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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

What a week...

Wow... What a week. I was hoping for things to calm down and get back to normal in my last post... well... lets just say I am still hoping...

Important info for this post... I have 4 pets... Emmitt (dog- 13 years), Hannah (cat-12 years), Lenny (cat- 4 years), & Snoopy (cat - 2 years).

Dec 23 - Emmitt was rebounding from surgery nicely. Lovely anniversary dinner with Mr. D. We had a great dinner at Carraba's and then went last minute Christmas shopping... came home and watched our wedding video... nice day. (the calm before the storm.)

Dec. 24 - Spent all day cleaning and cooking. My family came over and we had a nice Christmas eve together... very casual. We made homemade pizza (our family tradition) and ate Italian sausage and pizza along with a ton of desserts. My Dad and his wife were spending the night... At 12:30 we went to bed leaving Dad and wife watching TV... At 5:30 AM we realized that 1 of our cats was outside... someone had "accidentally" (ie - carelessly) let him out. It didn't take long for us to realize that Snoopy... our youngest kitty was missing and no where to be found. So somehow... someone.. "accidentally / carelessly" let out TWO of our cats in the middle of the night and didn't realize it.

Dec. 25 - Spent all morning from 5:30 on searching for Snoopy... He was no where to be found. Once Dad and his wife work up around 8:30... I made breakfast. It turned into a very sour morning because everyone was upset about the missing pet. Mr. D. and I didn't open gifts because we were to frazzled... When my family finally cleared out at about noon we opened gifts... Mr. D. went overboard. I got all sort of girly stuff like perfume and bubble bath and the Elizabeth Arden make-up set. I also got tons of cloths and pj's. I took a nap and then we planned for Mr.D's family to come over that night. We had 21 people over on Christmas night and it was really fun... well stressful-fun... His family can just be overwhelming... but a couple (well 4 or 5) glasses of wine helped me though! They were all very generous in their gifts and even stayed to help me clean up. All in all a very nice time... except for the missing Snoopy.

Dec. 26 - I made an appointment to take Emmitt back to the doctor to check his stitches and his eyes... I also decided to take my other cat Hannah (who is 12) because she has been walking funny... I thought probably arthritis or something. We spent a good part of the afternoon putting up "missing Snoopy" posters around our neighborhood and in the park across the street.

Dec. 27 - Snoopy returns!!!! After 57 hours he just shows up at the back door! YAY!!! We celebrated and are so relieved that he is safe... (in fact ... he is on my lap as I am typing this.) I take Emmitt and Hannah to the vet. Emmitt's incision looks good and is healing well.. YAY... His ears are clear... YAY... His eye is healing but no at fast as they would like so more meds and another eye staining test... =$97. Hannah - has a full blood panel and is found to have diabetes. She is now insulin dependent for the rest of her life and I have to give her injections 2X a day. =$203.

For those of you playing along at home that is $1500 in vet bills that I have incurred since Thanksgiving. The $$$$ is coming from my mastercard... And I am freaking out.

Dec 28 - Today we found out that Emmitt did have testicular cancer... but it was very small and the vet is sure that she got it all... so that is good news. I have to take him back next week for yet another eye stain test (probably another $100). And I have to take Hannah back to the vet in 2 weeks for her all day glucose test (probably at least another $100-$200). I know it sounds funny but please pray for my little furry family... we can't take much more of these bills coming in. And I just do not know what to do.

Other than all that I am fine and Mr. D. is fine. We did have a nice Christmas (except for the "2005 Great Kitty Escape" and all the $$$ lost. But our family is still in tact.

I am supposed to see my doctor on cd 13 next week to check my liver function (a bloodtest I need every few months because of the Metformin)... that is another $35. At some point I think I will need to cut up this credit card....

We do have some good possibilities with Mr. D's acting coming up in the future... Please say a quick prayer about that too. It would be a huge help financially... but I can't talk about it yet.. I don't want to jinx it.

2005 was a much better year than 2004 for us... But we are really ready and in need of a GREAT 2006!!!!


Blogger Jess said...


I will pray for all of you. I know what you mean about strained finances. At one point I wasn't sure the kids would get much more for Xmas than the 3 (small) presents each we already had for them. This has been a horrible financial year for us, and I am trying so hard to pull us out of this hole. I really hope your days start getting better, I hope that Emmitt stays healthy and I hope Mr. D gets that acting opportunity. Call me if you need to talk.'

Love ya!!


8:14 PM  
Blogger Crazy Me said...

James, it's Angela, I changed my posting name. Good luck on the audition for hubby and I hope the pet bills don't break you!! Credit card debt sucks. Believe me, I know!!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

You will all be in my thoughts and prayers Jamie! I understand the finances...we are there too. It seems like when things are bad, sometimes they just get worse and you can't get away from it.

All in all, I am glad that you had a nice Christmas and again, I will keep you, Mr. D., and the furries in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care!

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Oh gosh, sweetie--way too much pet drama for one week, much less this week! And hosting 21 people? You're a saint!

I'm so glad your babies are okay, and I hope and pray that you won't need any more vet trips in the near future.

Blessings for the new year.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Orodemniades said...'re supposed to get tested for liver function when taking Met?


Glad to hear your furry family is a-okay.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Faith in Florida said...

Glad the cat came back:)

2:50 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I am happy to hear that Snoopy came back - too bad it wasn't 52 hours earlier to save you from some stress.
I will say a prayer for your pets - everything seems to happen at once doesn't it?
Definately can relate to the credit card debt - TOTALLY SUCKS!
I hope the play works out for Mr. D and your New year is Fantastic!

Have a good one.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

Let's hope January is a little more relaxed! I am glad the fuzzy ball is back... Have a happy and safe New Year...
I hope this new year is a magical year for you.
Hugs, Lesley

10:22 PM  
Blogger Thalia said...

really hoping that 2006 brings lots of good news and less stress.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Ollie said...

Holy crap Jamie. I am glad to hear everyone is home, safe. I'm sorry to hear about Hannah's diabetes though. We have a diabetic cat, too and it's never fun to know they are sick. I'm wishing her the best. 1800PetMeds .com does have insulin for ~$95, which helps a little.

Break a leg Mr. D!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Glad to hear that all the pets are now accounted for and are all on the road to recovery. We have 2 dogs/2cats ourselves and always panic around the holidays when guests arrive. Some people just don't get it, ya know?!

Hoping 2006 is even better than 2005 even. Nothing but good from here on out! You deserve it!

2:28 PM  
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