• Lindsey

Benji, my lifesaver...

Well, I didn't post yesterday because not only have both our boys been so sick, but I got it.. And when I say that I got it, I mean, couldn't move off the couch, super lethargic, high temp (I don't remember the last time I spiked a fever) no appetite and just flat out miserable.. It's true, when Mom goes down, then all goes to hell in a hand basket is what we learned yesterday.. Literally...

My eyes were burning and I started getting really tired, so I fell asleep holding an ice pack on my forehead because I was extremely hot, and one of our boys laying next to me sleeping.. All I remember was at some point, I started having a hard time breathing and in my sleep was having a panic attack.. The strangest thing was that I couldn't wake up... My husband was in the boys room with our youngest so he had no idea what was going on.

The next thing that happened was just clearly a miracle and I am so thankful for... I was struggling to breath, couldn't talk to let anyone know and all of the sudden, our dog Benji jumped up with his front paws on my chest and started licking my uncontrollably, all over my face.. To the point where I made a loud grunt that Jesse heard. Jesse had no idea what happened and I couldn't communicate it to him...

Benji though, stayed right by my side, kept nudging my arm to pet him and he kept putting his head on my chest... As soon as I felt Benji, I could feel myself starting to calm down from the labored breathing/panic attack and...

Jesse told me later that he kept trying to wake me up, and make me talk but I couldn't.. I have no explanation for this, other than maybe my fever triggered it? It was horrible... I don't know how long I was out, but Jesse was on the verge of calling 911 because he couldn't get me to do anything.. My parents came over to help luckily and once I finally woke up, I was sore, super tired and my chest hurt badly. They asked me if I had bad dreams, but I just remember not being able to breath.

I'll lever forget the way my precious boy Benji, came when I needed someone the most.. He sensed it.. He knew something was wrong and he did what he needed to get Jesse's attention.. He stuck with me and made me pet him.. I don't know what would have happened, if it weren't for Benji.. Honestly, it brings tears to my eyes when I think about the love, intelligence and loyalty of a dog. There's nothing like it in the world. For those of you who don't have one, you won't quite understand... But for me I've always had one, and always will. I had already actually thought of getting him trained to be a therapy dog so we could go visit patients in the hospital who need that calmness that animals can bring. Now, I'm definitely going to get on it.. He has it in him, I know first hand.

Benji boy, thank you, you really (I believe) saved my life..

On a happier note.. I'm feeling much better today and so are the boys... I am just really thankful today, because last night was very scary. At one point I saw a bright light and was sure that was it.. I know that sounds morbid but it's the truth.. This life is precious and I'm beyond grateful for my "Good Boy."




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