Stepdad's Thoughts

My thought and feelings.

Bear – update 4

Bear spent the day at a specialists office to have an endoscopy performed in hopes of finding the reason he is not keeping food down. Everything looked fine was the report from the vet, so we are still in the dark as to what is going on. It’s been about an hour since we fed him a small portion of rice and chicken (minced) with chicken broth. Our hopes are he will keep it down. The medicine he was taking has been changed, thinking that may have been the cause.

A bird mocking bird just made a squawking sound and that sure perked him up. He was ready to get what ever it was.

His energy level really hasn’t been impacted too hard… that’s not true. His energy level is high for a short period then he has to rest a bit then it is back. After not really eating for 2+ days it is quite remarkable to me.

He is a tough guy and I sure hope he mends soon so we can get back to our nightly walks and all his other activities, seeing like this is really tough. I want him to get back to his normal self.

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April 22, 2010 Posted by | Concerns, General | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bucket

The short list of issues, concerns, stress points, etc. that are being handled right now.

  • Bear
    • Bear our family pet is having a number of medical problems starting with his left eye that was knocked out by a larger dog. The things we have had to do to try to save his eye have placed a lot of stress on my wife and I. Stress from the VERY regular medical needs, pills, eye drops, vet visits, etc… And to compound things he is now unable to keep food down. He is begging for food but with throw up the food shortly after eating. We are at our wits end as to what to do. He is now in the hands of a specialist to try to find the cause of this.
  • Home
    • Home is the usual… kids not doing the things we need them to do. Arguing when told to do something. Not telling us of the things they need until they are late. As I’ve said before disrespect toward their mother. The list goes on and on and on….
  • Work
    • Time tables to complete tasks are getting tight. I have had to stay home numerous days, as has my wife, to care for Bear. This has created its own problems.
  • Car
    • My step daughter’s car, a new problem, is a money pit and we now will need to cut our losses and replace it.
  • College
    • Where is the money coming from to pay the first year tuition? I can’t even begin to consider years 2, 3 and 4. Yes, 4 years… after four we pay no more.
  • The list continues…

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Concerns, General, Kids, Parenting | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Used Car

It looks like I’ll be purchasing a ‘New used Car’ for my stepdaughter. In July 2009 we found a used 2001 Hyundai Sonata for $2300 that we purchased for her. It unfortunately has turned into a money pit… I am by no means a car buff and will not pretend to be one. I did have the car checked out by the shop we use and nothing major was found to be a problem.

Now the alternator and A/C compressor have gone and it will cost just about the price of the car to get it fixed.

Time to cut our loses and find something better, more mechanically reliable. Now to figure out what that is. I refuse, as does my wife, to buy her a new car. I am actually thinking about having her, stepdaughter, make payments on the new used car.

Just one more thing to add the stress bucket and cost bucket of the last two weeks.

The bucket: Bear, work, Home, car…

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Concerns, General, Kids, Parenting | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment