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Ham the Goblin's Veterinary BIlls

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I present for your reading enjoyment: Ham the Goblin. He’s been called many things during these first two years of his life. Please be assured that “Goblin” is the most fitting.

For the first (approximately) 8 months of life, the goblin roamed the wilds of my neighborhood, doing who-knows-what, until he settled under my deck in December of 2022. He then spent a few days keeping me company in the yard and sitting on the deck, howling for food every morning. Eventually, he used his wily goblin tactics to get me to let him inside the house.

He has since become known as both a connoisseur of forbidden snacks and a notorious donut thief, fully capable of leaping through the air to snatch tasty treats from human hands. Some have speculated that he is, in fact, a homeless man in a cat costume.

Fortunately, he is also a world-champion snuggler, whose ultimate goal (aside from eating everything edible and inedible in the house) is to be held like a baby at precisely 8am on winter mornings.

Unfortunately, he arrived in this life with some urinary issues. UTIs occasionally leave this already-melodramatic creature with an understandably higher level of crankiness. And one such infection may have recently found its way to his kidneys, where it tried to kill him.

Saturday(6/24) was a typical day goblinning about. Sunday and Monday were days of minor vomiting. Early that Tuesday morning, he was wobbly on his furry feet. So, off to the animal hospital we went, where the vet quickly discovered that Ham’s kidneys weren’t functioning properly.

With intense treatment, he had a 50% chance of survival.

I requested they treat the little furball as best they could, and I went home. Coming home without him, knowing that there was a really good chance that he might never come home again, was very difficult.

Overnight and into the next day, the creatinine level in his blood continued to climb when it should’ve decreased. Things were not moving the way they needed to if Ham was going to survive. I ended up visiting at 10pm one night, because I thought he was going to die. I wanted to see him one more time.

But he showed me.

He showed all of us.

Thursday morning, my boy bounced back. After truly valiant efforts from the animal hospital staff, his blood work improved. That Saturday, he got to come home and return to his usual level of antics and melodrama.

But the bill, oh how high it is. The summary of his care is about 5 pages long. While my heart is ecstatic that I get to hold him again, my credit card is quite sad, sad enough that if he had a relapse, I would struggle for the financial resources to care for him.

If you see fit, won’t you please consider donating? If you’re unable to do so, I still appreciate that you took the time to read about my goblin. I hope you’ll consider sharing his story.

Thank you!

- Ryan


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Ryan Bender
Martinsville, IN

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