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post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
OK, everyone knows what a helluva time I have had for the past month. For those that don't know, here's a list:

1. My left front tire blows on the way to work on a Sat.
2. The spare/donut is flat by the time I get off of work.
3. When I finally arrive home later this same night with the double tire problem, I find Tiger half dead from a bladder blockage and had to rush him to the emergency vet. Total: $1,000.
4. My PC moniter decides it's quitting on me and works only for 30 minute incraments before I have to shut it off and let it cool down. This problem still isn't fixed.
5. The ac compressor in my car freezes and the belts won't turn. I couldn't afford a new one so I got a used one put on just so I can drive, but I now have no AC which is a real bitch in Florida.
6. 3 days after the compressor goes (this past Sun) on my way to work to make up for losing Wed. because of the car AC, the right front tire blows out in the middle of nowhere and the result is I have to pay a roadside station an exhorbant amount for a tire and now risk bouncing checks that I have written.

And, now, for the grand finaly:

7. I went to work (where I am a freelance operator that does video work and NOT an employee of the production co.) and they all of a sudden say "Goodbye, were letting you go affective immediately".

So, now I'm out of work completely! Hows that for a run of bad luck? Things are looking fairly dismal at the moment! It's gone from bad to worse and NOW I am seriously feeling the strain. I'm in serious trouble!
post #2 of 37
Oh dear sorry to hear the bad news. I wish I had something profound to say but I really am not too good with words.

But I will be thinking of you.

post #3 of 37
I'm so sorry~! Wish I knew what to say But here's hoping (& knowing ~ I always look at the bright side) that everything will work out!!

post #4 of 37
Hey Chuck,

I am so sorry. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. You are covered by unemployment, right? I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
post #5 of 37
I know things look really bad right now. Just try and keep your head above water. I am sure something positive will come out of this soon.
post #6 of 37
Oh my! I am sorry to hear all that! I also live in Florida and I know what it is like to go with out AC! I feel for you! I hope thing turn around for you quick!
post #7 of 37

Yikes... I thought bad luck only ran in a string of 3. There goes that theory. :confused3

Keep your head up, it may seem impossible right now but it must be done. Do you have any other job possibilities? Can you go on unemployment for a little while?

Ahhh.. you poor thing. Hug your kitties, it is very healing.

I am thinking of you and wish you the very best. Hopefully this awful streak has come to an end. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
post #8 of 37
Dearest Chuck,

I've missed your calls and I'm not really happy about that, send me your number so we can talk okay. I'm so sorry things are really bad right now. I have ran into some bigtime problem myself now...it's difficult to say...but you'll be fine Chuck. You're a good man, have faith and God will provide...Faith is something no one can take from us.

God Bless You Always,
post #9 of 37

i'm sorry to hear about the latest news, i know how "bad luck" can be, it's like a disease,
for me it's never been financial (until recently) but emotional - huge losing streaks in love.

as hard as it can be, faith is what you need, and not only faith
but humour as well, the more you laugh in the face of this
the better it will get.
have faith in yourself and laugh at your misfortunes because,
really, what else can you do?

you cannot sit and dwell in them or they will only get worse.

i'm here if you want to talk.
post #10 of 37

I am so sorry to hear about the job. Please try to keep a positive outlook (difficult, I know). Some good karma has to be coming your way soon.
post #11 of 37
Hang in there Chuck! Can you go on unemployment (so as to avoid bouncing checks and so)? I don't know how these things work in the US...

Don't worry about the AC too much. We've had a similar thing happen and we got along fine without it for a few weeks (and I can't imagine anywhere more hot and humid then Tel Aviv in the summer ).

You're in a rough spot right now, that's for sure, but I hope things change soon.

What are your immediate plans?
post #12 of 37
Well, I sure do appreciate the added burden unemployment now brings to your life! As I'm not in your shoes, I feel silly giving any advice; but I'll say this anyway: Focus, focus, focus! Keep that depth of field to a minimum and concentrate on accomplishing the most pressing pragmatic objectives one at a time, one day at a time. Look forward to the next day knowing you can DO SOMETHING, no matter how seemingly insignificant, to move closer to your goal.

