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Originally posted by pixiebelle at Project Save Annabelle (otherwise known as I need help)
The Story

On Sunday May 20th, I woke up and realized that my Great Dane, Annabelle, hadn't come in for her morning kisses like usual. As soon as my boyfriend and I start talking, we're usually joined by my giant dog with tail wagging and kisses to the face as she climbs in bed with us to snuggle for a few hours.

I went to check on her and she was on the floor, which is odd since she's a comfort creature who usually prefers the couch. I went up to her and barely got a response. I called Kevin in and normally she can't contain herself with excitement when he enters the room.

Nothing. Her eyes could barely even stay open and she looked uninterested in everything.

We got her to stand up and realized she was not putting her right foot down at all. We tried walking her; she couldn't walk. So we ran her to the emergency vet (since it was a Sunday). My boyfriend had to carry her because she couldn't walk.

The day before she was her normal goofy self. Playing ball at the dog park, and even rough housing with a new Great Dane puppy. She came home and was fine that night. It all happened between when we went to bed and when we woke up.

At the emergency vet, her fever was 104.7. She was a very sick dog. They kept her all day on Sunday until her fever went down. He said her paw looked to be injured but that it likely caused an infection (she had elevated red blood cells). He sent her home with an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory medicine for the injured paw. Original bill was $900 which I didn't have. I burst into tears because she is my baby and the wonderful vet lowered it to $600.

Sunday night my boyfriend and I slept in the living room because she couldn't move and I didn't want her being too far from me. He slept on the floor and neither of us got much sleep.

I took Monday off and luckily I did because her paw did not stop gushing blood. I had never seen so much blood just gushing without stopping. Obviously, I couldn't let it continue so I took her to my regular vet. She thought it was foxtail that had weaved it's way into the paw, we scheduled Annabelle for surgery the next day and all should have been well.

This was how swollen her paw was before the bleeding even started. It has only gotten worse from here.

However, things turned ugly the next day. When they opened the bandage up, they found that the whole on her paw had grown to twice the original size and her flesh was rotting around it. The vet called and said she felt it was either a brown recluse bite or flesh-eating bacteria (such as MRSA).

I took her in for a second opinion with the emergency vet who saw her on Sunday and he said her tissue was liquefying. It was one of the worst cases he'd seen in a very long time. He was leaning more toward flesh-eating bacteria, but said a brown recluse bite could still be possible. He did say that with aggressive veterinary treatment, she would survive. She might lose part of her foot, but that she would be fine if we did everything the vet is asking of us.

Sadly, we still don't know what we are dealing with.

We just know that her skin and tissue is rotting at an alarming rate. She went from playing catch with us on Saturday to us looking at her dying within the week if we couldn't get this under control.

Today is Wednesday and from the massive amounts of a variety of antibiotics, she's doing better. The wound hadn't grown any larger for the first time since this whole ordeal. It's not reversed yet, no healing is present, but the fact that it stopped spreading the way it had is a good sign.

Her clotting tests came back normal showing that her body is healing the wound.

Everything is pointing to good signs if we keep up treatment.

The issue is cost. I have spent $2,000 since Sunday. That's over half my monthly salary. I pulled money from my IRA to pay for services and I am running low over there.

Today alone was $870. Tomorrow? Another $300. And until she shows healing, it could be $300 a day to hospitalize her. Then it will be regular vet visits with special bandage changes ($55 a day - I am hoping to negotiate or learn how to do this myself at home). Once she starts healing, she will need surgery to remove to dead tissue and to either stitch/graft or amputate as needed depending on the damage that is done. This could add up to a couple thousand more depending on the course of treatment.

She requires all of this to survive. Right now, it's looking more and more like a flesh-eating bacteria. A super bacteria of sorts that got into her injured paw and is killing the tissue. It's crazy how she can go from being fine on Saturday to having her foot rotting away on Tuesday. It's mind-blowing and terrifying.

