Saturday, October 20, 2007

Hydrophobia

The last patient I saw yesterday was getting rabies shots following an animal bite. After my shift, walking out of the hospital at 4:30 a.m. I came face-to-face with a raccoon sitting on the fence by the entrance eating goodies out of a trash can. "Hello, little furry rabies virus reservoir," I thought. "I'm going to stay well away from you." Admittedly, it looked less like a slavering, crazy-eyed beast ready to sink its virus-laden teeth into my flesh and more like an overfed, slightly lazy garbage mooch, but you can't be too careful, eh?

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2 Comments:

At October 20, 2007 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Melinda June said...

Raccoons can be deadly. You are wise, my friend.

 
At October 23, 2007 at 8:10 PM , Blogger michaelg said...

Minnesota just had a rabies death this past weekend. As much as I want to pet all living things, I, too, will avoid racoons.

 

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