We pay our own way. We always have. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy.
When we took Nana in to our regular vet, she felt Nana needed more complex surgery than she could offer and referred us to a specialist. She estimated what we thought was a large sum of money, twice as much as what we had paid for chemo for Nacho and Isis. It had been many years since we’ve had to deal with major veterinary bills, and the price of things do go up.
Imagine our surprise when the final bill was double the estimate.
It’s cinch time.
When Greg and I walked into the veterinary clinic, he said you could smell the money. Ha! He was so right. The building was immense, the parking lot had an inordinate amount of high dollar sports cars, and there were free snacks and expensive coffee in the waiting room. That couldn’t be a good sign. 🙂
On the other hand, it’s one of the most respected facilities in the area. There were several specialists for different disciplines from orthopedics to oncology. I chose a vet who not only taught surgical procedure but specialized in orthopedics. He was thorough and answered all our questions without hesitation. I liked that. I can be kind of
pushy determined when it comes to my pets’ health. I like to know all my options and the risks.
He gave Nana an 85% chance of recovery. A lot will depend on how well we handle the next four months of rehabilitation. My hope is that this surgery will give her a better quality of life. She’s only four, so she’s got a lot of years left in her.
For this reason, we gasped, but we didn’t balk at the final sum.
For us, this means some of our plans will have to be put on hold. Every year, we usually have one big dollar item to invest on us, home, or homestead. This year it was supposed to be fencing our acreage. Next year was earmarked for Greg’s boat. Right now, both are up in the air. The boat isn’t necessary, but the fence has long been a need that we’ve put off because of the high cost. We finally had all our ducks in a row when Nana got hurt.
What are you gonna do? We can’t let her suffer. Both of us know first hand how painful bad knees can be.
We have a second car and a sporty ATV we can sell, so that will be our first method for solvency. Hopefully, with them gone, we can pay off our bills without going into debt.
I plan to advertise Book Cover Diva more too and maybe start writing again. I don’t want to get too busy right away because Nana’s rehab is going to take a lot of time. I hope to get a call today saying we can pick her up.
What’s your go-to method for making payments when you’re hit with a major bill? An extra job? Freelancing? Or selling your stuff?
I feel like a wrung-out towel today. All day yesterday we waited by the phone for updates keeping us in knots. She was in surgery a long time, but the vet felt it went very well. The rest now is up to us.
PS Thank you all for all the wonderful support you’ve given us on Facebook, calls, and texts. I’ll feel better once we get our puppy home. I know she’s terrified being in a strange place. Her mommy wasn’t doing too much better. 🙂