Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

Upgrade Equipment or Save My Dog?


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-12-2011, 05:40 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default Upgrade Equipment or Save My Dog?

Well, it really is a no-brainer, but yesterday our dog underwent surgery to fuse several vertebrae in an effort to make this third "event" his last.

Very, very long story short, prior to last week, he has twice been left without the ability to move his extremities after his spine was pinched causing swelling that cuts off the signals from the brain to his legs/feet.
He's 7 now and the first time it happened he was not quite 2 years old.

Both events resulted in MRIs to determine the cause and took many weeks of physical therapy and steroids to reduce the swelling to the point where he could stand and eventually walk again.
The last time surgery was discussed as an option, but it's not without risk, nor is it inexpensive, so we decided to treat him conservatively as we had done the first time and while difficult, we were able to get him back to "normal" at home.

The first two times it happened as a result of him twisting his neck while playing with a ball - last week (Wednesday) it came out of the blue. I was sitting on the floor and he came over wanting to lick my face (his favorite thing in the world), but I didn't want my face licked and told him so. He simply turned and walked over to his bed where he yelped loudly/dropped and didn't move. We knew immediately that it had to be the same thing happening again - he wasn't moving.
Off to the ER.

After having yet another MRI, the neurologist spoke with us, and we all agreed that this was not going to get any better on it's own and had the potential to get even worse without treatment. Surgery was scheduled for the next day.

This really is a long and complicated story but that's the condensed version.
It couldn't have come at a worse time financially. The truck just needed $700 work to pass inspection a few weeks back, my wife was hospitalized for 4 days (although she has insurance), and my battery died one day while out working costing another $140. On top of that, the mowing season has all but dried up.

I had planned on upgrading to a 36" walk behind mower for next season, but vet bills are going to kill me. $860 from the emergency room/overnight/testing. $1,500 for the MRI and I believe the surgery is going to be around $2,500. (minimum)

Financially, there is one glimmer of hope, in that we have pet insurance.
They covered part of the bill from the first event, but due to some doctor's notes stating that his issue may have been congenital, they flat out denied payment for the second event. Gee, thanks.
The surgeon said that when he opened him up and could SEE what was going on, he believes it is not a "birth defect", but possibly an old injury from when he was a pup. (We adopted him at 10 mo. old)
Praying that the doctor can write something up to help us get this at least partially paid for by the insurance.



Here's our boy Pepe (Le Pew) in the ICU today...






The surgery took 4 hours and was not an easy one. He lost a LOT of blood and the situation with his neck is so unique that there isn't anything quite like it documented anywhere. Thankfully, the surgeon is the only board certified neurologist/neurosurgeon in western Pennsylvania, but even with his knowledge, much of what he did for Pepe had to be improvised.

We are very fortunate to live close enough to this facility. It opened a few years ago and is an emergency room and veterinary specialist hospital. All the specialists form the area got together to form a group and build this state of the art facility - it's truly amazing and rivals just about any human hospital I've seen.

http://www.pvs-ec.com/tour/index.php



Anyway, that's the condensed version. You never know what may come along and change your plans for your business. (or your life, for that matter)

Any prayers for Pepe's recovery are appreciated.
And don't ever tell your dog you don't want kisses. I felt like hell after that and thought I'd never get a kiss from my buddy again.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 11-12-2011, 06:27 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I certainly hope Pepe recovers fully .
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-12-2011, 06:35 PM
B-2 Lawncare B-2 Lawncare is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 191
Rep Power: 0
B-2 Lawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Man I am crying now thanks dick, YOU had better saver your dog, Save your dog.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-12-2011, 06:46 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 4
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Man I just want to give him a big hug .
he looks so scared in the pictures.
Please keep us posted.
__________________
Ducke's lawn Care and Introducing Duck's Seasonal Decor.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-12-2011, 07:04 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks, guys. It's been a rough couple of days and he probably won't be home until Monday at the earliest.

The place seems so empty without him here.




I was looking for a pic of him in better times when I ran across the "snow fort" album. LOL! (Yes, I build my dog snow forts)

This was Feb 2010...











Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-13-2011, 08:08 AM
JeffK26
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Aww..... Good looking dog you have Hedge, me, the wife and Scout, my dog send our best.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-13-2011, 07:33 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Not much change from yesterday. Still just lying on his side, although they did see some movement in his back legs today.