Again, talk is cheap. But here's more of it: Don't become apathetic about your circumstances; that is, don't laugh things off too much. Sure, a sense of humor can be a real life-saver when skies are cloudy; but don't go there too often. Hold focus on each step of that journey toward your goal. That way you won't become overwhelmed by trying to accomplish and encompass, all at once, those many intermediate obstacles which must be overcome along the way.

Make a maximum effort, with a steel-trap focus — and you shall indeed survive, perhaps even thrive!

Now, about the air conditioning. I lived at Miami, Florida, from 1956 through 1965 — from my eleventh to my 21st year of life. During that time we did not live in an air-conditioned home, nor did we ever have a motor vehicle which had air conditioning. A few of my friends, who happened to be well-to-do, lived in air-conditioned homes and had access to air-conditioned vehicles. But in those days, air conditioning was a LUXURY item! So what changed down there, to make air conditioning more affordable?

post #13 of 37
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your thoughts! When I first arrived home this afternoon about 6 pm I was feeling very winded, unbelieving of the incredible amount of BS that one person can handle.

Since I am self-employed as a freelance operator I cannot get Unemployment. In the work that I do it is feast or famine.

I have had "real" jobs in the past and in each I was completely miserable, working 9-5 in the corrupt corporate America nazi-like clutches of bottom line managers. I will never be able to work for anyone like that again.

Part of the problem with the freelance job that I have been doing for the last 6 months is that it was a fixed schedule and fixed work and TOO much like the conventional "real" job ran by the same bottom line management team that cared far more for the corporate creo than anything else. I had a feeling this was coming, just not as soon as it did. I had JUST began the searching for other work, knowing that things at the PGA Production center were funneling down a chute for me because I was being paid a fairly good wage and more than what they wanted to (They were more interested in getting someone they could pay less and save them money as was hinted to me). So, my freelance position was terminated today.

Oh, well, life goes on, right? Now, I have to hussle up some work. I already have a line on something, so keep your fingers crossed.

I guess I'm feeling vulnerable at the moment becaue I have dreamed for so long of making movies and have done a lot of freelance stuff and since I have attempted the "real" job route and realized I couldn't do it because my heart just wasn't in it, I am feeling a little frantic because 35 is closing quickly.

I'll be alright. But, the fear of not knowing where the next paycheck will be coming from is unnerving.
post #14 of 37
I just logged on & saw this thread. man a lot happens when I'm not online!

Chuck, if there is anything I can do email me
post #15 of 37
MeowMan; "God never gives us more than we can handle". You've heard me (and others) say this before. You've also heard me add, "but sometimes I think He gets a kick out of watching us try to handle it. . . . ."

Enough already, Heavenly Father, this is a good man and he needs a powerful blessing right now! This is my prayer for you, Chuck, and I will say it continually until things change in your favor!

E-mail me anytime and maybe we can brainstorm thru this. . . . TLK
post #16 of 37
Meowman....I want to tell you how sorry I am for the string of bad luck you have been having...and to also ask your forgiveness for not sending you any money yet...I fully intend to still, though I can understand if you say, ya, right, whatever.

I have just had such a bad time finacially here lately, and my cat Peaches is so sick, and has been at the vets since a week ago today....

I would go into more detail, but it is just way to hard to describe to you what happened to her...

The only one who knows is Catarina.....bless her soul.
post #17 of 37
Thread Starter 
It's perfectly OK. You make sure your baby is WELL taken care of. I'm not sunk yet and several people here have been helpful and supportive.

The people here make ME love cats even more. Something I didn't think was possible, being as catified as I am. Cat people are just simply the kindest, most sincere people in the world and the friends that I have made here makes me honored because of the good fortune that I have had meeting everyone here.

