Jul. 30th, 2017


Jul. 30th, 2017 06:28 pm
ysobel: A man wielding a kitchen knife and making an adorable yelling face (rage)
Okay, so. My aide M is living with a couple of friends of hers, T and J. They are both on the older side. J has health problems that I don't know the details of, but that include a recent heart attack
And also a recent "we might have to amputate your legs" something for which she is still in the hospital.

M sent me kitten pictures earlier this week. Then one of her other clients went out of town and she went with him. Tonight's shifts are the first time I've seen them.

She mentioned how she hadn't had time to check on the kitten, or see how the weekend went, because T, who doesn't really like cats, was catsitting for her.

I got the chance to ask what was up with the kitten.

"Oh, I got it for J! It'll be therapy for when she gets out of the hospital!"

Uh, does she want a cat?

"Oh she loves cats!"

...but does she want to OWN a cat?

"Well I don't know, hahaha, but I couldn't just abandon it! I spent like $140 on the vet, having it checked up, and they did tests. It had pinkeye when I found it but I got antibiotics and it's looking so much better! I mean it's a ten day treatment and this is only like day three, but I'm sure it'll be fine, and I couldn't leave him with just ANYONE, right?"

...I want to scream.

This is basically M wanting a cat, and she's very soft-hearted and wouldn't be able to just leave it to die, but


It's not a good idea, when you're living paycheck to paycheck, do sink a bunch of money into medical care for a stray cat. That sounds heartless but this is someone that has been unable to come to work once or twice because of not having gas money; who gets irrational and paranoid when hypoglycemic but doesn't always have money for food; who doesn't take care of her OWN medical issues.

It's not a good idea to take someone that's doing you a favor (she has place to stay in exchange for helping them out) and make them care for an animal they don't like, including giving eye medicine for a contagious illness.

It's not a good idea to foist a pet on a disabled person; it's one thing for a disabled person to own pets, as I do, but this is NOT J's choice, and even if she wanted a cat it's stupid to not let her choose one for herself

It's fucking unfair to the cat -- medical care is good, yes, but this whole situation REEKS of badness

It's fucking unfair to the people around her

*what the fuck is M even thinking* oh right she's not

ysobel: (me)
I posted https://ysobel.dreamwidth.org/538921.html about a kid with my medical condition who was in the hospital and needed prayers. (Personally I don't believe that prayers will fix everything -- it is not a vending machine, where you insert prayer and collect pony / get healed / etc -- but I like to believe that putting positive energy into the universe certainly can't hurt, and ... I'm babbling, right.)

I just checked her mom's Facebook page after a few days of forgetting, and the current situation is that her left lung has collapsed *and* she has raging pneumonia.

There are good things: she has a trach, added like a week or so ago, which means her medical team has better access to her airway; she *has* a good medical team; and her right lung is extremely kick-ass. (I guess having a fused rib cage means the lungs tend to get better about working in the space they have, or something?)

But she's only fucking 11 years old (I think her birthday's this month) and she's *tiny* and skinny and has no reserves to lean on. Her co2 numbers have been high, and vitals all over the place. I'm scared for her, and for her family, and in a weird way for myself. (Pneumonia is one of the two main killers of FOP people. Falling is the other. I don't walk or stand, so falling is less likely to happen, but pneumonia is still something I could get. I try hard not to, but,)

If you are so inclined, please send prayers or healing vibes Erin's way, or light a candle for her, or whatever positive-energy ritual you have. 💜💜💜


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