He gave us kisses when we got down near his face.
Going to talk to the neurologist tomorrow to see what the plan is from here.

Thanks to all for kind words and prayers.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-14-2011, 11:11 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I hope Pepe is feeling better soon!
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-14-2011, 10:46 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Day 3 - Post OP:

We went to visit Pepe today and spent a good hour and a half with him. The staff is wonderful - we kept asking if we were interrupting them, and offered to move/leave if needed, but they were fine with us being there. One of the ladies even said it was nice to see us there, as some of the dogs don't get visitors.

He looked a lot better today, and while he's still not moving much, he's off of the IV and taking pain meds orally. He still has the catheter and will likely stay that way when we bring him home until he gets to where we can help him outside to do business.

Barring anything odd, we should be able to bring him home tomorrow afternoon/evening.

It was extremely busy there tonight, but while Pep's surgeon was rounding, he stopped in to speak with us for about 10 minutes. I didn't know whether to be delighted, or offended when Pepe began wagging his tail when Dr. MacKillop came into the room - he didn't wag his tail for US! LOL! (But he gave us kisses!)
It was pretty awesome. He really likes Pep. He said he even gave him a treat before he went home the one night after his surgery. "He just looked so pitiful, I had to give him a treat!"

The doctor got down and moved Pep into another position while we talked about the plan for his discharge. We were pleased to see that he didn't protest being moved. Before we take him home we are going to have them go over what they've been doing with him in regards to physical therapy.

Hopefully I can figure out a way to post the x-ray of the screws/bands that were put in his spine. He may have less range of motion side to side now, but "up/down" should be OK.

Oh, I almost forgot - this was pretty funny...
We were lying with Pep before Dr. MacKillop came in, and one of the techs brought two Pugs into the room to "say goodbye" to another tech working there (they were being discharged). They were both on leashes and very excited, and when Pep heard their little feet clicking on the hard floor, he started to wag his tail and let out a "Wuuup-wuuuup!" - even tried raising his head a little more than we have seen him do before. He knew that there were "puppies!" in the room.

I took some more pics today that I'll have to post. A little more encouraging than the previous photos, I must say.

Thanks again to all for your continued support.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-14-2011, 10:49 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Pics from this evening's visit...


He started getting sleepy and closed his eyes for a nap.








Can't a dog get a cat-nap around here? Who do I speak to about getting a private room?






After Dr. MacKillop moved him. He was a lot more alert and in this position he could keep an eye on the activity in the room...









I love you, mom...




You too dad, but what's up with the camera? You're not going to show that photo to anyone ARE you?




Sigh. This is going to be on the internet - I just know it...

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
at what point do i upgrade mowers lawnguync Community Assistance 1 04-27-2010 11:10 PM
How much do you save? Steve General Talk 0 10-10-2008 02:40 PM
Save Your Equipment realhuntin General Talk 1 12-20-2007 07:56 AM
Wish To Upgrade Software Using Company Check markf Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 04-05-2007 12:52 AM
2004 upgrade sgerdes Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 08-11-2005 07:53 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
Today 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 420
Hello
jawnebgoode
Today 08:37 PM
Today 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 8
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
Today 05:06 PM
Today 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 25
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
Today 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 514
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Today 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 147
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
Yesterday 03:47 PM
Today 11:55 AM
by Steve
1 62
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Today 11:47 AM
by Steve
5 133
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 10:38 PM
by SGL1
5 141
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,086
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
Yesterday 02:00 PM
by stevef1201
6 224
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,492
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 422
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 135
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,765
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 213
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 278
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 162
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 136
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 182
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 422
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 678
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 143
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 474
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 452
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 204
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 303
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 216
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,030
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 520
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,589
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 690
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,863
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 307
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 413
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 263
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 525
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 416
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 513
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 541
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 811
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 358
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 420
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 310
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 314
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 662
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,294
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,519
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 706
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 916
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 657
» Popular Tags
apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate care charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call credit card processing customers decorating ecosymbiosis escrow estimate exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn hardscapes hills holiday holiday lighting honda how much to charge introduction kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf removal managing a lawn care business marketing native plants new buisness new mower online classifieds outdoor environments podcast push versus ride redmax reo rotating scag search engine optimization season seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl toro tractor auger turfgrass consulting walker wright stander rh zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:00 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:00 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy