Hey, guys, I haven't been around for a little while. Don't worry, I didn't get a life or anything like that. Thought I'd post a little update on the exciting things that have happened since I last posted. Main thing, my dad had a heart attack in November. He ended up having triple bypass surgery after that and made it out all right. I guess it didn't really hit me until I went in to see him after he woke up after having the surgery done. He was all groggy and weird. My eyes welled up with tears and I couldn't help it. We've had our issues (like I do with everybody, and they have with me) but things have been really great the past year or so. A few months later and things have started to get back to somewhat normal. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE.
The other week I found a few lumps on my dog's stomach and I've been stressed, worried and in pieces ever since. Google 'lumps on dog stomach' and it'll give you nightmares (if you're in this situation... or perhaps it's just me.) I took her to see the vet last week and she couldn't tell what they were from solely feeling them and so gave me one option - have all of the lumps removed and biopsied. And that's where it's been left at. They gave me a print out of the costs and, yeah, it'll cost $1000...
So now I'm stuck. I don't have the money to cover all of it. I've got about half of it right now with the rest of it slowly dribbling in over the next 7 or so months (tax refunds). I thought if they'd do a payment plan of $100/month it'd be perfect but apparently they don't do payment plans. It would make it rather easy, perhaps too easy, if I had a friend or family member to borrow from and pay them back that $100 a month but I don't see that happening. Things have gotten a little more stable since I last posted but we're still tight financially.
So basically, the plan is to apply for some temp jobs and hope for the best. It really worries me, though, and I don't like leaving her like that for any length of time. Especially since I now feel a couple of lumps that I did not feel before. I've even resorted to applying for a credit card that I am sure I will get declined for. It's with my bank so I feel it's worth a shot.
Also, I don't know if it's the stress of the last few months or what but my memory is total shit now. I forget things ALL THE TIME. I was working with some lady to find volunteer work shortly after my dad had his heart attack and I still haven't contacted her to talk about what she's found for me and I forget EVERY SINGLE DAY. Literally. Every single day. I'll remember at night sometimes but that's it. She was also supposed to call me if she didn't hear from me within two weeks and hasn't but that's besides the point. My forgetfulness was pretty bad to begin with but it's somehow even worse now.
tl;dr: Since I last posted in July, my father has had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery and now my dog now has weird lumps that have me worried and I don't have the money to remove them. Also my memory has decreased in usefulness.
tl;dr of the tl;dr: Life sucks huge monkey balls.