This place restores my jaded view of humanity. I just love everyone so much for their kind words and support, privately and postingly.

You take care of yourself. I'll survive.
post #18 of 37
Oh thank you chuck....

I will tell you briefly what happened tp Peaches, because I feel you really do care...as do others, but I could not start a thread about this, or even talk about it till now...

This seems like kind of an informal, out of the way thread, so I will just tell you here....

Peaches is a white cat with big peach spots...I love her to death.

She got pregnant...
She was so fat. And I would scratch her belly and she would love it so much...

Then a week ago last Saturday... my stepson (he is 10) told me he saw her, and that she acted weird, and didn't look good at all, and that her butt was all wet, and she was coughing.

So I went looking for her...could not find her.
I did not see her until last thursday (a week ago today)

She had not been up to the house to eat for 5 days...Sun- Thurs

So last Thursday I was on my way home from work, and I thought I saw her....about a mile away from home......

So I slammed on the brakes, put it in park, and went looking in the ditches.

I found her.

If anyone has a weak stomache or does not want to read anything disgusting...please stop now.

I picked her tiny skinny dehydrated body up out of the ditch...and when I turned her hind end toward me, I saw a most horrid sight, that will stick in my mind forever....

Her vagina was spread open, and there was something in it... (I learned later it was a dead baby)

and there were maggots crawling all over it, and coming out of her...I about puked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But I took her to the vet, and he said she had had a stillborn and a fly had "blown" her....gues that means laid eggs..

Anyway she has been at the vets for a week, I stop in every day to pet and comfort her, but she looks awful....not at all like herself....I am so afraid she will die....

Meowman....sorry to use your thread to tell my story.....but I suddenly wanted to tell it, and your thread just seemed to be there at the time. Forgive me

post #19 of 37
Thread Starter 
Oh My God, Debby, I am so sorry to hear this. And poor little Peaches. How horrible and sad! Tears are in my eyes. I certainly feel for you and Peaches and HOPE with all my heart that she will pull through this.

What about the rest of her kittens? Did she lose all of them? What is the vet saying about her condition?

If there is ANYTHING that I can do, by all means, please don't be afraid to ask.

My prayers are with you and Peaches. My email is johngjaws@yahoo.com if you want to email me privately.
post #20 of 37
My heart is breaking for dear Peaches and her little baby — and for you, too. I pray she will survive this tragedy. Please let us know, whenever you can, how Peaches is doing. I know all of us hope and pray for her recovery. We are here for you, Debby. I am here for you. God be with you and Peaches.

post #21 of 37
Oh my God Debby!

Poor Peaches and poor you to have seen her like that. Please do tell us about these things! We're here to share the bad as well as the good. And nothing that has to do with your baby's health is repulsive to me!

Do let us know how she's doing! I'll keep praying for her!
post #22 of 37

My thoughts are with you and Peaches.
post #23 of 37

i have been thinking of you these past few days, wondering
how you were, and if you were alright, or just very busy...

i am so sorry to hear about this horrible event, i am sorry
for you & for Peaches.

Let's pray she pulls through and comes home with you very soon.
I will be praying.

I am always here for you, any time of day or night.
post #24 of 37
My goodness, I hope she will come through okay. Did the vet give her a good prognosis? You are such a wonderful person for helping her.
post #25 of 37
I am so sorry to hear about Peaches! I'm so glad you found her though. I know she's going to pull through and be fine. you both are in my thoughts and prayers.
post #26 of 37
Debby; This is the first I read of Peaches, I swear; I read this after what I had posted for most of the day today (May 11). I will pray for you and your sweet momma cat. I hope you got her to the vet intime. Is she a very young cat? Had she been pregnant before? I ask this because I had a female once that was very tiny and came to me pregnant. She had one kitten and then had problems and I took her to the vet where they discovered two still kittens in her womb. They removed the dead babies, but peritinitus had set in and she was a very sick cat for a long time, but she did survive! She was with me for several more years(spayed of course). Even the one kitten survived because I was fortunate enough to have a good friend whose cat had babies at the same time and she adopted the little one as her own. I say all this to give you hope and know that we are all thinking of you.
post #27 of 37
Thank you SO much for your concern, all of you!!!! And Chuck, forgive me for using your thread to tell my story, I didn't mean to take it over or anything...I just suddenly felt I was ready to tell it, and didn't want to start a thread. I hope that's okay.

