Sunday, October 10, 2010

let's play a game....it could save a life

If a person is sleeping in a room and awakes to discover a bat....what do you do?


I'm not going to make you do research or join as a follower.
The point is I want you to be able to make an educated decision
if you find yourself in the medical urgency that we found
ourselves in this past week.

So here's the answer....if you or someone you know awakes or discovers a bat in a sleeping area......
Assume they have been bitten and seek medical attention.  While only 1% of the bat population carries rabies...a person can be bitten or scratched by an infected animal while sleeping and be totally unaware that a bite or scratch occurred.  What you need to know is that there is ABSOLUTELY NO CURE FOR RABIES!!!!! 


How did we come to share this information with you?  Last Wednesday night we discovered a bat in our home....it was clinging  from a rafter in my bedroom ceiling which is part of the open area of the main living area of our log cabin.  We know that an outside door was left open for a quite a long time on Tuesday evening and the bat may have been in the house for at least 24 hours.  We tried to open the doors and windows but the bat was last seen flying up into the rafters and stone work of our fireplace.   That night we thoroughly searched the two bedrooms with doors and hunkered down to sleep there for the evening.  I tossed and turned while something that I remembered reading on a blog a long time ago swirled in my head...

I recalled reading  something about finding a bat in a bedroom and needing to seek medical treatment.

Thursday morning  I got on line and started looking for information regarding bats and what should be done if you find one in a room where someone has been sleeping.  We learned more about rabies and the number of people worldwide who die from it every year than we ever expected to learn.  But what we didn't know is that there is absolutely no cure for rabies.  Once you exhibit symptoms there is no treatment.  Because we don't have the bat....we can't send it to be tested to see if the animal is a carrier of rabies.  Knowing that information would have given us an option of starting treatment if the bat was infected with rabies....but without it there was only one decision to make...and because the bat was found in the main sleeping and living area of our cabin....and because the children sometimes leave their rooms to use the bathroom and return to their beds without closing their doors....we had no choice but to seek medical treatment for their safety as well.

After contacting the local and state health departments we were advised to seek immediate medical treatment for possible exposure to rabies.  Friday we spent five hours in the emergency room of our nearby hospital.  We were each thoroughly examined for bite wounds or scratches and while all of us appear not to have any visible bites...bat bites can be difficult to detect.  Which leaves us to the ouchy part.....we each received injections to protect us from developing rabies.  Hubby and I received one injection in the arm....two in the bottom...and one on each thigh....FIVE shots each....OUCH!!!!

Here's the hard part....both of my children each received an injection in their arm and one on each thigh....sweet babies...OUCH... THREE shots each....my heart ached when I knew what needed to be done to keep them safe.  Their tear stained faces after there injections made my soul ache and what I wouldn't have given to make the whole situation disappear.

And it's not over....for post-exposure non-bite rabies treatment the injections continue on days 3, 7 and 14 for one additional injection each. 

If you've read this far and are still here....hopefully this little bit of information will weave it's way into your being and if you or someone you know finds them in this situation you will be able to recall it.  I will tell you to skip calling your primary care physicians....ours was clueless when it came to answering questions regarding the treatment of rabies.  It is a medical URGENCY...no typo....and you should seek medical attention at an EMERGENCY room.  They were the only treatment facility that carried the injections we needed. 

If you're still here and want a chance to win my giveaway....leave your name and a contact email in the comments and tell me if you'd like a prize box full of wooly fun for knitting and spinning........or a prize box full  of quilty cottony stitchy things.

Either way... on my last day of treatment (today is day 2) I will pull a name from all of the comments and send off a box full of happy things.

28 comments:

Jackie said...

What a horrible experience but I'm so thankful that you remembered whatever it was that you read and that you sought help.

I'd love to be entered into your giveaway for quilty cottony stitchy things.

lesthook said...

Many years ago my brother had to have the rabies shots. Back when they did the in the stomach. Thanks for the info!

lesthook said...

forgot about the give-away. I like quilty cottony things!

Kathie said...

oh boy I know you did the right thing, hard to see your kiddies getting shots, I hate it, but keeping them safe is the no. one priority.
I have a friend that found a bat in their house and had to do the same thing...
they are fine I am sure you all will be too
hmmm knitting things would be fun!
thanks
Kathie

Nadine said...

OMG, this gives me the shivers ! Fortunately you had the right, quick reaction. I'm sooo sorry to hear you had to live such hard moments, dear.
Hopefully, everything will go better now.
Keeping you all in my thoughts,
heartfully, with a big (((HUG)))
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX
NADINE

stitchinpenny said...

The best of luck with your injections, while painful they may be a necessary evil. The really scary part is that you don't know. If i were to win the giveaway i would like the cotton stitchy stuff, since I don;t knit or spin. Barcmit@aol.com

Marls said...

OMG who would've thought the treatment to prevent is that extensive. I feel for you all but thankfully you knew what had to be done.
Big hugs from a quilter who loves cottony things.

