Monday, November 21, 2016

When It Rains, It Floods

So, here's the literally–headache–inducing events of the moment:

1) Casey, who had surgery to remove tumors/polyps from his ear and started a penicillin-based sub-cutaneous (SQ) antibiotic Saturday, now has a giant irritated thing coming out of his ear canal that wasn't there a few days ago.  I'm going to send Vet #1 an email with attached photo to see what she thinks it is, since I can't afford another visit.

2) Mary, who has been intermittently on prednisolone for severe asthma/"reverse sneezing" attacks, has a roundish kinda–firm something right about where the lymph node by her jaw is.  I suspect it's directly linked to the drug given I've noticed swellings there before, so I'll stop giving it to her again, but then it'll be back to chasing a hyperventilating cat around the house.

3) Juliet has decided that if I don't give her 175mL of her SQ fluids (100 in the afternoon, 75 at night) she'll drink her head off all at once, then go projectile–puke it all over the place.  Like into my mother's laptop, which by an amazing coincidence no longer wants to turn on.

4) I joined my father & stepmother on one of their usual nature hikes.  They do this all of the time without problems.  Me?  I noticed my rib was sore that evening, looked down, noticed what looked like a little bead of blood, went to scrape it off and oh my god it has wiggling legs like a little spider and it won't let go of me get it off get it off get it OFF!   Hopefully the little bastard didn't give me Lyme disease like one did to Amy Tan when she was up here long ago.

5) Today, my mother turned on the washing machine, and five minutes later discovered the ceiling above the living room dripping.  Confusingly enough, using the toilet, sink, or shower in the bathroom immediately above the leak doesn't produce the same result.  It'll be a while before we're ready to have a plumber come in, so I guess it's laundromat & washing–underwear–in–the–sink time for me...assuming I can find a laundromat, considering all of the ones I used to be aware of are gone.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Bit of Amusement

I’ve been calling around local pharmacies & searching websites in hope of finding a pharmacy in my area that sells Lactated Ringer’s Solution, and got a couple of moments of eyebrow–raising amusement...

Talking with one pharmacy tech:
“Hi, do you carry Lactated Ringer’s Solution?"
“No, I’ve never heard of it.  Is it some kind of OTC thing?”
I then searched another pharmacy’s website at her suggestion:

No, no I did not mean located, fingers.  Why, did somebody lose some?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The County Clerk Needs A Proofreader

When I voted in the last election, I decided to sign up once again to run an election precinct (a position inexplicably called 'Inspector') this November.  Today, I finally got my Precinct Officer's Notice of Appointment sheet, which contained an eyebrow–raising error:

Important notice to Inspectors: To ensure your Election Day access,
please call the polling place contact person
no later than May 23.
The polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 11/8/2016.

Thankfully, the additional info page they always include for Inspectors had the more reasonable contact–by date of October 21.  Maybe I'll luck out and the school I'm being assigned to will let me set up the polling booths & tables (but nothing sensitive like ballots, obviously) the night before the Election, so my team won't have to arrive quite as early…

CRF Shopping Puzzle Hell

Trying to order CRF supplies all at once is starting to remind me a little too much of certain childhood logic word problems:
"Sally carries items A, B and C; John sells B & D; Billy sells all four, and Betty sells two.  One of the boys requires a prescription, one child's website is malfunctioning, and one of the girls has the best prices on item A & D.  How long can you try to figure out who to buy from without wanting to strangle all of them?"

That's not even taking into consideration the unwelcome news that there is apparently a shortage of all 3 types of fluids.  Or that some sites don't distinguish properly between the Ultra-Thin Wall needles by Terumo Medical and the slower, less sharp Thin Wall or Regular Wall ones by Terumo Sur-Vet.

This is with help from the pages on obtaining inexpensive CRF supplies over at Tanya's  & Scooter's sites.  I'd be up to my ears in hand-written pricing/product charts otherwise, based on when I had to do this the first time back in 2007!