||[Jul. 11th, 2006|09:12 pm]
spent at this point 6 thousand at the vet since october between samantha, jasmine and pandora.|
i didn't think that much about it (because it upsets me) until saturday when the vet dr carrao told me i was royally ripped off by that nice emergency hospital.
he said all the tests he was faxed were not needed, and that her bloodwork was normal. that the things i was told she had were very broad speculation. hmmm.
then dr carrao did a blood test to ensure pandora didnt have feline leukemia etc. and i paid. i didn't realize that's what the test was. pandora has already BEEN tested for everything and fortunately has no disease.
so then today i called and was informed pandora has no diseases and is good to go for friday surgery. i ask the cost and am told something outrageous. (plus hospital stay) i'm like,'wha huhhhh?' i had three other cats fixed and spent nothing like that.
i called my vet i took the other guys to, and the cost is about the same as the cost of one blood test jasmine had at washington square vet when i had to go to the e/r place a day later! my vet in long island basically is about 1/10th the city vet's cost!
not only that, they remember me and are willing to let her be dropped off a day in advance and not charge for the hospital 3 days overnight! so let's see, awesome vet i used to do work for and get free vet services... or city place that sent me to rip off central, and want to rip me off more. sigh.
panda is going to get the best care, AND it's not going to rip her mommy off. and panda's uncle jim and joe are the kick ass relations!! jim is going through a really trying time and was still willing to take the little lady by car for this..... and joe has offered to take the train to nyc straight out of work, get the princesss... see the vet with my written list of what to say, and drop her there. and then bring her back to nyc post surgery!
I love you!! I love you!! I love you!!
i had to call my dad to say happy birthday and found out that he is working in a tiny town called hornell, ny.
it sounds absolutely beautiful. he is now a travelling doctor on his vacation time, getting three times what he's normally earning. he said if he goes part time at his practice and does this part time he will make as much doing this as he makes in his private practice in a year. so he will travel the country training people in oncology offices, hospitals and filling in for doctors. he told me there is only one oncology practice in this little rural town, and the doctors can't get vacations. so he's filling in, at the office and at a clinic. it just sounded so beautiful and so fun. he said it's like how long island was 150 years ago.
i almost wished for a minute i was a travelling oncologist. but all i am is a chick who's pissed off about vet bills. i had first called my dad's house and got my half brother evan. i actually talked with him for half an hour, which seemed to shock my father. evan never had a pet and never seemed interested in animals. yet, since i don't stfu i was telling him my vet issues. he told me he works at a vet's in oceanside. he has a car which is insane (well he is 17 crazy enough!) and drives there. he told me he draws blood and runs blood tests through a computer? for feline aids etc.
i was thinking,'can he take panda there?' but i would never ask my wayward distant family for any favor. i wish i was friends with my brothers, they have cars and i'd go hang out with them. but i'm not. for whatever reason, by the shock my father expressed that i had conversed with evan, my father wouldn't really want this particular crazy big sister in their lives.