Here is the story of my day. I went to work (middle school, language arts), the day went by quickly and all my classes were good and I came home looking forward to eating some left over brisket. (Seriously that's what I was thinking about on the way home).
So I arrived home and as I walked up the stairs Nala was meowing. She does this sometimes. Usually when we open the door she runs out on to the landing and looks around before we pick her up and bring her inside. Today I open the door and she steps out as I step in. I leave the door open as I take a few steps in take off my shoes. As I am putting the my weight all on one foot to remove the first show I look back and realize she's not on the landing while simultaneously hearing the most awful and pathetic screech ever. She was under the heel of my shoe!
Oh my God. So she limps away and then picks up her right front paw and just holds it awkwardly up in the air. (We have tripped over her before but I have never heard the sound that she made and she has never limped!) Already I am freaking out. I pick her up and carry her to the bed where she just lays with her paw in what I'm imagining to be a horrible position. Now close to tears, I decide that she needs to go the vet asap. Over the next 30 minutes the following unfolds…
She refuses to get in her carrier so I wrap her in a blanket and take her to the vet a few blocks away. They tell me x-rays are expensive but they'll just check her out.
Good news: her foot is not broken, probably just sore and she is now walking fine. Bad news: she has a bacterial yeast infection in her ears (who knew?!) and she has a rash on her stomach that needs treating. Seriously?!
On top of the two shots she received at the office I return home from the vet with a small cat pharmacy including ear drops, ear cleaning solution, 3 syringes with anti-inflammatory medicine, 5 antibiotic pills, topical spray for the rash and a one time dosage of flee and heart worm treatment. (All for the cost of my weekly paycheck). But while it was horrible to have stepped on her (and I think she may hate me now) it was really good that we discovered the other issues!
Lessons learned from said experience:
1. NEVER assume that Nala has run out to the landing and check before removing your shoes.
2. NEVER have children. I can not properly care for a kitten.
I know I said I would only talk about Nala on Sundays… I thought this merited a post though. :)