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OT: Morbid day!

April 4th, 2014 at 07:11 pm

Okay, not completely off-topic. We've spent $413 on the cats for vaccination boosters, and $1100 on oral surgery for one of them, who has since been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. She's got less than six months, I think.

The $1100 was for a biopsy and two teeth extractions, anesthetic, medications and X-rays. I did not tend to this matter: it was dealt with by someone more tenderhearted and less money-obsessed than I.

I don't like that the bulk of our tax refund went to a cat with a few months to live, but I suppose life goes like that. Edit: it could have been much worse if we didn't have the money or if the cat hadn't reached her average life span. And no, we didn't vaccinate her. Looks like we don't have to bother with that now.

Also, my brother found out after his shoulder surgery he has hypertension and an enlarged heart. He is feeling mortal and told me he'd assign me executrix duties. He hasn't done a will yet. He has a wife and a child. Maybe he's panicky from the post-op drugs.

7 Responses to “OT: Morbid day!”

  1. mooshocker Says:

    I am very sorry to hear about your brother. Rest assured, panic or not, putting his affairs together is a very noble act.

    Regarding the cat.....I better leave this one alone. Jamie

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Also sorry to hear about your brother. I hope he feels better soon.

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I had a will, living will, and power of attorney documents drawn shortly before entering a hospital to give birth.

    Yeah, spending that kind of money on animals is a subjective matter. I'm relieved I don't have to there-there a sobbing child tonight and that acceptance of diagnosis and prognosis was simple and fast for all of us.

    I don't know much about hypertension to assess life expectancy and quality of life. I do know that my brother is in the United Arab Emirates and it can be scary for immigrant patients to have surgery in a foreign land.

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    It depends where and how badly affected the area of squamous cell carcinoma is. In some cases it can be cauterized and that will kill the cancer cells. I'm guessing it is in the mouth.. that's really tough!

    Good luck to your brother. At least he is taking the right steps now before anything happened.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm sorry to hear about both your cat and your brother.

  6. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I hope things go well for both your brother and the cat. {{hugs}}

  7. snafu Says:

    I hope your brother will carry out his plan to get a Will, POA, Revokable Trust and Advance Directive in place when the scare of hypertension wears off. Perhaps you could make it clear that you would only take on that task if he has his affairs in order. It's so difficult and emotional with the best information. nearly heartbreaking to give the government more assets than you can imagine.

    Sorry kitty has serious problems; how make decisions about fur babies is so personal.

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