St George, South Carolina
We were tired yesterday, and the plan was to hang out at home, remove the love bugs from the front of the motor home, maybe take a nap and watch a movie.
Those plans changed when we noticed our kitty Chattanooga (Chatty) was straining in the kitty pan, unable to urinate. This is a fairly common thing with male cats. They get little crystals that prevent them from urinating. I felt his bladder and it was about the size of a walnut. We’ve been through this before, so it was an easy diagnosis for me.
We got a recommendation for a local Veterinarian and off we went. When we got to the building, I knew we were in trouble. It was a new building with a staff of veterinarians. Yup, this was going to be expensive.
The doctor agreed with my diagnosis. She needed to keep him there a night or two to clean out the crystals and get him flowing again. He has a catheter inserted….poor baby.
She gave us an estimate of roughly $600. We almost had heart failure. We’ve been down this road before, spent a ton of money and didn’t have successful results. I know how it starts….$600 here $600 there and before you know it you have a $6000 bill and no cat.
One of Al’s friends is a veterinarian. He told Al that nowadays in Vet school, they teach them how to make money. This is exactly what they teach in law school too….how to maximize their billable hours. They tell the young vet students to treat the pets of the people who have money, and don’t worry about the ones who don’t. What happened to young people who want to be a veterinarian because they loved animals. Al has several customers who are veterinarians, and let me tell you…..they make serious money!
We left him there. We really had no choice. He was pretty uncomfortable and it was only going to get worse overnight. We’re wondering if the stress from the past week brought this on. He travels in his kitty cage when we’re driving the motor home. He spent several days in there where he was unable to get out to urinate. We try to let them out a little while when we stop, but we may not have let him out often enough, and he may not have gone when he got out. We won’t make that mistake again. Everybody gets more pee breaks! Of course we normally don’t travel like we have the past week.
We got some pretty hard rain yesterday, all associated with Tropical Storm Isaac. So far we’ve not experienced any strong winds or thunderstorms. It looks like the next 3-4 days will be rainy. That’s not the best weather for exploring Charleston.
The plan for today is to try to get a part to change the height of our new Blue Ox Tow bar. We’re not happy with the height of it. It looks good when you’re on level surfaces and the coach is fully aired up. It’s supposed to be as level as possible, but you can go up to 4 inches, as long the motorhome is higher than the towed vehicle. It’s a no-no for the coach to be lower than the toad. Before we take off, I always watch to make sure the toad is rolling properly, and I didn’t like how it looked when Al applied the brakes. When the coach is fully aired up it sits slightly higher than the toad. When he brakes a time or two, it’s slightly lower. Diesel motorhomes have an air ride and braking system. When you park, you let the air out and the motorhome sits low to the ground. When you run the engine, it airs up until the motorhome reaches drive height. Every time you brake, you lose a little air.
We bought a 4 inch drop hitch and that is what we’ve been traveling with. We have about decided that we don’t need any drop at all. We do need some sort of extension because the receiver on the motorhome is 4-5 inches in (underneath the motorhome). The toad would be too close to the back of the motor home if we didn’t get an extension. So, that’s what we’re going to do today.
I don’t think we’ll be doing anything fun today!
Oh….we met an interesting couple. They were parked next to us the other night. As a severely “directionally challenged” person, I greatly admire people who can help me find my way around. Their son invented MapQuest! That was one of the first programs I ever used to help me find my way. I especially liked the fact that you could get it to reverse it and tell you how to get back home!!