When Peter was so very sick last winter with his kennel cough, Dr. Patrelli taught me how to massage his cervical area because that is where the cough inhibition center is located. She helped him by applying accupuncture there, and she taught me how to help him by applying accupressure to the same area. It worked quite well. Today I taught that to one of my patients and family members to help with debilitating coughing spasms and it worked for them too. People need to have some power and control over their illnesses and they need to be able to participate in actions to help them to feel better, it takes away some of the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. I have long maintained that the animals in many ways have made me a better human nurse, and certainly my human nursing has made it easier for me to care for the animals. And five minutes of Dr. Patrelli's time and knowledge, helped Peter and me, a patient and a helpless family member, all find some comfort and relief and gave us each back a little bit of personal power and faith that we could work thru some of this. That is a good ripple effect from just five minutes of her time. Sharing freely is such a very good thing.