clyde" and also on this new wonderful group of people you have joined. Welcome.
SusieM

tysmyboo
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Date Joined Dec 2004
Total Posts : 921
   Posted 10/26/2005 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Tyson is my son (Tys my boo) he is a border collie, black lab mix and I adore him...He snuggles in the bed with me, careful not to "shake" the bed with mommy doesn't feel well...and he camps out in the bathroom when the vomit phase hits. He is very aware of how I am feeling and will even hold off on the potty breaks up to 48 hours if its a really bad one and no one else can take him out.

There are times when I have wondered why I wake up every morning...and it is because of him. No one will love him like I do, and he won't love anyone the way he loves me.

No love is like unconditional like the love of an animal...


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Pegasis
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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 118
   Posted 10/28/2005 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
48 hours, Sara? What a GOOD buddy! My family has 3 dogs.
One of them, a Queensland Heeler, is a sweet female who stays so close to me when I have a migraine that I have stepped on her several times. When I go into my room to lie down, she follows me and just lies on the floor next to the bed. Every now and then she gets up and lays her head on the bed, just to check.  If I don't notice her head, she puts a paw on the bed. I reach over and stroke her head and her neck.
My husband almost always comes in and asks if he should get the dog out and close the bedroom door. My answer is always the same. "No Honey, she's fine." I feel comforted just knowing she's there. She never leaves before I do. And the fact that she's in the room with me makes the rest of the family, including the other 2 dogs, aware of the fact that they need to be quiet. Somehow, the "word" gets out. If it gets a little noisy, my husband turns on a "white noise" machine in our bedroom that helps shut out any outside noise.
 
For our daughter's 6th grade science project, she did a study in which she took pictures of each of our dogs. After I taught her how, she took blood pressure of 4 people before they handled the dogs. Then each person spent 10 minutes petting a dog. Rachel took the person's blood pressure again. Everybody in the study had a significantly lower blood pressure after enjoying their time with a dog. I'm sure there are less scientific reasons for the "warm fuzzies" we get from our pets!
 
~~Pegasis yeah

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 505
   Posted 10/29/2005 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your pet stories. I don't know what I would do without my cats. The comfort when I'm not feeling well very comforting.

Nicky
 
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.   Buddha

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