Lest anyone worry that I need to be on suicide watch, I thought I should update and let you know that the initial panic has passed. Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions and sympathy.
We've received a couple more A/C estimates and it turns out the first one we received was ridiculously high. It's still going to be expensive - don't get me wrong, but it looks like we may get away with spending about $1000 less than we originally thought, which is pretty significant. The goal is to make a decision this afternoon in hopes that something can be installed by the end of next week.
I've also received some good information about the cats - specifically, that they can comfortably withstand much higher temperatures than dogs and even humans. Their food and litter box are both in the basement, so they'll be down there several times a day, and we just have to trust that they'll stay down there if they get too hot.
Acupuncture was this morning and stims start tonight. My acupuncturist put a bunch of needles in my tummy and hooked up the electro-stimulus-thingie to them. It was the first time she used that and it was a strange sensation, but she said it'll help me grow lots and lots of follicles so I'm all for it.
I had a great day at work yesterday - lots of exciting changes. It's a subject for another post, but it looks as if the proverbial window is opening in response to the closing of the door that was the other job opportunity.
Speaking of work, I guess I should get back to it. Thanks again for all of your support!