It was a sucky, sucky day in the ER. I euthanized 6 patients. It's not a record, which is sad.
The recession was recently declared "over." I am not seeing the effects of this in our clinic. Quite the opposite seemed to be true today. Granted, I work in a very small, very poor mill town in central NC. Many people didn't have money BEFORE the recession, and now with lay-offs and unemployment on the rise, the situation is even worse. It's a very frustrating and sad position to be in.
On the one hand, it breaks my heart to have to euthanize a 3 month old puppy for a badly, badly fractured leg. His very young parents (a married couple of 19 and 20, respectively) could barely cover the cost of coming into the ER (although I did note that the girl has a nicer smart phone than I do...). I want to help them. I want to help the dog. I want to not have to worry about the cost of the health care I'm offering their dog.
On the other hand, I look at the lack of responsibility running rampant in our country, and I am ashamed and angered. This girl had an iPhone, sleek and new. I know that the contracts on those phones run $100-250/month depending on the service. I know the phone itself runs about $200 (as I just opted to buy a smart phone recently - though I ended up with a Droid X).
That money could have been spent on a cheap cell phone and the rest put away in savings. Yet, this 20 year old is already in so much debt from making bad financial decisions that she couldn't qualify for a CareCredit card. I want to help them, but I want them to help themselves as well and take responsibility. Don't leave your young puppy outside, unsupervised. It's a simple as that. Put money aside in savings for emergencies - not just pet, but any emergency. Don't buy stuff you can't afford. Certainly don't buy stuff you can't afford with credit cards.
What is wrong with this country? Since when did owning every single gadget and fad and having everything become so important that people were willing to throw away credit for it? It is rare that I meet someone that has real savings or a plan for what happens if they need a large sum of money quickly for an emergency. Along with that, people have an enormous sense of entitlement - it's MY right to have free health care for my pets, it's my right to have everything. Our government is doing nothing to discourage this mentality either. Taking from the taxpayers more and more, spending recklessly and shadily - money going who knows where? I plan on abstaining from voting come November because ALL of the politicians are the same - Democrats, Republicans, it doesn't matter. All pay lip service to one ideal or another. What they really want is to be in power and to stay in power. Nothing else really matters.
Our government was supposed to be by the people and for the people. Now it's by the people, for the government. And what real option do we have? I'm always told that we are to blame for electing these people. What choice do we have? You can only run for president if you're independently wealthy (read: millionaire) - otherwise, your chances of a serious campaign are nil. All politicians are the same, and I think we could do without them.
Is it any wonder are country is in this mess? We elect politicians that throw our tax money away. We live in unparalleled wealth that the people in my generation never had to earn in any way, and thus value it significantly less than they should. We've never earned the wealth we have, it was earned for us by our forefathers -by those who fought in World War I and WWII. And now, this luxury is commonplace. We all expect to have 2 TVs and 2 cars and own a house by the time we're 22. It's our GOSH-DARNED RIGHT!!!!
Meanwhile, I have to keep euthanizing animals that could be saved with a minimum of effort and care...
Ok, wow. That wasn't supposed to be rant. But there it is.
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