For what it is worth my job for the last year has been transporting COVID patients from home to hospital, or from hospital to hospital. Having symptoms severe enough to start dropping oxygen isn't that dangerous anymore comparatively.
High Flow nasal canula have been very effective at making sure we don't have to intubate nearly as often anymore as well, making treatment a lot less invasive.
If he's going to go in for this at least he has a solid year of all the things we learned in treatment to make everything less invasive. The big problem now is just that we don't have anything to really speed up recovery, so we still have patients in the room for sometimes weeks. Able to walk and talk and take care of themselves for short bursts, just not safe to go home yet.
Still not a fun experience but not as dangerous as it once was.
That does make me feel better!
I hope he isn't in the hospital for weeks. Their nearest hospital is an hour and half away from home so it would be really rough on their family, plus he is the only breadwinner now that sister's work is out for the summer.
@silverfox Yeah like @Duntada said treatment is a lot more effective now. Definitely still scary, but my father-in-law is in his 80s, overweight, and diabetic and he got COVID around Christmas last year. He wasn't feeling well and was sent home from his local hospital (in the middle of Kansas where they don't believe COVID is real and very few people wear masks) because they didn't "think" he had pneumonia and whoops two days later it was in both lungs and he tested positive for COVID. He ended up airlifted to a larger, better hospital in January and spent a month there but against all odds he's still alive and just got off home oxygen a couple weeks ago.
He absolutely 200% likely would have died earlier on in the pandemic. At no time did they intubate him and his oxygen dropped to scary, scary levels. I completely credit the hospital change to saving his life. But it really seems like hospitals have figured out how to bring that death rate down at this point so don't lose hope.
But I also get your anger because my sister-in-law who lives near him and had visited him during his contagion period basically stopped speaking to him when he said that he had told the board of health he had been with her for contact tracing reasons. She then got sick, refused to be tested, and of course refused to wear a mask or get a vaccine. It makes me so mad knowing she probably infected a lot of other people.
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When people don't do what you paid them for and still insist they did the work and now you look like an entitled asshole for having to say, 'No, please do the work I paid you for.'
And also abandoning really nice people in a scene @_@ UUGHHHH
ETExplain: Had fence repaired but they didn't finish it the way they charged us; they half assed it, explained nothing, and left, letting us puzzle out what the hell they had done instead. It got fixed but in the process I had to bail from a scene I was GMing and while everyone understands RL>all I still feel like an ass on multiple fronts.
My dog is almost 11 years old. For his breed, the average lifespan is about 10-12.
And thought the vet said he was in remarkably good health for a dog his age and his size just two weeks ago, his back legs gave out on our stairs today. He went sliding backwards - fortunately just three steps - and hit the landing before I could stop it.
He's not hurt, I don't think, except for being even more sore. He's going to vet tomorrow tomorrow to refill his pain pills, now that we're pretty sure the ones that he had previously been on were the source of the coughing that brought him in for a checkup that last time. Will be having X-rays to confirm both.
But fuck I hate this. And yes, this is also a RL sad. This is a big RL sad. But my crying is angry crying because he is a good boy, and he doesn't deserve this, and I can't fix it for him, and also because he doesn't understand why I'm crying and I can't explain to him that he hasn't done anything wrong.
@aria Give him an extra hug for me, Aria. And get in my DMs if you want to tell me about him.
I know everyone says they have the best dog in the world. And everyone is absolutely, absolutely right. But man, this guy.
I broke my foot in 2014 and given the layout of our house, was basically confined to the second floor bedrooms and bathroom for several weeks. For the entire time, he refused to leave my side except when he needed to go use the puppy facilities, and even then he'd fly back into the house and up to me as quickly as possible. He wouldn't even go downstairs for dinner because huMom was broken and needed protecting. It reached the point that @insomniac7809 had to start feeding him in our bedroom and bring his water fountain upstairs because otherwise he just wouldn't eat.
Tibs is the very best boy.
@aria I am squeeing at what a goodboi your pupper is. Hims loves you so much.
At the last possible moment, the man who was going to re-home his 2 year old silken windhound to me changed his mind and decided to keep her.
I was prepared to drive 12 hours each way by myself to go get her. I had a hotel room booked to stay overnight and collect her the next morning. I had a spay booked for the end of the month (at reduced cost for below standard income, which are super hard to get due to demand), an ID tag already engraved, and a custom collar ordered from Etsy.
Fortunately I got all of my money back for what was spent, and cancelled before charges could be placed for what wasn't.
I'm so angry. This man is 70 years old. His wife left him, he has cancer, he's unable to run his ranch by himself. The dog is 2 years old, with a life expectancy of about 16 years. Nevermind my own anger and anxiety, what's going to happen to that dog when he finally can't take care of her anymore? And he already had three older dogs he intended to keep.
I am just...ugh. I feel like this is what I get for giving myself permission to get excited.
@cupcake I'm so sorry. You posted a pic of that dog, right? A kinda gormy-looking thing with a narrow head that makes me think of greyhounds?
@greenflashlight Yes. She's a silken windhound - they're a fairly recently developed breed, and they're basically to borzhoi what whippets are to greyhounds.
On the upside, because the breed is so new the community for it is fairly small and news travels fast. I had a lady reach out to me from CA to tell me she will have several females ready to place by the end of summer, and if we can come to an agreement on a re-homing fee, when the annual meet-up for the breed happens in my state in September, she'll just bring the dog chosen for me to adopt with her.
@cupcake I hope this one goes through. I guess the old man was in his rights to keep his dog, but still, dick move on his part.
Fuck standard insurance that doesn't cover fertility treatment.
Fuck clinics that KNOW you are paying out of pocket and don't bother to tell you when certain tests could be ordered by your PCP and be covered that way.
Well, that was two grand we had saved to cover fertility medication that we just had to spend on a fucking STD panel.
Extortion. This is extortion.
Update: Well, it took months and literal tears to get an answer, but someone told me that all I have to do is give LabCorp my insurance information directly. The admin team at this clinic is fucking incompetent.
I'm sorry. :( The cost is a big reason why we didn't continue to pursue fertility options once we moved to Colorado. My insurance does cover a little (aka, 500, which is not enough even for the initial tests they will need to do since they won't accept any we had done in Arizona.)
Having a doctor who knows how to code shit into the system is so important too.
Having a doctor who knows how to code shit into the system is so important too.
The other issue is that there are several different systems, all of them proprietary and using their own code.
This would go so much smoother if we could just get rid of proprietary coding and records systems and just have a standard.
@greenflashlight Word got around about it in the breed community and now I have three separate people talking about possibly re-homing a dog to me. I'm actually kind of shocked; my experience with the local greyhound community was kind of negative and by and large the silken windhound community has been really, really nice.
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This is one of the many reasons why a universal or public system is better and more efficient.
@cupcake Awesome! I'm glad people are looking to help you out. Did you ever meet the dog you'd originally planned to adopt, or was it a long-distance kind of thing?
@greenflashlight Long distance. I would have ended up road tripping to collect her.
Interestingly (ironically?) one of the dogs being offered is her sister littermate.
The firefighters at wildfires should not have to warn people to not fly their drone over a wildfire. Come on people!!