Priorities - Wake-up Call

© Lenm
We all struggle with it: Priorities. Bills, work, hobbies, pets, children, spouses, family, friends, etc. What should I deal with first? What can go on the back burner? Sometimes we don't realize that our priorities are out of whack until we receive a wake-up call that feels like a bolt of lightning struck us in the chest.

Being unable to find employment since having been laid off last month, I have focused a majority of my time, thoughts, and energy into creating images and uploading here to DT. At the same time, I've been thinking about my aging cat and his arthritis, and how I don't have the money to take him to the vet. In my moment of wisdom (sense the sarcasm), I crushed an Aleve pill into his water to try to ease his pain. Well, it seems that he has had a toxic reaction to this NSAID. We had been advised to give this drug to our aging dogs in the past. I did not know that it could not be given to cats.

After a 2am visit to the emergency vet and several phone calls today, plus a prescription pickup, the overall prognosis seems optimistic. He only ingested a small dosage and his bloodwork looks okay.

Right now, my sweet kitty is lying on his favorite floor pillow behind me with the space heater directed toward him. He has been sleeping or laying around all day. Me? I feel like a horrible person. Because of my poor prioritizing by sticking my hobbies in front of my family (yes, pets are family), I have caused pain to a dearly loved furry friend who trusts me. He keeps looking up at me like he wants me to make it all go away. I wish I could.

For all of those who read this, please heed this lesson. Please do not let your passion for photography / illustrating grow into an obsession, causing you to lose sight of your real priorities.

These are some pictures I have online of my sweet kitty. He is about 17-years-old and a purebred Blue Point Siamese.

Photo credits: Chrisharvey, Karin Hildebrand Lau, Teresa Kenney, Lorelyn Medina.

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February 28, 2009


I have a chihuahua i love dearly. I'm on disability and try to use my stock photos to have a little more cash. When i'm uploading he begs for attention. I have to stop and play with him. I can feel for you over yoour mistake.

January 15, 2009


Don't be so hard on yourself. You didn't do anything wrong. 17 years of love and care can't be swept away or be forgotten! It is obvious you love him very much.

January 14, 2009


It seems we all have some of the same daily life as you, one thing I'm thankful of, is I survived our companies layoff and I can only imagine what you're going thru on the job market. Hopefully you'll find one soon. As for your cat wow that's really an EYE_OPENER for sure. I hope he's going to be okay. I'll take what you said here and get my priorities in order too. Thanks for such a great WAKE UP CALL!

January 13, 2009


Thank you all so much for your kind words! I received a call from the vet this morning. They did find blood from the ulcers, but he is recovering well. They are very optimistic for him. He is at the front of his cage, talking to everyone in the office! His temperature was really low when we took him in, but it is starting to get back up to normal now. They are going to try to feed him solid food around 3pm (he has been on IV all night). They believe that I'll be able to bring him home tonight!!

January 13, 2009


Hope he gets better soon! He is a very handsome kitty cat. It looks like he is a good model for you! Our Australian Shepherd is now 13 and is having trouble with his back legs - yes, pets are family.

January 13, 2009


How right you are. Me too regret for some days and weeks when my passion or my grief used to make me blind to what matters real - my family members. It's like you expressed my own thoughts in this article. Thoughts must be flying in the air as someone said.
I wish your kitty to recover soon. Mine is 14 years old and when his artritis becomes too bad my mother treats him herself, because we've no money for vet at all. She is a medic but not a vet, so every time our cat is ill she's very afraid to do something wrong.
And - yes, pets are family...

January 12, 2009


Even I had made new year resolution this year to concentrate on health, but I'm unable to keep that up due to work pressure. Thanks for the wake up call, we should really think about this.

January 12, 2009


Thank you. And just to add to this, we got back from the emergency vet again about 2 hours ago. Poor little guy is dehydrated now, and they found stomach ulcers this time. They're keeping him overnight, and probably most of tomorrow. From now on, no matter what the outcome of this situation, I am taking more time for my health, my family, and my household. My health, my relationship with my family, and my pets should not suffer because of work. I guess that's just one of those life lessons learned the hard way..

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