I tried to get ahold of the lawyer mentioned by the social worker. They kept telling me to call back. I never did get in touch with him. I tried calling the doctor's office regarding a doctor's note to be put on stress leave. The first 100 times (okay, it was only like 10 times) I dialed, it was busy and when I finally got through they said they could not fit me in until end of November. I explained why I needed to see the doctor sooner than that and they said well you should just go to a walk in clinic. Sure, this is a possibility but if EI wanted to investigate my claim they would say this doctor does not know you and reject my claim for stress leave and/or compassion leave.
Amazingly, I made it to the gym for the first time since before he ended up in the hospital. I've actually managed to loose 3 or 3.5 lbs in the (how many days has it been now?) without even exercising.
When I got to the hospital, the social worker was actually coming to the room to see us and I told her how I was having difficulty getting in touch with lawyer and getting an appointment with my doctor sooner rather than later. She told me that this is something they can help us with, so I hope that means things will be ok in the end.
Some good news though! Shortly before I arrived to the hospital, Bear was informed that a bed opened up in a palliative ward of the other hospital. He was transferred a couple hours later. Thank goodness it's not hospice which we would have to pay for. We followed to the other hospital and I think it is going to be so much better for him. He has a private room and it is big enough to have several visitors without being too crowded. He has a window view and a TV that he won't have to pay for, as far as I know. The doctor came in shortly after and he seemed like a very nice fellow with wonderful bedside manners.
I think Bear will be more comfortable there and the best part is I can have sleepovers with him! I might do that on Saturday when my mother-in-law is here and can take care of my dog for the night. I sure look forward to spending more time with my Bear!