The awesome nurses decorated Sophie’s room to celebrate her final radiation treatment!
And then they brought her a couple of presents!!!Totally the perfect toy for Sophie. She plays with this almost daily back at home!
When the radiation was completed and she woke from anesthesia, she got to bang the gong to signify that she was finished! There was lots of clapping.
Now Sophie had another surprise in store…
This is Gigi.
Sophie’s new kitty!!!
While Karen was visiting and helping me with Sophie during the last week of August, we had an unusually not-hot day and decided to park farther away and walk to her therapy appts so that we could enjoy the weather. On our way, a Staff Person? Student? Random Stranger? came out of the adjacent building and pointedly told us (with great excitement) that there were SPCA animals visiting and we could go pet them! But we better hurry because they were leaving in half an hour. Sophie adores dogs and we thought it would brighten her day to go see them real quick. Well, when we arrived, we read (out loud) a sign on a door that said there was a cat in there and she was trying to escape so shut the door quickly behind you if you enter! Well, Sophie was practically lunging out of my arms to go see this wild cat and couldn’t be persuaded to see the doggies instead. So we went in, sat down, and immediately the little black cat sat in Sophie’s lap, purring as loud as a lawn mower. She circled around Sophie’s body, wrapping her up in her tail, nuzzling her and clearly both Sophie and Kitty were totally smitten with eachother. People started coming in to witness the extreme cuteness and take pictures of these two who were clearly meant to be together! When it was time to leave for our appts, Kitty literally claimed Sophie by hugging her with both her paws! Looked to me like we had a new family member.
I’ve never had a cat before and I’m definitely more of a dog person, but we couldn’t say no to this:
A wonderful woman who worked at Penn Medicine volunteered to foster Gigi for us until Sophie completed her treatment 3 weeks later. We were so grateful that she was willing to do this for us! A week later she invited us to her house for a labor day lunch and another visit with Gigi.
It wasn’t a fluke, Gigi was just as sweet and playful and affectionate as the day we met her. We knew now that she was ours! Thank you so much Heather and family for your kindness and generosity in so many ways! You’re forever part of our family story!
On the SIX HOUR drive home, Sophie spent the ENTIRE time watching, giggling at and chatting to Gigi in the crate next to her. No videos, books, or toys needed for the whole drive!!!Home at last! Everyone loves the new kitty!