How she is today (Wednesday)

For a dog with flesh-eating bacteria on her foot, she's almost back to normal personality wise. The antibiotics seem to be working on the internal infection, it's just the wound that needs to heal up. While at the vet this morning, she climbed up in the chair next to me like normal. When I came to pick her up this afternoon, she pulled the vet tech down the hall to get to me. She's now putting a little weight on the paw which means the pain is subsiding. She's happy to greet my roommate once again, and she even begged for food last night (which I spoiled her with two hot dogs because she's been through a lot).

She's on the mend, the treatments may be working. Though without knowing what the bacteria is immune to, it's going to mean a lot of trial and error to get this under control for good.

My Situation

I won't go into my sob story great length since this is about Annabelle. But I left a really bad relationship about 2 years ago, moved out to California for a job opportunity to be in my field... and Dang, it's expensive out here. Rent takes up half my monthly salary and I wish I was exaggerating. It's tough. I have barely been able to save up anything and I live very frugally to make ends meet. My pets always come before me, their needs get met before mine and I make sure they eat better than I do. They are my world.

I had to get Annabelle spayed last August, and because she is a Dane, I also had her stomach tacked to help prevent bloat (You can Google it. It's a Great Dane issue). I used Care Credit to fund that. She had sickness associated with the surgery which required a lot of vet visits, and Care Credit came into play again. Then my cat got sick a few times... and my Care Credit is maxed out. They can possibly raise my limit, but I will know in 7-10 days.

I don't have 7-10 days. I am running out of money and the vets I have found don't take payment plans because they push you to Care Credit. They require money up front, which I don't have anymore of. I've dug into my IRA and will deal with penalties later. The $1000 I pulled out yesterday is already gone to the vet, I am broke once more.

My family is poor, I can't get it from them. My savings are burnt up from this. I really don't know where else to go. I am so ashamed to be asking for help, and hope no one thinks poorly of me for it.

Help Needed

I hate asking for any help, but this girl is my baby. Anyone who knows me knows that this dog is my world. I talk about her nonstop, I take her everywhere I go. I make sure she has the best possible life I can give her, and I go without in order to give it to her.

I have had a rough few years and she's been able to bring me so much joy. I seriously can't imagine life without my giant beast of a dog. She's a cuddle buddy who loves nothing more than being loved on by a human. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body and adores everyone she meets.

(This is a photo from a month or so ago. She's snuggling in bed with Kevin on a Sunday like we do every Sunday until this last one shook us all up.)

If you know of any charities that would donate to the vet on behalf of Annabelle to get her the services we need, please let me know. I am researching it a bit, and doing my best to find help that I can get right away. This all happened so fast and needs to be treated fast. If you know of a vet in the Orange County, CA area that would take payments or help me out, that would work great too. I just need it quick.

Knowing I can save her if I just had the money... I have to at least try. I have to at least ask.

Don't feel any obligation whatsoever, especially if you have helped me in the past with anything whatsoever. I don't want to be greedy or pushy. Several people have asked to help me with the vet bills and I am passing this along because I can't deny that I need help. If you can't help financially, but want to help out somehow, then feel free to pass this along. Pass it along anywhere you can think of, I don't mind.

Anything. Any little bit will help here. Even your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me since I believe in the power of positive energy. So keep those coming as well. Or just pass it on even. Maybe someone out there can help me in a way I never would have thought of on my own. You just never know.

Thanks everyone. I will try to make sure everyone gets at least a personalized "thank you" card if I get your address (so please consider leaving that. I may include a photo of Annabelle once she's healthy once more). I am more than willing to repay the favor in any way I possibly can. Never hesitate to ask.

For more about Annabelle, here's a video and a public post I wrote up about her. You can see that she really is a terrific dog and I love her so much.


