Not takin' the rabies shots
27.03.2008 - 29.03.2008 29 °C
Well the scare from near two weeks ago continued to haunt me until Saturday. Hopefully now, it will once and for all be resolved.
Over the past twelve days I have been monitoring the health of the dogs near Sayanusí where I was bit. I had a relatively precise memory of the scene that took place, remembering the exact site, the owner, and the two dogs that chased after me. The advice I heard over and over was to track the dogs, if you can find them, and if they have not died or shown signs of illness from the virus, then you are in the clear for rabies. But still you can't be too sure about anything when your life could be at stake. So I decided to pursue getting the rabies shots (10 in all, 3 more than I previously knew about) for the peace of mind of everyone back home and for myself.
Friday afternoon I went to the clinic, a little in daze, not fully aware how it was like I was walking the last mile. Narcisa and I found out some more unwelcoming news when we found a doctor to talk to. It seemed like tracking the dogs in the area was about as certain of a safety precaution as taking the shots. The doctor told me I was crazy. He basically outright refused to give me the shots at first. He said that after ten days I would have a headache and fever, some sort of personal sign of having contracted the virus. He also gave some information that I did not know about the shots. Not only are they painful, but they are risky. There is a somewhat significant risk of contracting the virus from the shots themselves. Uhh, what, huh?
So I didn't take the shots. That was Friday.
Saturday, I went early in the morning with Narcisa to check up on ol' yeller. The dog was alive. Better yet, we talked with the son of the woman owner of the two dogs and he said the dogs had their injections, something we have heard from many people, but not directly from the source. The son was much more believable than his mother. I think in part because he seemed taken back about having to bring the dogs out and maybe because he had some first-hand experiences on having that dog bite him, as well. So I feel as confident as ever about not having contracted rabies.
Now, I am taking my showers and spending time outside in the sun, proving to myself each day that I have no symptoms of rabies. I think I'm in the clear.