Monday morning, I dropped Millie off at the vet’s for her ultrasound. We knew something was wrong because she was peeing blood, but not exactly what. Dr. Debbie suspected a tumor. Anyway, the ultrasound tech diagnosed her with bladder stones. Not a great dx because sx is expensive, but a better outcome than a tumor growing on her bladder. The office called and asked if we wanted to schedule her for surgery Tuesday. Obviously I want to say yes, but the estimate of between $1300 and $2500 was a big number to swallow when I am broke as a joke.
I panic-posted about her dx an the costs on Ravelry and Twitter, and pretty quickly money started coming in. In the meantime I also applied for Care Credit, justt in case. I got approved, and I called my vet back to say yes, please schedule Millie for sx on Tuesday.
Tuesday rolls around, her sx goes great. They removed several small-pea sized stones, one of which they gave back to me at my request. Its in a little rx jar waiting for me to bust out the microscope to check out the urolith up close and personal.
She was scheduled to come home on Wednesday but she was being anorexic, so she actually came home on Thursday. She was such a good girl, she didn’t lick her wound once and didn’t need to wear the cone of shame aka the funny hat.
Because of folks who love cats, I only had to charge $1350 of the $2400 total bill, and I can have almost all of it paid off before the interest kicks in, so that’s good because Care Credit has terrible interest rates.
Yesterday was two weeks post-sx, and Millie got her staples removed. The vet complimented her healing, and said she’s such a good patient. No scratching or biting or fighting. She’s very sweet with them and just wants to be petted.
She’s very obviously feeling a lot better. She’s been spending all morning and afternoons with me, lots of cuddling, napping with me, and a few days ago while I was doing aquarium water changes, she spent a solid half an hour splashing in the water being siphoned into the bathtub until she was half soaked. Then she crawled into my bed to take a nap…lol.
I’m so grateful for everyone who helps with her bills. I sent thank-you cards to everyone whose address I had from PayPal, quite a few of which went to foreign countries. Luckily I had a ton of greeting cards on hand, and both domestic and international letter stamps. I stuffed all the letters with stickers, as many as I could while keeping them under an ounce. My planning to have so many penpals paid off!
We’re two weeks into the Fall semester. So far, so good, but I’m beyond exhausted because pets.
8 days ago, we found a litter of day old kittens with no mum. Two of them. That means I’m doing around the clock feedings, about every three hours. As soon as I get into a good sleep, my alarm goes off. But the amazing folks at LSG have sent or donated supplies and money to buy pretty much everything these guys could need until they’re weaned and ready to find their forever homes.
10 days ago, Millie went to the vet and had to stay overnight to try to get a urinary sample. She was peeing on the kitchen counters. She has a UTI, so twice a day meds and I’m pretty sure she’s going to hate me forever… Lol.
2 days ago, I set up an extra tall baby gate outside the kitchen. 1) to keep dogs out while cooking 2) to stop litter box raids 3) to give the cats a part of the house without dogs in it. It’s been a mixed result with the boys and the gate. Both Yuba and Tejón can jump over it easily, even though it’s almost 45″ tall. But I’m working on teaching them that good, calm boys who sit behind the gate get lots of treats. Might take a while though.
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And the rest of my bounty, courtesy of the people of the internet, has arrived! Notebooks, scientific calculator, tablet case, pens, thumb drive, pencil sharpener, stickers. I cannot say thank you enough to the kind souls who purchased these things for me. #goodpeopleexist #randomactsofkindness
The rest of the items that were so graciously gifted to me have arrived!
More notebooks, pens (black ink), a thumb drive, a little sharpener, more stickers, a case for my Kindle, a calculator… I will be set with this stuff for at least 3 semesters. The only thing I’m going to need are scantron sheets.
Monday is my registration date at College of the Canyons, and I’ve finally settled on a class schedule. I’ll be going for about 7 hours on Mondays, and about 4 and a half hours on Wednesdays. It’ll be tough, but it’ll mean 4 less hours a week I spend in my car driving.
I’ve also got $105 towards my Spanish textbook from selling yarn and I may be able to sell a little more still. The goal of course is to not have to borrow from my mom – I already owe the Bank of Mom a lot of money.
I’ve got a few short subsections of pre-algebra left in the Khan Academy app. It’s mostly scientific notation and while it’s not difficult, today just wasn’t the right day to try to slot through it.
I took Moppie to the vet first thing this morning for her followup and she got a clean bill of health. Dr Debbie said she’s a bit anemic but it’s to be expected with all the blood draws this week and all the iv fluids.
I planted pepper seeds a week ago and I currently have 4 tiny seedlings that have come up! I’m super excited about them, but since they’re going to be houseplants, I’ll likely have to manually polinate them. Pretty sure a paint brush will work for that.
Tejony’s wound is mostly healing well. There’s a spot in the middle though that won’t close up, and it’s still oozing a lot of fluid. The fluid is mostly clear, sometimes times 3 with a little blood, and has no odor. But after 2 weeks it shouldn’t still be draining, so he’s on a second course of antibiotics.
I’m hoping it’ll stop draining and start closing up in the center by the time he sees the vet again this weekend but I dunno.
Other than that though, he’s eating, drinking, wants to run and play, and is basically his normal sweet self.
Tonight Tejony was out back, chasing rabbits. He was having a great time. It’s one of his favorite activities.
Then he ran full tilt into one of these.
This resulted in an 8″ gash behind his front leg through all the skin and down to the muscle. I could have put both my hands through it.
Obviously his next action was to get loaded into the backseat of my mom’s truck and off to the emergency vet. He was there until almost midnight, but they got him patched up with a lot of stitches, iv fluids, and meds.
When he got home, my mom and I helped him onto my bed and I put a shirt on him.
I’m pretty sure my mom will be taking tomorrow off work, and I be trying to sleep while kinda keeping an eye on my poor boy.
It was a total freak accident. Nobody would have seen this coming. A literal almost thousand dollar accident. Ugh.