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My trip to the ER

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by 3ringnursing 3ringnursing, BSN (Member)

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I'm one of those people who would rather tough out just about anything at home, writhing in misery until it passes, then go to the ER. I once tried to ride out cholelithiasis - insisting it would pass ("Tis just a stomachache! I'll be fine.") before riding to the ER via EMS transport, hollering like I was having my leg sawed off 3 days later. You are reading page 3 of My trip to the ER. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

3ringnursing has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse.

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I hope you provided your praise directly to the hospital as well! :) It's always nice for the ER staff to hear positive feedback.

I think I need better glasses - I'm embarrassed to admit I thought your avatar picture was the Flying Dutchman from Spongebob Squarepants for months:

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I 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!

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3ringnursing has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse.

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I 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.

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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

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"Stupid Human! I will spray you in the face - and your garage too!".

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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Squirrels don't carry rabies. Seriously.

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Squirrels don't carry rabies. Seriously.

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.

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I laughed so that at that! My daughter actually calls raccoons squirrels”... I'm not sure why....

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3ringnursing has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse.

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Squirrels 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).

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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.

First 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!

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I 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.)

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3ringnursing has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse.

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I 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.

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