My place of work suggested that I take the week off - today I tend to agree with them - as I'm hanging out in my apartment with the cat. There are worse people to hang out with. I was reading last night with Ruby on my lap and I had to stop and think about all the literature which decree all the therapeutic aspects of animals. Sometimes I think she reaps all the benefits - getting scratched behind the ears, a gentle tummy rub, a good, strong brushing - but I have some benefits as well. The single-minded focus I have when giving her attention is meditative. You can't think about your troubles, the schedule for the next day, or how sore your throat is from coughing. So in those ways, she is the best nurse.