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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 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.

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