Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Accidental Dusty Hunt

Hello!

I did have a request for the accidental dusty hunt story, so here it is. :)

Last August, on a beautiful summer day, I went into the back yard to take pictures of my swatched nails. When I did so, I found a tiny kitten on my porch, who was clearly in desperate need of medical attention. He was absolutely tiny, and one of his eyes was swollen shut, and had a huge bump coming out over one eye. I rushed him to the vet.

He was the size of about a 4-week-old kitten, but it turned out he was about 8 weeks--he was so close to starving that he was nothing but bones. Fleas were literally sucking the life out of him--he had so little blood that his gums and tongue were white. And of course, there was that huge swollen mound over his eye. The vet got rid of the fleas, got some nutrients into him, and managed to drain much of the pus out of the mound over his eye, although it was still too messed up for the eye to open.

I spent the next two days taking constant care of him, with the help of my vet. Then he took a turn for the worse, became very lethargic and just felt different to me, so I rushed him back in. The vet (a different one) said they would do all they could for him, but I needed to know that he probably wasn't going to make it. He let me know that the best thing might be to put him out of his misery.

But you see, this kitten, despite everything, had been playing. Playing with my fingers, with the blanket I had him wrapped in, with the little mouse I had for him. He was sweet and playful, and I found it hard to believe that putting him down was the right thing. So I told the vet I wanted to try to give him a chance, and see how it went, and if it didn't work so be it. But I felt he deserved that chance to live.

The vet looked at me, nodded, and told me to come pick him up in a couple of hours. I went and ran some errands, crying on and off nearly the entire time. Is it crazy to be crying for a kitten I'd just found 2 days before? Maybe. But there you have it.

When I was done with the errands, I still had about a half hour left before I could pick him up. Not long enough to really do anything substantial, so I decided to visit an independent beauty supply near me. She specializes in hair products and really only has Kleancolors for sale, but I like Kleancolors, and figured I could try to distract myself with pretty polishes while I waited, and maybe find one to buy myself as a birthday present. Oh, did I mention it was my birthday?

So in I went, and I picked myself out two Kleancolors. As I looked them over, I tried to reconcile myself to the fact that the kitten might not make it. Every cell in my body rebelled against that thought, and it killed me to feel so helpless, to not be able to fix the situation. I tried hard to remind myself that it wasn't in my control, and that the important thing was I had done everything possible to save his life. The rest was up to God/The Universe/whatever higher power you believe in.

I paid for the polish, and then I headed out. As I did, I noticed she had a box of polishes in the back corner of a display case showing hair jewelry. My eye hit a China Glaze bottle with a silver top, and my heart skipped a beat...it was a soft avocado green.

I thought to myself 'No way can that be L8R G8R. Just no way.' My heart sped up, and I nonchalantly asked to see the box. I didn't pick up the green one first--of course not, I played it cooooool. But when I did pick it up--L8R G8R. And not only that...she also had TMI. Oh, and a rare OPI DS holo. I had accidentally stumbled on to polish heaven. I asked her how much they were, and she told me apologetically that there were more expensive than the $1.99 Kleancolors...They were $4.99.

Holy crap. I think that's cheaper than they sold for originally.

I know what I'm about to say sounds silly. I know it does. Of course I was excited beyond words to find some super-rare polishes, which were selling on the internet for $40 each. But the thing is, it was so much more than that. For the first time that day, I felt true hope that the kitty was going to be okay. It was like someone had sent me a sign to let me know that good things do happen. I know it makes no logical sense to connect those two things. But that's the truth of what finding those polishes did for me that day.

When I picked my baby up a few minutes later, I found out he had done a complete turn-around. He was eating. He was walking, he was alert, happy, and robust. And his eye had opened. He was going to require constant care for the next several weeks, but he was going to live.

Here is a picture I took of him shortly after that visit to the vet:



And here he is today:



I love my L8R G8R, let me assure you of that. I love it with the deep, ardent passion that only the polish obsessed can truly understand, lol. But my darling Neo is by far the best birthday present that I ever got. :)

Xoxox,
M.

23 comments:

  1. AWWWWW, that was the sweetest story I've read in a long time, made me want to cry. What a little darling, you are such an amazing person to take in the little thing (and pay his vet bill, which is never cheap). I think it was the world's way of rewarding you for showing so much compassion for another creature.

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    1. That is such a kind thing to say! Thank you so much. :) I have a soft spot in my heart for animals and children, for sure. <3

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  2. Awww that made me all warm and fuzzy! :)

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  3. Yay for the kitty! You did a great thing Michelle! And I'm sure the kitty thanks you to no end :)
    About L8R G8R, is it one of those that the holo is only visible in direct sunlight? I got Gr8 and was disappointed that the holo only came out when I was outside during a bright sunny day, and had to turn my hand in just the right position to see the holo. :-/ I was just wondering if all of them were like that?

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    1. Thanks you so much, you're sweet to say that! I joke that when he looks at me, he thinks 'Sucker!' (totally kidding).

      As for L8R G8R vs. GR8--do not use GR8 as an example of the OMG collection. I have it too, and it is barely holo at all, even in the bright like as you say. But no, the others are not like that, and I'm so glad it wasn't the first one I got, or I'd never have bought more. L8R G8R, LOL, and TMI are way different. They have that strong linear holo--not as strong as Nfu-Oh, but not too far off. Of those three, L8R G8R is the most holographic, with the other two not too far behind. :)

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  4. What a great story. Sadly, I really don't care about the polishes, just that you found a wonderful fur-baby! I would be thrilled too to get the polishes, but the kitty is the best part! I love that he found you!

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    1. I agree completely! I'd wouldn't trade him away fro all da polishez in da world. :)

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  5. Touching story, your cat is so cute. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    1. Thanks for asking me to! It was good to write it up and take a moment to go back and compare how bad he looked (and that picture wasn't even close to how he looked at his worse) with how far he's come. :)

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  6. What a great story! I would have felt the same way about finding those great polishes too--that it was a sign that that kitty was going to make it. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you for saying that, it makes me feel a little less wacky for thinking it, lol. It really did feel like a sign, and every time I look at them now I think of him. :)

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  7. Seriously THE best start to my day reading this. Thank You

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    1. I'm so glad! Thanks so much for telling me that. :)

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  8. What a beautiful story! So glad hemade it through that day! ♥

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    1. Me too...and he has turned out to be the sweetest kitty you could ever meet, which is icing on the cake. :)

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  9. What a fantastic and very touching story, thank you so much for taking the time to tell it. I loved the pics - he looks like a great pussycat!!

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    1. My pleasure. He really is the sweetest thing ever--tied only with my other kitties and my puppy, lol. :)

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  10. WoW! That is such a heartwarming experience you narrated. Faith can change our world. We just need to believe and be strong. Thanks for sharing your story :)

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  11. Awesome story! While reading it I was balling like a baby for both you and Neo! He is just precious. His recovery is the best birthday gift ever and the nail polish score was a small bonus in comparison! :)

    I am so happy that you didn't take the initial advise of the vet. Hugs for Neo. You should have named home G8R. :D

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    1. What a great idea that would have been, lol!! Maybe I'll make that a nickname of his, lol. There's another story behind why I named him Neo but it's long and boring, lol.

      I'm also glad I didn't listen to the vet, and I'm eternally grateful to the vet assistants that helped me keep Neo alive. They are absolute angels sent from above. :)

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  12. Happy Neo. He is blessed with the best mom he could ever get.
    *hugs*

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