So, this is a guest post by Checkers. Yes, the cat.
Yes, that cat.
THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD.
Your fearless blogger and Queen of the Zombies has decided to turn her blog over to a Higher Being – just this once, to see how it goes.
Actually, that’s not true. She’s not here and I’m all by myself. This post shouldn’t be here. Don’t tell her, okay? I’m not allowed to touch the computer or play with the mouse. (I don’t get that one… it’s a mouse and I’m a cat. I’m supposed to play with mice, right?)
I haven’t been well lately. Many of you know about my kidney disease and the regular shots my mom has had to give me for the last year and a half. A couple weeks ago I started showing signs of serious kidney failure. After a trip to a lousy vet for some useless tests and worthless – but costly – medicine, my mom just took me to another vet for some higher-quality tests. This new vet has an education in veterinary medicine (something my mom suspects the other did not have) and real equipment.
I don’t like the real equipment. It means they can do more tests and stuff. I don’t like tests.
The vet has decided to keep me for the weekend. I’m using their computer while they’re closed for the night. Don’t tell them, either.
I hate going to the vet for obvious reasons. My mom hates it, too.
Despite appearances, we’re not rich and this vet stuff is expensive. My mom has to move to another part of Texas tomorrow to start a new workcamping job a few hours away. Her internet sales are way down so she workcamps to save a little money. Workcamping is great for getting a free RV parking space in exchange for volunteer (unpaid) hours, but workcamping jobs don’t pay any money for stuff like kibbles and cat toys.
My mom is starting to worry about where our next bowl of kibbles will come from so she’s selling a kidney.
It’s slightly used, but hasn’t seen alcohol in over eleven years and she eats only healthy food. In the likely even no one is willing to buy her kidney, she’s resigned herself the the fact she may have to give up her wonderful life on the road for a while and go back to banging her head against the padded walls of an office cubicle.
I am accepting offers for the kidney on her behalf. I’m also acting as her agent in case you have any job offers. Ones that involve traveling will be considered first.
Besides, how could she keep traveling without her fabulous feline copilot? Yeah, yeah, so what if I can’t read maps, that’s not the point. I can do no wrong, and I’m her only companion. The best companion ever.
Before they closed for the night, she came by the vet hospital to check on me. I think the vet staff was very nice not to make my mom feel silly for crying. She said the house is too quiet and the bed was too big without me.
We could use your prayers and good thoughts.
(The happy posts will continue again soon.)
UPDATE (by Kernut) : A very kind and thoughtful reader, Lisa of RVNomads, made a generous donation of $50 toward Checkers ($850 ) medical bill. Thank you Lisa! You’re gesture warmed my heart.
UPDATE 2 (by Checkers): (I see mom found the post. Crap.) I’ve escaped the vet hospital. Kernut came and got me (but it sure took her long enough)! I’m better than when I went in to the second – smart – vet (no bladder infection now), but have likely reached the last stages of kidney disease. My mom said she’s going to see how well I do the next couple weeks. I’m resting now after the long drive back, but just stole a moment on the computer to let you all know how I’m doing. Thank you all for the love and prayers! It means a lot to us both! xoxo
UPDATE 3: A Big Thank You to the following people for their generous donations: (a fellow cat lover who wishes to remain anonymous), Jo Anne, Alyne and Les, Lisa, and John. Because of your generosity, the vet bills ($850) are almost completely covered! In the event I receive more money than the cost of Checkers medical bills, all extra money will be donated to the Humane Society in Checkers name. Love and Blessings to you all! xo