I will try to answer your questions, the best I can...

I don't know if Peaches had any babies that survived....if she did, they would have starved to death when I took her to the vet....but I looked and looked for them, and didn't find any. I hope there werent any, as the thought of them starving is too horrible.

And yes, Peaches is rather young, about a year old exactly, and has never been pregnant before, and she is a very petite little thing. I will most definately have her spayed!!!

And I just stopped and checked on her today after work, and the vet said maybe by Monday she could come home!!! That will mean she has been there for a week and a half!!!

She looked a little better today!!!!! And the vet said she is eating good, because the first few days she hardly ate at all. He has been giving her antibiodics,and treating her eyes, as they had been looking really bad, and he said it was because of the dehydration.

She is so happy to see me every time!!!!!!

When I first brought her in, he told me later, that he really thought she wasn't going to make it. (glad he didn't tell me that then)
I guess the new vets assistant that had just started got a real good lesson that being a vet isnt very glamorous, because the night I took Peaches in, they had to bathe her...and the poor woman ran out of the room and said to the vet's wife...(who works there too) That she had never seen so many ticks and maggots floating around in water in her life... (Peaches had gotten lots of Ticks on her the 5 days she was wandering around and couldnt get home....because of the fever.) I mean the fever is why she couldnt get home....not why she had so many ticks.. I'm not very clear sometimes.

Anyway, the vet said she was running a high fever...because of the dehydration, and was out of her head. He even wondered for a bit if she might have rabies, that first night, because he said she acted so odd, and kept throwing herself at the bars of the cage, and shaking. ( poor thing)
But he now thinks it was because of the fever, her mind was not working right. Kind of temperarily crazy.

Anyway...they checked on her alot all the next day, and his wife said a few times she thought Peaches was dead, but then when she rattled the cage, Peaches would move a little.

She still looks pretty ragged, not at all like herself, but she is better anyway, and eating good.

He is not sure what caused all this, or why she got so sick, he said he also wondered if maybe she had also been attacked by a wild animal when she was wandering around lost.

I just can't wait to have her back home, and doing well again.

This has caused some friction between my husband and I, as he thinks I am nuts to spend so much money on her, and that I should have just had her put to sleep.

It is nice to come here and have other people understand why I could not do that.

Thanks for caring.
post #28 of 37

What a heart wrenching story! I am so glad that Peaches is on her way back to health. You are very loving and brave. I can only imagine what you went through when you found her, but I am SOOOO glad that you did! I know when Squirt was lost I thought one day I had found him dead on the side of the road. I turned the car around and drove up expecting to find my poor baby dead. Luckily, it was only a loaf of rain-soaked Cuban bread (which can look a lot like a dead orange cat at 60 mph). I know Peaches will be home safely soon. And tell your husband......never mind.
post #29 of 37
Thread Starter 
Debby, I'm crying reading this. I feel so much for you and Peaches. Give her a kiss from Uncle Chuck the next time yo see her. And, no, I don't mind at all that you told your story in this thread.

My heart goes out to you. My parents thought I was nuts to spend $1,000 on Tiger and should have put him down, but THAT is crazy and something that will NEVER happen. If my baby is sick and can be saved, money and bills be damned. The kids come FIRST! So, I completely understand.
post #30 of 37
This is great news! I'm thrilled for Peaches, as well as for you. What an ordeal for the poor little girl! I'm so glad to know she's feeling better and will come home soon. I'm sorry, of course, to learn your husband has no room in his heart for Peaches. But thankfully you do! God bless you for saving her life.

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