Carol said...

Oh you poor, poor thing and your family...what a horrible experience. I'm so glad you remembered what you read. It's so hard to watch our children hurt, but you know you did the right thing. Sending lots of good thoughts!

Winona said...

Oh how horrible! I am so sorry you all are having to go through this, but thankful you are doing what you need to do for yourself and family. I really feel for you. I have never even seen a bat in real life and after reading this, I hope I never do. If I were to win your giveaway, I would want the cottony goodness for stitching. Winona

Marilyn Robertson said...

Wow! I had no idea that treatment was necessary. Thanks for the information! Thanks for entering me into your giveaway. I guess I would like cottony stitchy things as I knit but I don't know how to spin. Thanks!

Sheila said...

Thank you for sharing this important information! We live on a lake and have had a bat in the house once (when we were having new siding installed and they left the sofets open all weekend). Our son just took his mesh football bag and caught it and then released it outside (dumb things are indangered here in Minnesota and we aren't permitted to kill them). I washed the bag right away and he had no physical contact with the bat...he was also wearing heavy leather gloves.
I am so sorry to hear you have to undergo the injections....especially the kids. We should be sending you the box of fun!!!!
I am going to attempt to learn to spin and also work at improving my knitting skills this winter....check out my latest blog entry about my spinning wheel. :)

denise said...

Yowza!

One of my memories is finding a bat flying around in my sisters bedroom (next to mine), and my dad wearing goggles, gloves, long sleeves, and shirt wrapped around his head chasing it around with all windows open and trying to whack it with a hammer to get it out of the house. No rabies shots. Whew!

Mimi said...

That is an incredible experience... thanks for sharing what could possibly be life saving info! Wishing you the best with the painful injections and hope all goes well. Hugs to you and your family.
You can enter me as the cottony stitchy type for your giveaway!

Karen said...

I have never heard of such a thing. My brother was bit by a bat in the early 80's and we didn't do a thing! So scary... Thanks for posting.

Emma said...

Thank goodness you sought treatment! We don't have rabies in Australia, but I had heard that the treatments are very unpleasant.

If your giveaway includes internation commenters I am a knitter learning to spin.

trish said...

Wow! I am so glad that you shared this information with us. We have not had this happen, but believe me, it is knowledge stored now and I will also bring it up with my husband. We live in the country and see bats flying at night.
I am so sorry about the shots, I know it is necessary, but like you, it makes me sad to see my children getting them too.
Have a great day!! :o)
Sincerely - Trish

Kathie said...

hoping everyone is feeling ok
you can take my name out of the drawing, I really don't need to start any more projects!
thanks though and good luck to everyone else!
Kathie

Cadi said...

once had one in the bedroom.
didn't even think about it.
typing w/ one hand w/ baby
will respond to your e-mail tomorrow.
would love somethin' spinny.
c

Bren said...

OMGosh you poor things!!! What a horrible experience it sounds like. Bats are crafty creatures. I will store your valubale info in my brain incase I need it later.... I would want the quilty goodness!
Praying your follow up shots are not as terrible for the kids....:(

Beth said...

I'd like the woolly fun, if I win.

This is a horrible story. A bat flew around in our house one night when my eldest was a baby. It didn't occur to us to look for bites and we didn't! Fortunately all's well that ends well in our case. I'm very sorry to hear that your family must suffer the pain of so many injections, and I wish you well. love, Beth

Nancy said...

How wonderful that you remembered to treat this potential for a bite or scratch--I don't think I've ever heard that or would even have thought of it. I would love to be entered for some quilty goodness.

Amy said...

Yeah for being finished with the treatments and having the peace of mind knowing that you and your family are healthy. I'd love to win some quilty/stitchy treats.

Malmbergs said...

Congratulations on being at the end of your treatment. No fun, but I guess it's a good thing those shots are available.
Would love to win some stitchy-quilty giveaway goodies.
Thanks,
barberg@sbcglobal.net

Carolyn said...

I read this last week and figured I'd check back in to see how things were going. I hope the whole ordeal hasn't been too horrible for you and your kids! I don't spin, but I do knit, so I'd love to be in on the knitting package! :o)

Gayle said...

Years and years ago I worked for a medical company that made a rabies vaccine - I remember how when we got a call from a hospital needing it, we would call the highway patrol to deliver it instead of using normal shipping procedures - because time was of the essence.

trish said...

Me again! :o) I am sorry that I forgot to put which box would be my choice. :o) Something for quilting and/or stitching would be wonderful. :o)
If you would ever like to barter, your crochet for my jewelry items I would love to work with you on it. :o) You can check out my etsy shop, found at my blog.
Sincerely - Tricia

charlotte37830 said...

I would love to be entered for the Quilty Cottony Stitchy things. Just getting started on quilting, even though I come from a long line of quilters (one great aunt sent a quilt to the president years and years ago.

Valula said...

That must have been scary!! That for the info :-)