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Vet Tech

Seasonal Blahs

August 23, 2006

I really hate this time of year. Feelings. Pfft. Fucking hate those things sometimes. They can be such a bummer. Does everyone else have an entire month that just drudges up all sorts of crappy memories? Or is it just me?

I guess if I’m alone in this, I can always resort to painting sad clown pictures and writing bad, emo poetry. Eh, at least I head back to school tomorrow. I’ll be nice to bury myself in my studies again and keep working towards my veterinary technician degree and consequently my vet tech registration in the state of California.

:-/ :w00t: and stuff.

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School. Feh.

August 2, 2006

I got both the classes I wanted. Anatomy of Domestic Animals and Animal Science. w00t and all that.

I should be more excited or something. Yet, I’m not sure exactly what I’m feeling towards the prospect of returning to school. I do know I am dreading taking Anatomy again. I dropped the class right after I knew I would be going to Louisiana for my first pet rescue trip last year. I would have failed the class if I had stayed in it, as it requires massive amounts of out-of-class time, so it went bye-bye.

I wish I could just skip the damn class. I am practically making myself sick with the prospect that I might have to dissect a cat. Scratch that.. will have to dissect a cat. Yes, yes, I know. I love science, and I know it’s part of the scientific learning process. Blah, blah, blah. I still don’t want to do it!

I saw stuff down in Louisiana. Dead stuff, dying stuff, stuff I still have nightmares about. I’m not looking for pity. I chose to do it and mostly knew what I was getting into, but that was different. It was tragedy. It was accidental death.

This.. this is… useless butchery. I could see full-on veterinary students having to do this, but vet techs aren’t legally allowed to practice surgery. So, what’s the fucking point? :frustrated:

Man, I hate it when I get in these funks. Sorry for the downer post. Maybe a quick trip to Wild Oats for some fresh watermelon will perk me up. :yum:

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Back to School

August 1, 2006

Tonight I am registering for my Fall semester classes. It seems like it’s been forever since I was in school. Come to think of it, by the time I head back, it’ll have been nine months!

Right smack in the middle of Fall ’05 semester, Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Like everyone else, I never thought it was as bad as it really was. I continued going to classes and sent a few charities some money.

Then my birthday came in mid-September and I couldn’t celebrate it. There is more to that story than just the hurricane, but the horror we were all seeing on television added to the depression I usually feel around my birthday. The more I thought about it, the stronger I was being pulled towards New Orleans. It wasn’t until another month had past until I decided that I just had to be there to help with animal rescue.

I did help and ultimately made three trips over there, from when I first flew over on November 1 ’05 to when I returned home the day before Mardi Gras on February 28 ’06. I lived in Louisiana a total of 85 days. During that time I came to really see my tent as home. 😉

Anyway, it’ll be nice to get back into my studies again. I haven’t spoken with my teachers since I returned, so hopefully they don’t think I dropped out. My wish is that this semester will be completely uneventful and the only "disaster" I’ll have to worry about is getting a bad grade on my final.

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And now for something completely different..

January 30, 2006

Okay, so I guess the one-post-per-day idea was a little overzealous. I so rarely have any time to do anything of a personal nature here, it seems. I made it a priority to write tonight, as it was such an eventful day!

We have a calico cat that just had her kittens today. She had a total of seven little furry bundles of cuteness. I was watching her all day to make sure nothing went wrong with the birth. She was great and all kittens look healthy and well. I checked in on her a few hours ago and noticed that four of the kittens were all lumped together. I reached into the birthing box and realised that the placenta was still wrapped around two kittens and three of them still had their umbilical cords attached! Thankfully, Dr. Jackson, the main DVM we work with from Southern Animal Foundation (the vet office we use for all our animals here at Celebration Station), was still here from her nightly visit. We caught her as she was walking out the door and I assisted her in tying off the umbilical cords and cleaning them up. It was really amazing and something I was grateful to be here for.

We also have a minor epidemic of URI in the cat area here, so I’m almost up to 30 cats that I med in the AM and PM. Yikes! Our volunteers (Alice, Cathy, Sheryl and Sharon) are so great about letting me know of any cats that they are worried about and make sure that I take a look at them. Tonight, Alice let me know of a tabby that has been really depressed and not really eating very well. I checked him out and noticed that he was dehydrated. So, with Mike assisting, we gave him Sub-Q fluids to help rehydrate him a bit, as well as helping him feel better. He will be going to the vet in the morning, but in the meantime, he will feel better tonight.

On a different note, I’ve had friends emailing me about photos that I’ve taken over my stay here. Since I don’t really have time to reply to all of them, I’d like to let everyone know that I probably won’t be able to post most of the hundreds of photos I’ve taken until I arrive home. I apologize and can try to start to upload a few from my earlier time here, but I can’t promise to. Thank you for understanding. 🙂

Okay, I’m off to bed! :sleepy:

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