R = Rabies (A-Z Challenge)

First, considering my leanings, you might think that this will be an entry about Cujo. And you’d be partially right.

Imagine this greeting you at the door.

Imagine this greeting you at the door.

Second, there are a lot of urban myths revolving around getting rabies. Yes, it will kill you, and there is a nearly 100% fatality rate…if it was the year 1884. Now there are vaccines and all sorts of other stuff to make this entry seem boring and less dramatic. Therefore, we will ignore that there are now only about 2 deaths annually in the United States and pretend that it is an epidemic of Quarantine-type proportions. However, worldwide, it is pretty dramatic. Worldwide, rabies causes about 26,000 deaths.

This, too, is waiting at your front door. Enjoy.

This, too, is waiting at your front door. Enjoy.

The period between the bite and the first flu-like symptoms is usually from 2 to 12 weeks. However, it has been as short as 4 days…or 6 years. Can you fucking imagine? “Well, I got bit by a bat like almost a decade ago…” “Rabies! Get the shotgun!”

The symptoms don’t help, either. They include: very odd behavior, drooling, pain in the muscles, pain in the tendons, spasms in the muscles…anyone else thinking these are actually the symptoms of a long night out drinking? Or do you not know as many alcoholics as I do? Don’t judge me….difficulty speaking, hallucinations, convulsions, and hydrophobia or fear of water. Yeah. Totally a bad night out with my drunk ass friends.

Patient with rabies circa 1959. Still looks like my friends after a bender.

Patient with rabies circa 1959. Still looks like my friends after a bender.

Oh, and that whole myth about getting like twenty shots in the stomach appears to be total crap. You get five shots over a period of 14 days — two on the first day, and the others over time. One is given on the site of the bite and the others are given intramuscularly farther away. But not in the ass. Too much fat.

Rabies Symptoms, Diagnostic and Prevention

However, it is a deadly disease. Death almost invariably will occur 2 to 10 days after the first symptoms, even with proper care. In unvaccinated humans, you will most likely die after the neurological symptoms have developed. Unless they put you into a coma and shoot you up with stuff for a long time.

Point is, if you get bit by a bat or other wild or feral animal, seek treatment. Wash the wound and get your bitch ass to a hospital right away. Because they are coming to get you.

rabies

Alternate letter considerations: Roth IRA, Radioactivity, Rut, Runes.

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~ by Darren Endymion on May 21, 2014.

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