Monday, October 4, 2010
Thanks for the comments, here and via facebook. All's well!
.I am very distressed this evening; I received notice, after hours, that the vet's office mistakenly (I hope!) used our debit card for a $246.90 charge when they ought to have used it for a $8.69 charge. This, after weeks of one, two, and three hundred dollar vet visits, will not clear. We'll have bounced check fees, at the least. I very much hope to resolve this with their billing department in the morning, but in the meantime I'm going to bed with a knot in my stomach and an ache in my head. I don't bear conflict well, and for some reason my body treats something as simple as a billing dispute in the same fashion as it might treat a fender bender or a mugging. Emotionally, and physiologically, I take these things like a punch to the gut even when my logical mind tells me it will all be resolved after breakfast.
Luckily, I have a knack for remaining outwardly calm—I'll be on the phone at 9 am, all courtesy and decorum. No harm will be done, and it will all be behind us.
Breathe. Stretch. Chill.