If the link doesn't work, my paypal e-mail address is kristenrericha@gmail.com. Apparently people are having issues there. I apologize for that :/

13 October 2011 @ 06:53 pm
Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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20 October 2010 @ 08:32 pm
Originally posted by thelake at Purple Wednesday

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

- original post by [info]neo_prodigy

Because Torchwood is depressing, we're going to watch John Barrowman, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, and some crazy chick on Jonathan Ross's show. Well, I am at least. Obviously I think you should too, because it's absolutely hysterical. Also, John Barrowman is kind of hyperactive and has an amazing smile. I also had no idea this show could be so informative... I just thought oooo, JB and Jonathan Ross, this should be great. Turns out Andrew Lloyd-Webber is a very kickass guy, and wtf writing a sequel to Phantom of the Opera? *shrugs* Anyways.

Part 2 is also hysterical and epic. Hence the title of this entry. lol He's adorable though, in a very hyperactive man-child way. And he loves his dogs. <3

Aaaaand then we get to JB (who wants to be spanked by the crazy chick) and ALW. The crazy chick parts 1 and 2 are absolutely insane. I mean, she seems like a bit of a bitch, but she's absolutely hysterical. And she seems to think JB and ALW are a couple, which is fanastic. JB dying of laughter at that is also fantastic. I don't like is outfit though. lol

Part 2 ends with a clip of Dr. Who, which is absolutely terrible because the whole what, 30 seconds of screen time for David Tennant makes me really want to watch it and that is a Really. Bad. Idea.

JB & ALW again! Their outfits kind of match this time, it's fantastic.

Part 2, where JB clearly shows that he's amazingly insane and used to take his dick out in the middle of a show (not where the audience could see, tragically) because it cracked people up. JR also pulls out more cracktastic old clips of JB in random stupid shit.

This post wasn't supposed to be this long at all, but I discovered the ALW bits today and had to add them. =D
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Current Music: Torchwood Soundtrack - Owen's Theme
09 February 2009 @ 01:48 pm
I wish I could combine facebook and LJ without facebook peoples knowing my lj name, but whatever. I'll advertise on AIM and get over it.

I always think about doing this and then never bother, but I have 10 more minutes to waste before band, and that's far too short a period of time for me to think about being productive, so here it is.

Because I'm nosey, and I just want to. Tell me what you think about me and/or my lj. This is not an "ohhh you're so nice and funny" post, unless you honestly think I'm nice and funny and have no bad things to say about me. If you read my LJ and think ZOMFG SHUT. UP., tell me so, and WHY. THe why is important. If you know me in person and some days just want to smack me because of something I do, say so! Constructive criticism is amazing, and I want it. So no being nice unless you honestly feel like being nice, though I'd also prefer reasons for bitchines. =) If you're sick of what I ramble about these days please do say so, and while I can't see myself not bitching in here, because I find it therapeutic, I still want to know, and I can change my ways! Maybe! Anyways, whatever. Anonymous comments (if for some reason you can't comment anonymously, tell me how to fix it! I'm not seeing options down there but maybe I'm being blind) are totally fine. Just be honest!
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07 February 2009 @ 01:10 am

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.


Watch. Then go. Read. Sign. And don't be a jackass. =P Please?
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28 September 2008 @ 08:09 pm
I have hijacked Katy's LJ.



Katy's evil friend.
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27 May 2008 @ 12:21 pm
Thanks to leonidaslion, I managed to figure out who to vote for for the LJ Advisory thingy with minimal effort. Go here and check them out, and then vote because LJ is amazing, and some of the people running definitely are not. Voting ends soon, so

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Current Music: The Spill Canvas - All Over You
Title: New Beginnings
Pairing: There are only vague insinuations at any pairing at all. And I don't want to make this look weirder than it is. lmao
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I'm making it all up.
Summary: It's sort of an expansion on the last scene of the movie, in a way...
A/N: I make a vague reference to the prequel, which I assume pretty much no one has read... all you need to know is that we humans studied Megatron, made a space shuttle based on the technology, and secretly flung it up into space, where it ended up waaaaaaay farther out than planned, and they run into a confrontation between the Autobots and Decepticons. I think this is possibly the strangest thing I've written so far, and I'd like some sort of feedback. I have read the prequel and watched the movie once. I apologize if I've butchered something horribly, since I can't say I'm exactly knowledgeable about Transformers. Please let me know if I have. Comments are love. Constructive criticism welcome. This was written all in one sitting, and any mistakes are mine.

