Our first date night of 2012 (we don't go on traditional dates..our quality time together usually involves bikes) went like this:
I texted Josh about going out to a movie and he replied with "who is this, and what have you done with my wife". I hate the disappointment of most movies and restaurants, the uncomfortable seats, and weekend crowds when all I have to do is wait 6 months to get the flick in the mail at a tenth of the price. So I get out of my sweats and get the kids squared away, then Josh comes home and announces that we'll have to go to the ER before we can do anything else. I'm irked.
As it turns out, up to 80 percent of bats in our area carry rabies, and 100 percent of humans who contract it, DIE! Josh tells me this, I'm still skeptical, until I learn that the bat doesn't have to bite (their teeth are so fine that you may not know if it bit you anyway), but any contact whatsoever can spread the rabies from bat to human. About 2 weeks after exposure, one will exhibit symptoms and it's too late to treat, you'll be made comfortable until you die. Needless to say, we headed for the ER.
While in the ER, we had plenty of time to come up with funny spins on the whole Batman, rabies subject. Now that Josh will have a series of shots with antibodies, he will be immune to rabies. So yes, he is for rent for anyone with a bat problem, or night rides in bat infested canyons. For a little extra, he will also wear a cape and mask. Night riding also poses risk of exposure to all of the animals most notorious for carrying rabies. We have had run-ins with skunks, raccoons, coyotes, and foxes which are all common carriers. This incident also puts the episode of The Office when they have their 5k to raise awareness of rabies in a whole new light....I would totally run a 5k for rabies.
Finally, the nurse comes in with a tray of shots....6 to be exact! She injects 5 thick, clear hemoglobin shots into the area where the bat came in contact with Josh's arm. Each injection became more agonizing than the last. Josh doesn't often show his pain, but there was no denying how he felt now. The final shot went into the other arm. This is the bright pink one with antibodies. Turns out, if one needs to get these shots, they should have someone to drive them home. Josh lost use of his arm for about an hour. We decided to continue our date, got sushi, went to the crappy movie, and got home around midnight, still laughing over the whole situation.
Rabies can't be fought all in one round of shots, but with 3 follow-up visits to get the pink shot of antibodies to ensure immunity, all of which have to be administered at the ER....so, maybe that 5k to raise awareness could also raise money to pay for this ridiculously expensive date!! --Deb