Weekly Topic Inspiration: My Life After Anti-Rabies Injection
Disclaimer of sort:
This was long overdue since I was bitten by a dog of our barangay captain , who happens to be my cousin.It happened last February 13, 2012, the night when I went to his house as I was completing the answers on CBMS questionnaire, including the making of barrio map as required by this survey for the 4P (Pamilyang Pilipino Pantawid Pangkabuhayan) program. The dog was slaughtered after incurring series of victims in our barrio.
A year later, I began experiencing erratic heartbeat, thirst for water and sensitivity to light and the numbness on my spinal column and back neck-a clear indication that I was infected by rabies from that dog.
So, my brother Fernando immediately helped me sought the necessary medication.
A rabies-free life
My life after undergoing anti-rabies vaccine treatment at San Lazaro Hospital here in Manila, Philippines has been a sort of 'celebration of life.'
The resident doctors and nurses usually told the throng of patients for dog/cat bites that lined-up daily (from Mondays thru Fridays) to listen to what they're going to advise. Each patient was given a blotter page, where the bite mark will be identified, whether it's on your arm, body or legs and other parts of the body.
Each vial for the first three-set of anti-rabies costs less than Php1,000.00 (Philippine peso) or about $20.00 (US dollar) and two patients will divide each 5 ml. of anti rabies as recommended by the administering doctor. Unlike in private entities where the cost will double or triple that an ordinary Filipino can never afford.
In my case, my doctor inquired the history of the bite and if the dog is still living. I replied that I incurred the dog bite on February 13, 2011. She was surprised as to why I'm only undergoing the treatment. I explained that my cousin did a first aid on the bite.
Her verdict was that I should undergo a regular treatment plus the booster (2 ampules) even though it is expensive. It will ensure that the effects of the dog bite, like hydrophobia (afraid of water) and light will be eradicated in my system.
My first injection on the 2nd week of August and the next two weeks were the second and third dosage in order to complete the typical anti-rabies injection treatment. My doctor assured me that my life will be prolonged for the next three years. (What?). The booster is the last of the crucial medication as it will be splitted into two injections (again!) (sighs!).
Come September, before I go on board ship I had to undergo such final procedure in order to ensure a lifetime security if ever I will be bitten by an animal again.
The effects of anti-rabies medication
- I had a slight fever, felt drowsy and itchy. The allergic reaction took place hours after the first injection. The nurse who performed the procedure inject a little on my upper right arm for the allergic reaction and at the upper left arm, the treatment.
- My arms ached, as if I've been into a bout or did a muscle-building routine.
- The second injection gave me a more drowsy effect and I craved for drinking water more. The doctor said that the induced rabies at cold state helps my immune system to develop more antibodies against rabies.
Treatment against rabies is a first-come-first-serve basis here at San Lazaro, since this is the only government medical institution that administer such procedure at a very low price. Since, it is funded by the assigned local legislators via their medical fund allocation, their affected constituents will be required to get a formal writing or certificate of recommendation, so that, the only payment a patient will give is for the syringe to be used.
More and more cases of dog and cat bites and scratches are being treated at San Lazaro Hospital. It ranges from children being bitten by their pets (dogs or cats), a household help being ravaged by a pit bull (dog), an man bitten by his dog when he accidentally stepped on its tail and a lot more.
I still love dogs and cats
I still maintain my fondness with the dogs and cats that also welcome me in their 'animalistic upbringing'.
I, together my friends at the boarding house, faithfully feed, bath and maintain the well-being of our Siberian hybrid, Chu-Chu (Barocho) and my ever faithful cat (still biting my ankle), Jake Sparrow (lol!).
Other strayed cats who used to sleep ad chase rats at the nooks and crannies of the compound are now fond of my sight and let me touch their back and tap their heads.
And I'm missing my dog, Brownie and cats in the province.
I hope my mom and sister are faithfully feeding and taking care of them, too!
Even with rabies-the virus, this world will never be beautiful without cats and dogs.
Do you agree?
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Incubation of rabies virus vary from each person that got bitten by a dog or cat. It can be seven days ( a week) , seven months, seven years or more.
A grandmother who was confined at San Lazaro Hospital was said to be bitten by a dog when she was still a teenager. The usual first aid was done. She married and have grandchildren. But at her age of 80, the virus attacked her leading to her death inside the said medical institution.
As for me, I'm still grateful by the warning of my brother. That I should still undergo the anti-rabies treatment for goodness sake.
There are indicators why medical people don't want to put rabid dogs and cats, or even other animals such as goats, cows, carabaos or pigs to death.
Once your pet scratched or did bite you, symptoms of having rabies may fall into the following:
- Observe for 2 weeks or more if a dog will also get sick, even if it is already administered will anti-rabies vaccine.
- Stray dogs are more dangerous (those who are salivating and running without prompt direction) but doctors warned that never be lenient of the fact that it is still rabies even your pets are already treated prior to the biting incident.
- If the dog is afraid of light or water, then that's the indication that the rabies virus is in its system.
- If your cat is already showing aggressive mood unlike its normal playful state, then the virus is already in its body.
Note: I instilled my experiences of that dog bite on another hub. I also included my observations at the premises of San Lazaro Hospital, the only public hospital (LGU services are suddenly not available in my area here in Parañaque City, Philippines).
Me, having Anti-Rabies shot @ San Lazaro HospitalClick thumbnail to view full-size
Have you noticed the kitten asking for an anti-rabies, too?
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