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By georgeha (Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 06:24:19 PM EST) cats, travel, cons (all tags)
One less cat, forever job, hot hot hot and less.

Poll: Are there more tragedies coming in 2016?

As I last diarized, Mrs. Ha lost her nanny job, as expected, in mid May. She had a tough time finding a new job, and was unemployed until early July. She then found a job as a chiropractic assistant, and asked a former ophthalmologist to vouch for her, as he knew one of the DCs.

Networking helps.

The new job doesn't have paid vacation for the first six months, and we were pretty strapped while she was unemployed, so our summer vacation was the ice cream bar vacation, we'd buy Magnum ice cream bars and pretend we were on a vacation.

It was a rough summer, not just unemployment. Our short haired female cat had food security issues and was plumping out, we changed her food, she didn't like it and decided to starve herself to death in a fit of pique.

Feline hepatic lipidosis, look it up.

Of course, sometimes surgically implanting a feeding tube helps, and Rochester does have a few vet hospitals that will gladly take your money.

In this case it didn't, it only prolonged her pique. We got a call late one night that she wasn't doing well. We hurried to the hospital, she was bleeding out, and it was a race between death from bleeding out or euthenasia. In the end, one less cat, and one whopper of a vet bill. Tinkerbelle was probably my second favorite cat, next to Merlin.

In other cat news, the long haired female had dental surgery in the beginning of the year, the male just had dental surgery. We've financed enough in cat medical bills to buy a small, new motorcycle. Most of them are paid off, at least.

It's a good thing Mrs. Ha likes her new job, and is getting okay money. We have those cat bills to pay, and there's a chance she might stick out this job until she's in a her 60's. I would be okay with her putting ten+ years into a job.

The rest of the family is good, fifteen_year_old has been to a few more cons, twenty_year_old finally got an A in college. She's still taking three courses a semester, and passing most of them.

It was an awful hot summer, and my plans to repaint the garage did not come through. I got a side primed, but that was all I could do.

Work travel was much less this year, though. A trip in January to Massachusetts, and the recent trip to Florida. Compared to traveling a quarter of my time in 2015, it's nice.

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Hepatic Lipidosis by ana (4.00 / 3) #1 Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 08:39:06 PM EST
 We nearly lost a cat to that once. I think in his case the fit of pique was provoked by congestive heart failure, which took him later that year. While hospitalized in a cone, he  managed to [a] get out of the cone of shame, and [b] remove the feeding tube that had been implanted in his neck. He had fixed opinions about the way things should be, and being held overnight at the vet's was not part of his world view. 

I'm sorry for your loss. Pets have a way of becoming part of you.

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

Before I vote in the poll by lm (4.00 / 3) #2 Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 09:35:03 PM EST
Did you write it before or after the news about Zsa Zsa Gabor?

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Before, I'm flabbergasted by georgeha (4.00 / 4) #3 Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 09:39:28 PM EST
how often do 99 year old people die?

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Well, no tragedies since then, anyway by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Dec 19, 2016 at 07:54:52 PM EST
Except, err, never mind.

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Normally just the once by Herring (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 01:44:12 PM EST
I remember working with actuarial mortality tables (yes, dull) but a lot of them ended at 110 or 115. So presumably they figured if you hadn't died by then, you weren't going to.

Mind you, the last entry was always "1". But if you took out insurance after that ...

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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