Well here's the story behind the title: it's Christmas Eve, and I get in my truck, go to the barn and load up Santa's gifts. It's 9:00 p.m. and starting to sprinkle. I'm coming up the driveway, and one of our cats, Bubbles, is sitting right in the middle of it. So I stop, and give him time (I thought) to move out of the way, and continue pulling the truck into the carport. Unbeknownst (sp) to me, he waits until he's under the truck to decide to move. I feel a thump and a loud meow, get out of the truck and...you guessed it, I ran over him. So I get the wife, and we bring him in the house. Of course the kids see him, and they're upset, I'm upset, the wife is upset, the dog is upset (she went over to see what all the fuss was about, and Bubbles promptly scratched her), and Bubbles is VERY upset. His rear end isn't working very well....I guess mine wouldn't either, if I had just been run over by a Ford F 150 4X4.
My son wants me to call the vet, and I try to explain that it's Christmas Eve, and the vet is busy doing other things (like playing Santa, for instance). But he sees the little magnet on the fridge with the vet's phone number on it, and it also has an EMERGENCY number on it. So I dial it, and get a recording with another phone number, for the animal emergency room. They're open, but there is a three hour wait, and I'm 45 minutes away. Bubbles has calmed down somewhat, so me and the wife fret over what to do, and decide to see if he will last the night. He makes it, and doesn't seem to be in pain, so we wait until the day after Christmas, when our regular vet is open.
The first vet takes x-rays, and tells me that Bubbles has broken his left hip, and his right thigh is pushed through the hip socket, and uses big words that I don't understand. Then he tells me that he can't repair the damage because he's had a rash of surgeries and is out of the proper equipment. He refers me to an Orthopedic Surgeon 40 miles away. The first vet bill is $112.00. The specialist says he can repair Bubbles, and that he has performed many such operations successfully, so I tell him to go ahead and do it. Bubbles was in the hospital for three days, and came home today. The Specialists' fee was $1820.00. Oh, I forgot to mention that I missed a half days' work, and Bubbles must have two more return visits for stitch removal and follow-up x-rays, requiring more time off of work.
My wife and kids are happy now, Bubbles is recuperating nicely in the bathroom, and I'm sure PETA would be proud of me. All I can think about is the nice "L" I was saving up for.
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