There are hundreds of reasons why I love Yorkies, and today I am reminded of yet another one. Yorkies are extremely loyal and dedicated to their humans, and are extremely in tune to their feelings. Yorkies know when you are feeling blue and do their best to let you now that you are not alone.
For those of you who don’t know, I have a chronic migraine condition. It took over two years, thousands of dollars, multiple medications, tests, and hospital stays, but I was finally diagnosed with chronic daily migraine about a year ago. I’ve been on an anti-seizure medication for the past year and have been fairly headache-free during that time. Prior to the diagnosis, I went through multiple diagnoses, multiple medications, and even surgery on my sinuses – none of which helped. I spent about two years confined to my bed with symptoms ranging from tinnitus to vertigo and even palsy. And through it all, my Yorkie, Catherine, was right there with me. After my sinus surgery in July 2012, Catherine stayed in the bed with me, getting up to eat and drink only when I was sound asleep. She was such a great comfort to me.
Today I was once again reminded of her extreme dedication to me. I have been slowly tapering off my medication in the hopes of getting off of it in order to have another baby. Over the past two months I have been slowly lowering my dosage with the help of my doctor. This last week I started the lowest dosage and things had been going well. This morning I woke up to a horrid migraine, something I had almost forgotten about since starting my medication a year ago. It’s funny how quickly we can forget our suffering once it has ended. Today I was hit squarely in the face with the reality of how awful migraines are. And Catherine took notice. She didn’t get up with the kids and my husband when it was time to get ready for school. She stayed in the bed with me. She curled right up against my head on my pillow – something she doesn’t normally do. She just stayed right there with me, just letting me know that she was there and I wasn’t alone.
I’m sure you have a similar story about the love your Yorkie has for you. Please share yours with us – I could really use the pick-me-up of a wonderful story today!