Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This morning I saw this headline: "Family Lived With Decaying 90 Year Old Corpse for Months." The headline might be a little misleading - the corpse of 90-year-old Magdeline Avila Middlesworth was found 2 months after the woman had died. Authorities had responded to a call from Middlesworth's sister who had not heard from her in awhile and asked them to check up on her. Middlesworth was from Monroe, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Friends say she was lured from Washington to Wisconsin by what they referred to as a "cult." When the authorities showed up to the home she had been staying at in Wisconsin, they discovered the remains of Middlesworth piled up on top of the only toilet in the house. One of the three people who lived there admitted she had died two months previous, but that someone higher up in their "organization" had told them if they prayed hard enough, Middlesworth would come back to life. I'm not sure if I'm more put off by the family (which included children) to have left a corpse in their home for two months, or the fact that it was on the ONLY TOILET IN THE HOUSE.

Wally went to his regular vet again today, who determined that they really had no idea what was causing his eye problem. They suggested several things they thought it might be, but then told me why they didn't think that was the problem, based on his thorough examination. I walked away with a prescription for antibiotics in case it is an abscess in one of his teeth that they couldn't find during examination, that might be causing irritation of that eye. That was $130. I think the weekly Wally total is about $296. The vet said he should see an eye specialist, which I actually already had an appointment scheduled with. The cost for a consultation? $220. Wally is turning into a very expensive boy! He's lucky he's so damn cute, as evidenced by this photo of him throwing a fit in my office because I wasn't paying attention to him.


Blogger Auburn Kat said...

What a cute picture! Hope you figure out what is wrong with the poor guy!

5:34 PM  
Blogger Kings Fan said...

How do you not do everything you can for a dog with that kind of personality?

5:41 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

Kat - Thanks! Me, too!

Kings Fan - That's the thing - I think the little guy is going to put me in the poor house!

6:49 PM  
Blogger dnetrunner said...

At least his eye problem is not affecting his personality, he still seems as spunky as ever. Hope you can get some answers from the eye doc.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

He's so cute! Hey, my mom took her cat to an eye specialist . . .

BTW - Hanna has had an upper molar pulled on each side that became abscessed . . .

10:50 PM  
Blogger LA said...

It sure doesn't look like his eye is causing him any pain. Keep us posted on all news Wally.

As for the cult story... EW!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Kelly J. Compeau said...

Poor thing. I just hope Wally isn't in any pain.

I remember soon after I got the Gemini twins (bunny sisters) home from the Humane Society, the older/bigger of the two came down with a mysterious respiratory affliction, gasping and wheezing. Six months and $3,000 later (!!!) the doctors and specialists still had no clue what was wrong with her. She still gets bouts of it from time to time but I've learned to just ignore it and it goes away on its own -- without the insanely expensive medication I was ordered to give her when she first came down with...whatever it is.

Seriously, $3,000 in medical expenses for a rabbit the size of my shoe that only cost $25 to adopt in the first place? Man, I must LOVE my pets!

10:36 AM  

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