|Remember, in her cat mind, there's not a whole timeline of events that preceded this.
I forget about that sometimes. She just seems so smart that sometimes I forget about stuff like that.
You all were right about the hissing. She went right back to wanting love and affection almost immediately afterwards.
Today, she's doing exceptionally well. I started slowly easing her off of the opiate pain med last night b/c I don't want her to get addicted (plus at the max rate I'm allowed to give it to her, I'll run out quickly) and I tested her neck out - not by moving it myself as I knew that wouldn't be a good idea - but I held her in ways that would prompt her to want to turn her head this way or that to look at my face. I only got a slight squeek of pain when she moved her head all the way up and back to look at me. No signs of massive pain which is good. I've kept her in the crate for the last few days, only taking her out to clean the crate, give her the option of using her standard litter box, and also to give her some love. I put a call into both vets offices that dealt with her to ask if that is an indicator that perhaps in another day or so I can switch her from not being crated, but instead being in my bedroom with the furniture and her toys removed (so that she can't jump around on anything except maybe my bed for her to sleep on).
She hates being in the crate and hearing her cry for me to take her out is difficult.
I've also made alternative plans for her while I'm away on my trip. I decided not to board her with the vet, but instead asked my best friend if she'd be willing to take care of Ally for a week. My friend loves animals and spent years working at the humane society taking care of them. I trust her with the new key to my room (she's about the only person I trust to touch Ally right now).