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Uncle Jay Explains & $20 Challenge

March 27th, 2008 at 04:44 pm

Busy here this morning balancing checkbooks and seeing what bills need paying and filing, etc.

One day this week? When??? ...Anyway got a call from my stepmother that my Dad had another mini-stroke TIA last Thursday and had his arm go completely numb for about 15 minutes. He drove himself and went and had a brain scan this week and was going to drive himself about 4 hours away for a delivery. GAAA! My stepmother is disabled but she can drive! Why didn't she take him to the doctor? Why didn't she call an ambulance? Call us sooner? Call me in time to drive him for the brain-scan? At least she finally called! I do check in on them every week or two, but still she can afford a phone call!

I am beyond p.o.'d!

So, I dropped everything that day and ran down and drove him to and from the place he had to make deliveries. He's previously had 5 bypass surgery and a massive stroke before. What is wrong with this woman that she can't call???????

I chewed them both out - why not call us and let us know at the time something is happening. Yes, it might be scary, but I'd rather be informed in time to help than to be left in the dark until sometime in the future when it might be too late!

On my doxie - I took FrugalSon & went to see her yesterday at the vet's office, didn't get to talk to the vet, but there wasn't any visible improvement. Unless we do a very costly (to us in our financial situation) surgery then it is unlikely that she will recover the use of her hind legs and as she is apprx. 10-13 years old and already sleeps 23 1/2 hours a day we will likely have to put her down. If we did the surgery, there was no guarantee that she wouldn't have the same thing happen w/other vertebrae, etc. We just can't afford to do it.

Myself, Hubster and CashHappySon will go visit today, and if there is no signs of improvement we will let her go. So sad. We got her from the pound when she was about 6-8 years old, and she's had a good run here with us. We just can't see that if she doesn't improve she'd have much quality of life. Too sad to write about it any more today.

To keep you kiddies entertained while I do my bookkeeping...

Uncle Jay explains the Stimulus Package
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Uncle Jay explains the Congressional Recess
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$007.29 balance
+000.09 keyboard change
$007.38 March MTD

2008 Challenge Total $61.82
Cumulative Challenge Total $590.43

8 Responses to “Uncle Jay Explains & $20 Challenge”

  1. nance Says:

    Sorry about your dog, and I completely understand your decision. I have a Lhasa that is 15 1/2 and is starting to have some problems. I was thinking about what I would do, in the future, when her problems get worse. I love her so much, but don't see myself spending thousands of dollars to extend her life for a short time, and put her through a lot of pain and anxiety. She is neurotically attached to me, and if she had to spend any time away, and in pain, I'm sure she would prefer a painless death.

  2. littlemama Says:

    Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope things get better for him. Don't you have finding out about thing waaay after the fact? Seems my DH and I are always the last to find out extended family related things here, and that really peeves us!

    Also sorry to hear about Doxie. Pets really become part of a family that will be missed. My thoughts are with you.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Doxie. It is defintely not an easy decision to make.

  4. JanH Says:

    I can understand the frustration about your Dad. My Mom used to say she hated to call me with bad news since I couldn't do anything from far away. I told her I would rather know what is going on--at least I could pray--ignorance is not bliss when they call when things get to the crisis point. Then, I'm not prepared for anything. Of course, I told her in nicer words. lol. She now calls me when things are beginning and I can keep abreast of what is going on. Thoughts go out to you and family for your Dad and for little Doxie.

  5. compulsive debtor Says:

    Sorry to hear about Doxie. Hang in there.

  6. aevans1206 Says:

    I am crying for you. Absolutely crying. I will be thinking about you and your family--dogs become just as much a part of us as anyone.

    I know how you feel about your father. My MIL, who is going blind and is 84, habitually takes the bus and walks blocks to go grocery shopping rather than HELLO call us. Sigh. I hope stepmother and father both start listening to your pleas.

  7. boomeyers Says:

    You sure have your plate full! I hate to see another good friend head over the rainbow bridge. Frown And aging parents, ie-ya-ya! Talk about the gray hairs. My mom calls us after the fact all the time! Geeze! I don't envy the spot you are in!

  8. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Thanks everyone for your support. I truly appreciate it!! You guys rock!

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