She got a unique prescription after telling her doctor about her depression and then a miracle happened as she stepped outside his office.
Depression is a very complex condition to understand. Oftentimes, the cause of this condition is intimately connected to the experiences of the person. Therefore, it is important that a doctor listens to their patient carefully when it comes to dealing with this condition. Fortunately, Robin Sipe had a practitioner who did the same rather than prescribe her a bunch of pills to combat her situation. Sipe was surprised when her pulmonologist suggested a unique solution for her sadness and loneliness, but in the long run found out that the advice was absolutely helpful, per The Washington Post.
Robin Sipe, before she visited her pulmonologist, had no idea that she would walk out with a prescription directing her to get a cat. Sipe had known Dr. Earl D. King for a long time; 15 years to be exact. He had been treating her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. During the visit, she struck up a conversation with the physician, discussing the things that were bothering her. She shared how the loss of her cat had left her in a bad state mentally and emotionally.
Listening to everything, Dr. King suggested she get a cat. “Robin was down in the dumps, crying about the loss of her cat and I felt that a new cat was the best remedy for her,” Dr. King revealed. He even gave her a printed summary advising a high-dose flu shot in October, a COVID vaccination in November and the instruction to “get a cat” so that she takes the whole thing seriously.
Apart from her doctor, divine intervention also wanted her to have a cat in her life. After the appointment, she stopped by a stand to get some fresh corn and cantaloupe. Her eyes suddenly fell on a black and white kitten playing nearby. She followed her and found that the kitten was one amongst a litter of five. Unfortunately, she was missing her left paw, clearly due to an accident. Upon further investigation, she found that something fell off a wall on her paw and left it completely severed. Despite that, the injury seemed to have no impact on the kitten's playfulness and instead served as a symbol of her bravery.
Sipe felt a connection and immediately decided to make the kitten a part of her life. “I asked if I could take the kitty home and told them I could guarantee that she’d be safe and happy inside,” she asked the stand workers, “They had four other kittens they’d need to find homes for, so they said okay. This sweet little kitten was mine.”
The stand workers only took 1 penny for the kitten and informed Sipe that she was only seven weeks old. This information was important to prepare a diet and schedule important vaccinations. After coming home, Sipe named the kitten Earlene to honor her Doctor. “He’s always taken the time to look after my entire well-being,” Sipe said, “In this instance, he also treated my heart.”
She truly believes that the kitten saved her life, providing her with much-needed love and care. Earlene also seems to love her new life with Sipe in Grottoes, Virginia. Her routine involves cuddling, watching TV, and rubbing Sipe’s face with her paw. “I do believe this was meant to happen with all my heart,” Sipe told the Washington Post. “As far as I’m concerned, she was the pick of the litter.”