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Current Music: Linkin Park - What I've Done
23 May 2007 @ 09:14 pm
*squishes the clarinets* I ♥ my section. *grins* Yesterday, they gave me a $20 giftcard for Walmart, and a PotC card that plays the PotC theme when you open it. It's technically a bday card, but Karen just crossed out "birthday" and put "graduation". It really is the most awesome thing ever.

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Current Music: PotC3 - Drink Up Me Hearties
09 May 2007 @ 06:45 pm
This is my pathetic attempt at humor. lmao

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Current Music: Dropkick Murphys - I'm Shipping Up to Boston
06 May 2007 @ 09:18 pm
Question! What word(s) would you say describe the emotion in this picture?
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*shakes head* That is just horrible.

ETA: http://www.godhatesamerica.com/ Holy. Shit. People are unbelievable.
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Current Music: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - I Tried
16 April 2007 @ 03:14 pm
The {+ -] Meme.

The rules: Comment with your name. People will comment anonymously (or not, though you'll probably want to) to you with one (1) positive thing about you and one (1) negative thing about you, kind of like a battery (as this is the {+ -] meme). This brings around balance for each person, so that no one feels more persecuted (?) or adored than anyone else. Everyone has good and not-so-good attributes, and this meme recognizes that.

GO. Now. =) Please?

ETA: Evan pictures, anyone?
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Current Music: Josh Groban - Now or Never
10 April 2007 @ 06:26 pm
Icons! My icon journal is finally open for business. Very crappy business right now, but oh well. It's all horribly random, and I blame that on the fact that I've been dying to make icons forever, I've got 14 more days left on the trial I'm using, and I'm trying to do too much at once. So, they kinda suck for now. *shrugs* Anyways, from now on, all icons etc. are over at x2x_graphics. Friend it.

[06]Apolo Ohno (from Dancing w/the Stars)
[09]Johnny Weir
[03]Tomas Verner
[03]Brian Joubert
[06]Johnny Weir, Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukov
[12]Night at the Museum

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*waves* over here...
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Current Music: Evanescence - My Last Breath
25 March 2007 @ 05:06 pm
Poll #953627 Because I've given this a lot of thought and I'm not crazy anything I've come up with.

What shall I call my icon/graphics journal?

joebee_gee (lmao... JohnnyEvanBandGeek)
other - suggestion in comment below
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Current Music: Josh Groban - Now or Never
26 February 2007 @ 06:43 pm
the ultimate in pointlessness
because talk_back said "he has gorgeous hair, why does he do so much shit to it?" And I decided I had to do this. lmao

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Which of Johnny's hairstyles do you like the best?

A - ultra slick
B - slicked back but still semi-fluffy
C - straight
D - fluffy/curly
other (comment w/picture)
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Current Music: Fall Out Boy - Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?
07 January 2007 @ 10:44 am
icons... As always, comment, credit, don't hotlink, constructive criticism welcome, if you wanna edit, let me know.... brushes and textures by colorfilter, damnicons and dearest. Pictures are not mine, The Unit screencaps are from oceana_.

[4] Matt Damon
[3] Johnny Weir
[4] Evan Lysacek
[18] The Unit
[5] Lord of the Rings

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[2] Evan Lysacek
[2] Johnny Weir

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Current Music: Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around... / ...Comes Around
28 December 2006 @ 07:13 pm
I swore I wasn't posting today, but I gave in anyways. I'm pathetic. And completely obessed with Photoshop, when I need to be working on 2 art projects and cleaning my room. *wails* But I only have 19 more days! *clings* I have a bunch of other random crap that needs posted, but it feels really funny with a gazzillion Eragon and 2 of other stuff. lol ANYWAYS: As always, comment, credit, don't hotlink, constructive criticism welcome, feel free to edit - just let me know. Brushes and textures by colorfilter and damnicons. Pictures obviously not mine. If anybody knows where I can find good Eragon screencaps, let me know.

[20] Eragon

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[3] Murtagh
[1] Eragon

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