My family has been in a precarious situation for a good while now. My brother has a double eating disorder and spends over $1000 of the family's money on food every month. This is food that my mother and I hardly ever get to touch because within days it's all gone (probably down the toilet in more ways than one). He's been in the hospital, but we just can't put him back because the specialized eating disorder ward costs $1000 a day. That wouldn't help any situation. Thankfully, my mother recently had the mind to create a new bank account specifically for our pet sitting business. This is money that my brother cannot touch. Only problem there is we need more clients. Fast. I have three other jobs in addition to running the business (farm work cuts $200 off of Reno's board/training, receptionist is $25 under the table a week, and the third is a seasonal job ending on December 19th). I'm constantly searching for new part-time jobs to take old jobs' places. That said, my BO wouldn't allow me to have to give Reno up. She's too nice and helpful for that.
The biggest issue here is that we currently only have $3000 in our bank account. That will get us six more weeks in our current townhouse with rent, bills, and food (hopefully). Of course last night after slaving away all day to make Thanksgiving dinner, I let our cats inside and my mother notices there's something wrong with my boy Makaio. His eye...She debated going to the emergency vet and I told her we should just go cause you don't screw around with possible eye injuries. I'm glad we went (completely forsaking dinner at that point). Turns out he had gotten into a fight with a neighborhood cat (or our other kitty) and had lacerated straight through his eyeball. The good thing was that it plugged itself up and it wasn't in his field of vision. The bad thing was it was impossible to tell if it would "blow out" without any surgery. The surgery...$3000 (weekend emergency).
Sometimes I'm glad we have connections. The vet who looked at Miki turned out to be one of the parents from our local Tae-Kwon-Do studio who I used to babysit for before I graduated from high school (like...three years ago). She basically told us they'd make it so he "fell on the needle" to get fluids to lower his temperature and we didn't have to pay for that. The injury looked well enough that we were sent home with an oral antibiotic, two antibiotic eye drops, and a blood serum eye drop...all for maybe $160. That makes me happy. We're keeping him inside and I have a white board in the dining room so EVERYBODY can see the ridiculous medication schedule for my baby (just in case some of us aren't home to do it). We're crossing our fingers and hoping that the topical medications work (along with warm compresses to stimulate blood vessel growth). If he gets worse by or after Monday and needs surgery, it'll be $2000 and I really don't want to have to do that, considering. If we can keep him inside and stick to the schedule, I think he'll pull through without the surgery.