A few weeks back, a reader asked me why Lucy wasn't showing up in the blog post rotation. This reader thought Lucy had been somehow injured due to her blindness, and she wanted more information about what had happened to her.
As I told that reader, Lucy is totally fine. It's me that got hurt. And it made taking photos of Lucy more than a little bit challenging.
Lucy decided, in the middle of 2016, that she no longer wanted to live on the main floor with the rest of the cats. Fergus had just entered the household, Lucy's boyfriend Eamon had passed away, and she just didn't want to deal with the whole mess anymore.
So she moved into the lower level of our household. We spend a lot of time down there, watching television and working on computers, but when I broke my leg, getting down there became a bit of a challenge.
The physical therapy team wanted me to hop down the stairs using crutches. That all sounds fine, until one wants to go back up those same stairs. The team's solution was to make me hop up backwards, with the broken leg pointed behind me. I don't know about you, but the thought of ramming that broken leg into a stair was enough to put me off this idea.
So I scoot down the stairs on my backside, and I scoot back up the same way. It's a fairly efficient way to travel, but it makes carrying a camera bag nearly impossible. Until I had my husband carry the camera for me, I had no way to get Lucy photos.
And as a blind cat, Lucy is very sensitive to changes in her environment. In the beginning of her injury, she was very afraid of what was happening to me. She hated the walker I used to get around, and when she hopped on my lap and touched the cast (so hard and unfamiliar), she would hiss and spit. After a few times of this, she stopped coming on my lap at all.
Once the cast came off and I moved to a boot, Lucy had less to be afraid of. And in time, she got used to the walker. Now, we're back to our old routines. She sits on my lap for snuggles, purring happily, every day.
She even poses for selfies.
So rest assured, Lucy fans, that all is good with this girl. And soon enough, all will be good with her mom's leg, too!
I'm sharing these photos as part of the Sunday selfies series, as hosted by The Cat On My Head.
This is one of my favorite hops. I never get tired of seeing sweet faces. Have you joined in yet? You should.
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