Not The Best Start To The Year

You may have noticed I missed last Friday’s blog post, and this one is going to be pretty short.  It’s just an update.   

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Bad Start

I got all of 10 good days in January, 10 days…

We lost our beloved cat, Twix.  If you caught my Goodbye, 2021 post you’ll know he’s been ill so this wasn’t a exactly a shock but the deaths of our animals always hits us real hard.  They are our family and we’ve been with them for many years.

Twix was 14.5 years and we’d had him for nearly all of that.  He was also the last of our original 3 cats, which made the loss even greater. 

It was a crushing blow watching him decline and having to make that heartbreaking yet necessary decision. 

We always make sure we are there when our animals cross over.  It’s important to us to be there, but it is one of the most difficult things to do and just typing this is like brushing against an open wound. 

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The Bad…continued

About a week and a bit after his passing, my partner, myself and almost his entire family caught COVID.  Thankfully everyone is vaccinated and handling it ok.

Yes, it’s been 2 full year of pandemic, in which I even had to travel back to England (to a hotspot for the Delta virus) following the death of my sister and never once caught this damn thing.

But fresh into 2022 and it smashes me in the chest. 

My partner and I had just had our boosters so we are as vaccinated as can be.  And I am TRULY thankful for that, as I don’t want to know how bad this would be if we were unvaccinated as it’s still kicking our asses.

I am finally starting to get my sense of taste and smell back, my lungs are no longer burning whenever I cough (which was very 4 mins for the first 2 days) so we are on the mend.

Normally blog posting will continue next week or possible the week after, depending on how tired I feel.

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Stay safe

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48 thoughts on “Not The Best Start To The Year

    1. Thanks Sam, I’m feeling a lot better. Just tired now. No, we are not in the right place emotionally to rescue another cat. We still have our other rescue, and we are just giving him all the love and attention since he misses his brother.

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  2. Victoria Zigler

    Oh, Ari, I’m so sorry. First about Twix… I know how hard it is losing a furbaby, even if they’ve been ill a while so it’s not entirely unexpected. And then getting Covid on top of that. That’s definitely a bad start to the year. I’m glad you’re all recovering, and hope you feel better soon. I also hope 2022 improves for you.

    1. Thank you so much, Tori. I honestly thought, with him deteriorating and knowing it was time, that when it happened we would be okay – but nope, it still breaks you in pieces.

      We have lots of photos and videos of him that we can turn to which has been a big help.

      We are definitely getting better, we are still showing as positive but the worst of the symptoms have eased now and while we are very tired, we are doing okay.

      1. Victoria Zigler

        I don’t think anything really prepares you for loss.

        Glad at least the worst of the symptoms have eased. Keep feeling better!

  3. Oh Ari! What bad news! I am really sorry you lost your poor cat. Those decisions we have to make at the end of a pet’s life are so difficult to make and of course, as soon as we decide what needs to be done we are wracked with guilt to add to our burden!
    I hope you are still recovering well. Don’t try to rush back into doing things. Take your time and recover properly before taking on any more tasks. ❤ ❤

    1. Thank you kindly, Clare. We keep reminding ourselves that we made the right decision at the right time with Twix, but those niggling doubts do creep in.

      I am lucky we have our other cat who insists on spending all his time with me as I think he realises I am so sad about Twix.

      We are finally starting to feel more like ourselves, but are still isolating as we still tested postive earlier this week. So I’m doing very little this week to help recovery

  4. It’s weird to click the like button on a post that was about a bad start to the year. I’m glad you and your partner are on the mend and I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I find that the year usually starts rough, but it makes it easier to get to the better part.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Ivia. I am hopeful that the rest of 2022 turns out better – like all the bad stuff has been done already and there’s just better to come 🙂

  5. Ash

    I am so sorry for all of this! I have had two versions of the wretched Vid, and I don’t care to try another. I know how miserable it can be. We very nearly lost my Dad to it. I’m so sorry about your loss as well. Praying that a rough January means a perfectly well year to follow for you and your family! I hope that you all are on the mend soon!! Will be sending you light, love, and healing prayers.

    1. Thank you kindly, Ash. Covid is so horrid, even vaccinated it still kicks your ass. So we are happy things weren’t worse.

      I’m sorry to hear your dad had it so bad there was a risk to his life, but I’m glad to hear he pulled through.

      Hopefully the rest of the year will be better. Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you kindly, Tomas. Luckily our sense of smell and taste has returned this week, though we are still showing as positive so we are taking it easy this week.

      I’m so sorry tha your sense of smell stil hasn’t fully returned.

    1. Thank you kindly, Anne. I am taking it mostly easy this week, as we are still testing positive but are not as bad as last week. Hopefully we are coming to the end of Covid and we will feel a lot better by next week

  6. Oh Ari – such a lousy start to the year and I feel for you losing your third cat and whether you have accepted the fact they are in declining health or not, it’s still a blow to lose them. I’ve decided no more pets for me – I live alone and a pet is a wonderful companion, but there is too much grief in losing them. And COVID to boot – I’m sorry you, your partner and his family got it. I hope you take some time from your busy schedule to recover fully … feel better soon.

    1. It really does hurt, even when you make the right decision and it’s what is best.

      My mother-(out)-law has said the same, once her senior dog passes she will get no more.

      We are still recovering from Covid, it really hit hard to say we were vaccinated but I’m so glad we where. I’m taking it mostly easy this week hopefully will test negative by weekend.

      1. Yes it hurts a lot and in the past week besides reading about your beloved cat, three fellow bloggers also lost their senior dogs. Two wrote very poignant posts about them, thus reinforcing my feeling, that I will never have a pet again.

        I hope you all test negative by the weekend. What’s scary is having the shots and still getting so sick.

      2. I’m so sorry to hear of those bloggers who lost their canine companions.

        Thankfully I am now negative of Covid, but still feeling very tired from it. Apparently the tiredness lingers!

      3. Yes, very sad when you read the tributes Ari – no more pets for me as it is just too difficult.

        I’m glad you’re feeling better and I do hear how the tiredness lingers for long COVID. It is disheartening to hear the efficacy of the shots diminishes so rapidly. Something else to worry about.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear that, Ari. This pandemic has been and I hate to say it, devastating. Losing an animal is an awful feeling that I can relate to. On the bright side, thank God you were vaccinated. I know two people who were unvaccinated that died from Covid this year.

    I know things will turn around for you. I am always available via email if you need to chat.

    1. Thank you, Wilmar. It was really hard losing him, I know he was old and ill, and we made the right decision at the right time, but it still carves you up when they pass.

      I am still struggling with Covid, we are still testing positive (2nd week) and so are still isolating. I am so thankful I am vaccinated because it would have been hell without it.

      I’m sorry to hear some people you know passed away.

      Thank you so much for reaching you *hugs*

    1. Thank you kindly, Michael. It was so sad to lose him, though we know it was the right decision. Even now I still expect to see him when I go down to feed our other cat.

      I am slowly recovering from Covid, it certainly knocked the wind out of me and I’m still shaking off the heavy tiredness that is persisting.

      1. Thanks, Michael. I have been covid free for a few weeks but still very tired. The tiredness appears to linger for a month or so. :/

    1. Thank you Darlene, I appreciate your kind words. Apologies for the delay, Covid really did a number on me and I’m only just starting to feel less tired (though still recording as positive so my isolation hasn’t ended yet).

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