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    Acronyms: Where's the COW?

    We use several acronyms in vet medicine: PITA has already been discussed DIC Death is coming or dead in cage SDBD Small dog vs big dog HBC Hit by car TBT Trashed by truck or trailer SOD Stupid owner disease SNOP Should not own a pet Call Dr. Deere Large animal has died in the barn. Get the tractor to remove body from barn ADW Ain't doing well FOS Full of the other word for feces Fuzzy Oh and COW is a female bovine
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    "When Was the Last Time I Wow'ed a Patient?"

    I "WOW" my patients all the time. They just want a scratch behind their ears, a little walk, maybe a bit of soft food if the doc okays it. The clients on the other hand can be royal pains. Now we are expected to "baby sit" out of control children. Sorry I did not hire on as a baby sitter. Actually I most likely would get paid more if I were a baby sitter. Yes I'm on a rant fest. Fuzzy
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    The Stranger Within: One Year Later

    I've been fighting demons for most of my life. They were given a name when I was 35. I like the thought of "normalizing" but as a realist I know that I'll never be normal in the eyes of most people. However I can and do lead a normal life in spite of what others say. I would love to wear a T-shirt that says "I survived bipolar" just as many cancer survivors do. While cancer and bipolar are different, the emotional devastation that both cause for that individual and family are quite similar. Yet we hide our illness and the struggles that we go through on a daily basis from our friends, relatives, employers, neighbors, and in many respects each other. Your articles are bringing your struggles and ours to light Viva. We are not abnormal...we just see and do things differently. Fuzzy
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    The Stigma of Mental Illness and Suicide

    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 35. Two months later I was involuntarily committed to the state hospital with that diagnosis. These were not happy times for me but they were very educational. I learned that there were people who were better off then I and those who were worse off. We were all in the same place and we were forced to live and respect each other in a small space. If we could not get along the consequences were not very nice. (Too bad we cannot force Congrees to do this) It seemed like there was no rational treatment for this disease. The medications that worked had some really major side effects that made living normally nearly impossible. There is no wonder why many people go on disability. Some of these medications made your brain so foggy that you couldn't drive safely let along work. Then there were those that gave you the same side effects but didn't work at all. I felt like a lab rat. Of course, when hospitalized you do have the right to refuse treatment but they also have the right to hold you longer for refusing treament. Unlike diabetes, a fractured leg, cancer, or other disease, I had very little say in my treatment except that I had the right to refuse. Refusing meant a big loss of freedom. Since I also was involuntarily committed, I also lost my second ammendment rights. As an avid hunter, this hurt me deeply. Again I've never heard of a diabetic that was not allow to own a gun unless he was a felon. It is no wonder that many people do not seek treatment in this area because of that fear alone. Unlike other hospital stays, when I returned home and to work (thank goodness I still had my job), I was treated the elephant in the room. People knew I was there but they were afraid to acknowledge my presence. Finally I told them to think of this as me getting back from a "wonderful" vacation and that lightened the mood to where I was treated somewhat "normally". When I went into the hospital for gall bladder surgery, I was greeted with open arms and celebration upon my hospital release. Until the stigma is lifted, we will always be treated like second class citizens. The only way that the stigma will be lifted is that we start coming out of the closet. We should not allow ourselves to be hidden. We are bright intelligent professionals. Just like there are professionals that are diabetic and survive cancer. We too can over come our adversities and be successful and be (insert diagnosis here). Fuzzy
  5. >>>When you are a 25 yr old non smoker, whether you're male or female you can find health insurance coverage for even less than the cost of cable and internet. Not if you have a pre-existing condition. Been there tried that at 25. I'm now 51 and have insurance for the first time. Fuzzy
  6. The thing of it is, the dead beats area already covered. They know how to work the system. Unfortunately there are generations of them. People in low paying jobs cannot afford insurance and their employers do not even provide it. Ask the person at the convenience store; dog groomer; housekeeper; motel maid; waiter/waitress; etc. if they have health insurance. I can tell you that most will tell you no. Yet this people add a valuable service to the commuinty. Plus keep in mind that they want to work. Think about it, they could easily become one of the deat beats. All they would have to do is stop working and claim that they cannot be employed. Sadly some of them would probably bring home a larger "paycheck" if they weren't working. Fuzzy
  7. All I know is that now I can afford health insurance. I'm now insurable in spite of having a pre-existing condition that I happened to be born with. I was on disability for several years due to that pre-existing condition. I worked very hard to get back into the work force even tho that meant losing medicare. I did go bankrupt once because I couldn't afford the medical bills. Now I'm insured. We'll see how long... Fuzzy I would like to add that for most of my working life, my tax dollars have paid to other people's health insurance in the form of medicare, medicaid, etc. Yet I could not qualify for any of these programs because I chose to work for a living.
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    It's Literally Only a Couple of Extra Minutes in Your Day

