The temperatures are still in the 90's and I am looking longingly at my sweatshirts. The forecast has been saying 80's for next week but when next week gets here, it changes to 90's. As far as I can remember, the weather is always chilly for Halloween and all of the princesses and thinly clothed ghouls must shiver while hunting down their candy. My other reason for wanting the weather to change is my tired wardrobe. Either I pull out the long-sleeved shirts or I buy something new. I'd rather not spend money on clothes besides something from the thrift store now and then.
So, my veterinarian just called and offered to do Jimmy-dog's pheochromocytoma tumor removal surgery for $3,000-$3,500. The estimate from the specialist was $5,000-$7,000. The reason she recommended going with a specialist initially was because she was worried that the adrenal tumor had latched on to the vena cava. Since the ultrasound showed that it had not grown that big yet, my vet is willing to try the surgery. She has never done this surgery specifically, but she has removed other tumors. I had decided not to do the surgery because it seemed too risky and I didn't want to pay $7,000 with only a dead dog to show for it. But now that my vet is all excited about doing it, I'm considering it again. It would leave only $1,000 in my emergency fund but it wouldn't take that long for the fund to recover as long as there weren't more costly emergencies in my immediate future. I was planning to use that $3,000 next year to speed up my mortgage repayment plan if nothing important came up. I think something Important came up. It seems like I should do it so that he will feel better. I don't really know how he feels except that he drinks a lot of water and has to pee a lot. I'm hoping that it will fix his bloating issue, help him lose weight, and reduce the strain on his back. I think I've talked myself in to it, at this point. Surgery would be November 8th. I'm already a nervous wreck.