Have you ever had a moment when after seeing someone day in and day out you suddenly see them in a different light and think – Holy cow! You have lost a lot of weight!! Or Holy cow! You have gained a lot of weight!!
That happened to me on Monday with my cat Mozzie.
He loves attention. At least from me. I scratch under his chin, behind his ears and the scruff of his neck often because he really enjoys it.
But Monday, I was standing over him so I rubbed both my hands down the sides of his body to give him full body love and I felt his ribs and thought, HOLY BLEEP! What the bleep is wrong?! Why are you so damn skinny??
Over the weekend he had gotten sick a couple of times and had diarrhea 3 mornings in a row. I thought he had eaten something and would be ok once it passed.
Why did I think that?
Let me show you some exhibits of his handy work when I am not home….
But Monday freaked me out because I had not noticed that he was losing weight, and he wasn’t acting really sick or lethargic until Monday.
I went to work, got some things done and was going to leave after the receptionist had lunch, but one of my bosses told me to go home right then and take Mozzie to the vet.
I was so grateful because I was upset, both about Mozzie’s health and my own. I had received a message that same morning from my doctor that I needed to come back in soon because there were irregularities with my mammogram.
That on top of having poor result with my physical recently, well let’s just say that the only thing I have got going in my favor right about now is my teeth. I at least passed that exam with flying colors!
Four years ago I was working for a different CPA firm. One night during tax season I came home and realized that my cat Caesar’s breathing was labored so I rushed him to the vet. Five hours later, after he and I next rush to an emergency vet, the most unexpected thing happened, he passed away.
That was very traumatic for me. He and I were very close and we went through a lot together. I cried so much that my eyes were practically swollen shut.
I went to work the next day since it was tax season and I was pretty much a key figure in getting the returns out the door, amongst other things. I looked like absolute crap, and no amount of make-up could even begin to hide my swollen eyes.
One of my bosses at the time, who was also one of the owners of the firm, sat down with me and said, “If my dog just died, I sure as hell would not be here! I’d probably be at a bar drowning my sorrows. Nonetheless, I would not be here.”
It made me feel better at the time. But since I only had Caesar and he was gone, the very last place I wanted to be was at home, a home that had suddenly become so empty without warning.
So when I noticed “out of the blue” that something was wrong with Mozzie, he became my primary focus. I have gladly spent some of my vacation time to be able to care for him and watch him carefully. I do not want to repeat of what happened to me before.
The vet gave him several injections to re-hydrate him, to stop the vomiting and the diarrhea, and I have medicine I am giving him daily. On a separate day I took in a stool sample and the results came back negative, which is good.
He’s an indoor cat, so it has to be something he ate or something within his own body that is not functioning properly.
He seems to be feeling a little bit better. He’s eating (food, not wooden house fixtures or toys), he’s going to the bathroom normally, he’s not throwing up, and he is playing with Kennedy some more.
So we are hanging today. He and Kennedy have been enjoying the sun…..
And if he shows any signs of not feeling well, back to the vet we will go for the next exploratory step.
At this rate, between checking on his health and my own, I am dropping about $250 every other day.
If something needs to be done, I will do it because health is more important than money.
But since I am footing the bill, I’d like to slow it down and take a more cautious yet pro-active ready to move forward at a moment’s notice type of approach.
Like I said right now he seems good, and I am going to relax a little bit today too, since you know, we are on vacation…..