RE: Lilly and Money

I didn’t answer the question because I don’t really have an answer yet. Assuming that we’re talking about next Monday, the figure could be $1,000 but will probably be more like the typical $500. It’s all a matter of when checks come in.


I think that you should come see Lilly so you can appreciate better what we’re dealing with. The lame leg is on the side opposite from the discernible arthritis so we have a mystery injury. If the radiologist also doesn’t see a bony cause, more imaging will be needed. A soft tissue injury, such as a tear, would require surgery, but have a good to excellent prognosis. Even Arthritis is normally manageable with meds.


We agree that the prognosis is what matters. Bear in mind, though, that I may have information you don’t. In Corby’s case, I never revealed that he was beginning to walk the Friday before the end. Unfortunately, GCVS was flooded by a tropical storm that weekend, and Corby somehow broke another vertebrae. That’s what dashed his recovery.


From: Lourez Bullock []
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 1:41 PM
To: ‘Scott Royall’
Subject: RE: Lilly and Money


Scott, I appreciate your comments and your understanding of the situation.  Sometimes emotions lead us to act in not the best way for our animal friends.


You didn’t answer my question about money – how much and when???


—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall []
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 12:18 PM
To: ‘Lourez Bullock’
Subject: RE: Lilly and Money






How can a prognosis be discussed before the diagnosis isn’t known yet? Of course it can’t be. You are probably fixating on the Arthritis, which is minor at this point. Corby had it most of his life. No, something else has crippled the other hind leg. It may be related, or not. The Arthritis is relatively cheap to treat so it’s a non-factor (Rimadyl, and possibly diet and monthly shots). Is that too much?


I am quite aware of what I can no longer afford. Yet, does that mean we need to put Lilly down right now? No, I know that wasn’t what you meant. My point is, the gist of your entire paragraph went through my mind long before we even took x-rays. Getting just a diagnosis is certain to be expensive. What’s our limit?



From: Lourez Bullock []
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 11:16 AM
To: ‘Scott Royall’
Subject: RE: Lilly and Money


So how much do you estimate you’ll need and when?  Remember, we have to request funds from our financial advisor, we don’t have cash on hand.  We just had him pull $$ to pay for this trip in August – a break we’re long overdue incidentally, in case you’re wondering.


Have you and your vet discussed Lilly’s prognosis- and how far you’re willing to go in treating her condition?  There are limits after all.  Look what we just went thru for Tripper – to no avail.  And Corby – were the heroic measures worth the additional pain and discomfort he endured?  I know Trip and Corb were extreme examples, probably neither had a chance but we owners tend to “go for broke” for beloved furry friends. I just think before radical measures are employed – with no guarantee of success – one needs to stop and think.  Isn’t it sometimes better to just make them comfortable and pain-free as long as possible?  Hopefully, Lilly’s situation isn’t dire yet.


—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall []
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:16 PM
To: ‘Lourez Bullock’
Subject: Lilly and Money


As you can imagine, Lilly’s problems and Chase’s stupidity are draining my meager funds. I have about $350 currently, and I still owe Ashford $225 just for the x-rays. There is no telling what’s coming next. There’s also little chance of getting two more MetLife checks before the 31st. Sometimes, things do get overwhelming.

No, I don’t really want to default on my Chase account, but they are bringing it on themselves. The only good thing about being so broke that the IRS backs away is that it also gives credit card pushers few choices.



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