My trip to the ER - page 3
Two days ago events occurred that this choice was taken off the table and I had no alternative but go, or risk dire consequences. Let me back up a bit, and first explain I've cared for a couple of... Read More
Oct 6Quote from ThanksforthedonutsI feel for you. My 4 year old tried to pet a raccoon yesterday. Almost was successful as it was trapped.
I totally can imagine your pain! Thanks for the story!
I had a TB skin test at a Walgreen's Minute Clinic one year when I didn't want to drive in my employer's administrative office which was about a 45 minute drive away (I work from home). The NP administering the skin test told me a story:
A few years ago she went home for lunch, and pulled into her garage of which she had left the roll up door open. In the corner sat a manky looking squirrel with a sparsely furred tail, like a bottle brush.
After getting out of her car she grabbed a broom from a corner and prepared to evict the interloper, striding confidently to where it sat watching her suspiciously with it's little twitchy eyes.
Apparently she thought she would chase it out of her homestead then go relax and grab a quick bite. Little did she know (that is sort if what happened) ...
When she was within 15 feet away from the squirrel it attacked - launching itself in an amazing arch it flew right onto her face, landing on her upper chest area, clinging to her uniform jacket. It also gave her a good bite in the right cheek, tangling in her hair in the process.
She dropped the broom, running in circles and blundering into stacks of items which went crashing to the floor in the mêlée, screaming like a banshee all the while.
The squirrel held on for the ride, chittering angrily.
She said she finally slipped in some liquid on the floor, dislodging the squirrel. It ran under a pile of downed boxes still chittering in triumph (apparently it had claimed her garage as it's territory and had been denning there).
Much the worse for wear, she got back into her car and shakily drove herself to the ER for the full rabies package and wound care for her face. She never made it back to work that afternoon - or the rest of the week.
She also had to call a wild life removal service for the territorial squirrel to finally rid herself of it, as it had moved in and claimed the garage as it's lair - spraying it thoroughly with urine.
Oct 6Quote from 3ringnursingWhen she was within 15 feet away from the squirrel it attacked - launching itself in an amazing arch it flew right onto her face, landing on her upper chest area, clinging to her uniform jacket. It also gave her a good bite in the right cheek, tangling in her hair in the process
Oct 7Quote from Davey Do
"Stupid Human! I will spray you in the face - and your garage too!".
Oct 7Quote from Pixie.RNSquirrels rarely carry rabies. If you want to take the chance that this wasn't the first squirrel case in a while, you're probably safe. But since untreated rabies is 100% fatal (or close enough), I think I'd just spring for the rabies package. That's just me.Squirrels don't carry rabies. Seriously.
Oct 7I laughed so that at that! My daughter actually calls raccoons “squirrels”... I’m not sure why....
Oct 8Quote from Pixie.RNSquirrels don't carry rabies. Seriously.
Yeah, I was bit by a cat ... but after giving the squirrel bite story some consideration - and as Triciaj (and also a nurse friend of mine) pointed out, rabies untreated is 100% fatal - I think I too would just knuckle under and spring for the full rabies package (including scrumptious complementary turkey sandwich and ginger ale) just to be on the extra safe side.
Not everyone will agree with this, but I can't say that I find fault with the NP for her decision on that day given the circumstances (and I feel a tiny bit bad too privately thinking I'm glad it wasn't me for once, because all the weird crap seems to happen to me more often than not. I'm just relieved Fate gave me pass for once).
Oct 8Quote from TriciaJFirst squirrel case ever, not just in a while. There have been none in the US according to the CDC. I had an ED physician coworker who used to get on his soapbox about this! Those woodchucks, however! Lol. They are bad. I had a patient bitten by a squirrel, and the health department refused to treat her based on low risk. She came to the ER and requested treatment. As was our protocol, we called the health department, and they advised against it. She got it anyway, but it was probably more necessary for peace of mind than any real risk. It's a good thing my anti-squirrel-rabies friend wasn't there, he might have not given her the RIG and RabAvert combo!Squirrels rarely carry rabies. If you want to take the chance that this wasn't the first squirrel case in a while, you're probably safe. But since untreated rabies is 100% fatal (or close enough), I think I'd just spring for the rabies package. That's just me.
Oct 8I also take care of feral cats (anything too wild to be placed in a home by our local rescue agency)in my horse barn. I was bitten by one of my house cats (who was feeling very macho one day) and so I got to forego the rabies treatment but still got a raging cellulitis. The only thing worse is a human bite (more bacteria.)Last edit by LadysSolo on Oct 8 : Reason: spelling
Oct 14Quote from LadysSoloI also take care of feral cats (anything too wild to be placed in a home by our local rescue agency)in my horse barn. I was bitten by one of my house cats (who was feeling very macho one day) and so I got to forego the rabies treatment but still got a raging cellulitis. The only thing worse is a human bite (more bacteria.)
Ouch! I'm sorry.
Like this? (It came out so big, but I can't remove it)Last edit by 3ringnursing on Oct 14
Oct 15Oh, much worse - I ignored it until it went up my whole forearm. (I tend to not take very good care of myself.)
Oct 16I take care of the stray kitties in my neighborhood too as I am a huge cat lover. Actually a stray kitten showed up about 2 months ago and was the cutest, tiniest thing(looked like it had some Maine coon in it with a huge fluffy, wide tail, Maine and fuzzy ears) I fostered it and just found it a forever home..I have 3 adult cats of my own and believe me my big boy was NOT having it at all. Since it was a kitten and just so cute I wasn't giving up until it had a home..luckily my persistence paid off. Anyway I digress about my love of cats..
I never got big by a stray I did however get bit by my own a number of years ago. My cat liked to play Houdini and escape out the front door any chance he got. So one day he slipped outside with a friend of mine that just left. So I go outside to grab him and for a split second it was like he was a feral cat. He must have smelled another cat in the area..something that made him feel threatened. He layed into my hand really hard. My goodness the pain was horrendous it felt like it went deep into the bone...it really felt like my hand was fractured that's how badly it hurt. I had two puncture marks on my hand. So I did some self care..I will use my medical knowledge on myself! No need to seek medical attention! Well I was completely wrong. Even after cleaning it with some betadine 2 days later my hand was double its size, red like a fire engine and I was unable to move my pointer finger. I was off that week from work as my sister had just got married in Chicago otherwise I probably would have had one of the docs at work look at it in passing.
So I had to trek to my local ED(I work in an innercity hospital but live in the suburbs so going to my job would have been a nice commute and since I wasn't getting paid to go I decided to stay local). They wound up admitting me for 4 days for IV abx that's how bad it was. I was on oral abx after being discharged. All that from a cat bite! Lesson learned..cat bites are no joke..had I gotten medical attention right away some oral abx and I could have avoided the whole admission. But nope just like the OP I did not want to clog up the ED with such a frivolous complaint(frivolous in my eyes).