    Animals do make our lives whole. I work on the vet side of medicine. The animals are my patients...it's the owners that I nurse. These are the people who are very concerned about the well being, comfort and care of their animal family member. Many owners see the animal in the same light as a child. So I take that extra few minutes to comfort the owner. The animals are easy. The owners are harder. Fuzzy, Thanks for giving smokey a loving home.
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    Out, Out, Damned Spot!

    I worked in a veterinary hospital once that was carpeted. No matter what we did it smelled like tom cat urine. Need I say more? I was so happy when the new owners tore in out and replaced it with a nice tile floor. Fuzzy
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    If you love your job, what is your speciality?

    Veterinary medicine!!! Been doing this for 25 years. I love that I can make a difference in a person's life by treating and working with their animals. Every day is a new surprise. I get to do so many different things on a daily basis. My bosses and co-workers are great to work with, which makes things even better. Before this, I considered human nursing. However working as a CNA taught me that we are more humane to our animals then we are to each other. Fuzzy
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    A Pre-nursing Student who believes...

    One of my classmates in vet tech school didn't like cats. He thought that they were evil and refused to work with them. One of the small animal instructors took him aside one day when he refused to take a cat from a cage. She told him that when he got out of school he could choose a job where he did not have to work with felines. There are many large animal medicine jobs out there. But until then he will work with cats in this program. He will also attend to their needs and treat them with kindness. And he would do it with a smile on his face or he would be gone. He managed to get through the program. He now has a good job in equine medicine with no cats to be found. Sounds like this student needs the same type of pep talk. Fuzzy
  12. The key word here is "just". You don't "just" want to be the janitor however I don't believe that frees anyone from keeping their working environment clean and healthy. I've seen the doctors in the vet practice clean cages and animals because it needed to be done at the time. I've also seen them run a mop and a washing machine. In vet practices, the letters behind your name doesn't get you out of the scut work. Oh yes, I've tweaked my back a time or two. Mostly caused from picking up an animal that didn't think is was a good idea and there was a struggle. One of these was from a 5# cat. It doesn't sound like much however when a cat is upset and fully armed it can really kick your rear end. Fuzzy
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    please help! quick baker act question.

    I can tell you from experience if you aren't suicidal/homicidal when you leave you can get that way quickly when those bills start coming in. A person can incur several thousand dollars in bills for a three plus day forced stay. This is one place where a person loses her right to choose but is expected to pay for it once it's over. There has got ot be a better way to do this... Fuzzy
  14. All I can say is WOW. I work in vet med. Essentually I'm the dental hygenist, rad tech, lab tech, anesthetist, surgical assistant, pack wrapper, "nurse" janitor, receptionist, cage/kennel/stall cleaner, etc. Basically I do everything except diagnose, prescribe treatments/medications or surgery. Yes I has a BS in veterinary technology as well as advanced training and I still clean. We don't have housekeeping staff. The staff and the doctors do all the housekeeping at our hospital. This means everything from cleaning and sanatitizing cages; cleaning the surgery; putting packs back together and sterilizing; maintaining and cleaning equipment; laundry; dump trash; clean trash cans; grounds keep; etc. We take bags and buckets of trash out to the dumpster. Since our patients don't use the toliet, these bags and buckets are full of more then just paper waste. A five gallon bucket of horse manure can easily weigh 50#. I'm just shaking my head. Fuzzy, CVT Sorry my spelling is off, I guess I just lifted one too many buckets of horse manure today.
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    What does your username mean?

    I'm a veterinary technician. Not only am I covered in hair all the time, I'm "Fuzzy" in other areas also. Like when the client was picking the nipples off of her male dogs thinking that they were ticks. Fuzzy