Second Update on Elliot

UGH!  frustrating.  that is what i’m feeling right now.  UGH!  my eyeballs should be popping out of my head or something with as frustrated as i feel.  anything that is not considered an emergency, my vet wants full payment up front.  no extra time, not even a few days to do put something together to get them the money.  i am not happy about this, and while i understand that the economy has forced her to instate this policy-i have literally seen people argue with them in the office about it-it still can be frustrating.  especially when you’re dealing with a kitten who’s problem you would like to resolve as quickly as possible in order to make them feel more comfortable.  well…maybe to make me feel more comfortable since Elliot IS running around playing, eating, and pooping and seems to be feeling fine for the most part.  it could be just me that is wiggling over any possible discomfort and a few days won’t make that much of a difference.  However,  the concern is that his stools are so hard, that it’s forcing him to have to strain to poop and therfore the swelling in his little bum, is not going down like i had hoped.



they are suggesting a stool softener, but before they can prescribe it, they want to see him, and to see him, the estimate is about $100.  UGH!  GRRRR!!!  now once again, i must state that i can understand about being paid up front.  i would want the same.  specially in these times when everyone is being pushed to their limit.  i know i am.  it’s just so frustrating when you don’t have the cash.

his current appointment is set for tomorrow afternoon at 3:30.  if i don’t have the funds by then, then there is a second scheduled for monday, so he would have to go the weekend before being seen.

i am wondering if there’s an over the counter, gentle stool softener that would do that same.  i am also wondering if the other vet in town would see him and be cheaper.  most likely.  he’s a solid vet and does a fine job.  i just don’t have the “comfort zone” that i have with mine.  but for me, getting Elliot seen is of the essence and if they will work with me, i’ll go there.

it’s just…very frustrating.  my schedule today was to cocnetrate on getting out there and doing some networking, applying for a job, and checking up on another one.  there are also the needs of my own pets, and the other foster kitties too.  it’s a huge balancing act, and just went i think we’ve got a routine, another monkey wrench gets thrown into the picture, so i feel frustation over that complication, and also over my sensitivity to little Elliot’s bum.  as the vet pointed out, his little bum probably bugs me more, than it does Elliot since he’s eating, playing and pooping just fine.  i still worry.  what if it gets worse between now and monday (if i can come up with the funds until then) and he has to have surgery, or something else??!!!

deep breath…stay calm…this was the advice i gave someone just last night assisting them with a crisis they were dealing with their own pet.  and so it goes.  i can only do what i can do, no matter how frustrating it is.  no matter how worried i am an anxious to get little Elliot to the vet.  it doesn’t work.  logic applied here doesn’t work.  i am stll not happy, and won’t be until i get him to a vet.

*footnote:  there is another vet about 16 miles up the road from me in a smaller town who would have helped this weekend but he was out of town and couldn’t.  however, his willingess to work with me was apparent and so i just called him.  i have a good feeling about this.  keep u posted!  yeah!

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