My (Super) Hero

October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Posted in arthrits, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pai, Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 5 Comments
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Picture the scene: it’s three in the morning and I’m in pain and wide awake. Tim Piggot-Smith has failed me – for once even his dulcet tones reading David Starkey’s Monarchy: The Beginnings haven’t lulled me to sleep. Neither has a podcast of a lecture from the wonderful Dr. Stuart Lee on Anglo-Saxon History – my other failsafe. I’m at my wit’s end.

Suddenly there’s a crash, a bound, and a superhero comes flying through the bedroom window and lands on the bed with an enormous thump. Yes, it’s The Grey Shadow, feline super-hero extraordinaire, to the rescue. A lick, a purr and I’m already feeling better.

Soon the gentle sound of purring has done the trick and I’m fast asleep.

I wake up at around 5:30 and The Grey Shadow has mysteriously disappeared. My ankle’s in agony. Why? Ah yes – Enormous Cat is fast asleep on top of it. I wonder where The Grey Shadow went? He would have been far too considerate to sleep on my ankle.

Thanks to Wren at The Rheuma Blog for reminding me about this incident with her post on wee beasties! What would we do without them? I’d far rather put up with the discomfort of the occasional sore ankle than not have these nocturnal visits from my superhero at all!

Enormous Cat

Enormous Cat

This is enormous cat. You can tell it’s not The Grey Shadow, in spite of the general similarity in colour and size. The Grey Shadow wouldn’t be seen dead on a pile of washing!



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  1. Three a.m., pain, wide awake. What’s that feeling of deja vu I’m having? Hi Polly! We’re very lucky to have such sweet, comforting, warm, furry animal friends, aren’t we? Enormous Cat is quite lovely, even if he is scrunched up on top of laundry. At least it’s folded. ;o)

    Thanks for the link. And here’s hoping that you’ll get a full night’s sleep tonight.

  2. Enormous cat is lovely! When I’m at home with my family, the cat and dog can always make me feel better.

    Your pre-bed listening also sounds great. Last night I read a National Trust Tudor Cooking book my parents brought me back from England before bed. It’s a great book, and very relaxing, too.

  3. Ooh, I’d hate to be without my lot … although there are times, when things are really bad, that they all get banned from the bedroom altogether! Most of the time they’re more of a comfort than a hindrance … although right now Enormous Cat is getting jealous of Tiny Cat and we have quite a lot of random hissing and running away going on. (But Tiny Cat is still doing running away as her main pastime anyway )

  4. oh he’s so cute (or she?)
    you’re so right, i don’t know what i’d do without our cats.

  5. He’s a he … he says, ‘Isn’t it obvious?’ (Of course it’s not obvious, but from a cat point of view I suppose it is!) He also says he already knows he’s cute, but thanks anyway!

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