Some of you will remember me talking about my elderly friend's cat, Charlie, aged 22. It's a very sad week, Charlie is coming to the end of his life. He was diagnosed with kidney disease about eighteen months ago and, brave little soldier that he is, he has done really well until the last few weeks. Last week he was put on a medication which really didn't suit him as he kept collapsing, couldn't walk and became very lethargic. Of course, we didn't know it was the medication at the time and assumed the worst. The vet reduced the dose and for three days he seemed brighter. Tuesday night he was lethargic again, not eating and generally disinterested in life. Again, the vet put it down to the tablets so reduced the dose again. Yesterday morning my friend rang me in a panic as he wasn't doing well so she phoned the vet and got an appointment this morning. After a while yesterday, once again, he rallied. This morning he wasn't eating. She rang me in tears a while ago as the vet has found a mass on one of his kidneys. He has given him a painkilling injection and says he wants to see him in a month's time. I don't think either my friend or I think it's going to last that long, so she just has to take it one day at a time. The worst thing is, she is elderly, lives by herself and Charlie is her whole world. Because of the circumstances at the moment, she is having to bear this all on her own. We speak on the phone or e-mail every day and I have said I will come and stand outside her flat and talk to her through the window but she won't let me as we are both self-isolating. I feel so bad that she is having to go through this alone, Please, everyone, send good vibes for dear Charlie, we know he won't get better but I know he will have precious days with my friend and, hopefully a peaceful, quiet journey when the time comes. .