Thank you for your suggestion, but I’m still not able to care for my own basic needs, let alone those of another living creature. I’m still mostly bedridden due to extreme physical and neurological issues, and adding in any extra work for my husband (who is already overwhelmed by his caregiving responsibilities) is the opposite of what we need right now. Also, during the first 2 or 3 years of my recovery, having a pet would have been literally impossible, even if my husband had the extra resources to care for it. I was in such a severe state of exhaustion, sensory overload, derealization (etc, etc) that I simply could not have handled it at all… even the sight of a dog would have caused extreme pain and terror for me. If I’d been a single mother with a child, my child would have been taken from me. Of that I have zero doubt. I was so sick I could not have even lifted a spoon to feed a child… I could barely summon the energy to lift a fork to my own mouth (I mean that literally). That said, I have made improvements over time, and about a year ago a neighbor’s cat started showing up at our house. While this was neurologically difficult for me at first, I had finally reached a stage in my recovery where it was possible for me to handle it. So over time me and this cat slowly become friends, and now he often spends his days curled up next to me on the bed / sofa, which is really nice. I don’t think it helps my PTSD response or other symptoms (plus the cat makes me sneeze!) but given the fact that I’m rarely well enough to see anyone other than my husband, it’s nice to have another companion.