Posted by Don on 22:07:56 6/24/2010 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: Re: Dead Bat Scenario posted by John Fasoldt on 13:34:33 6/2/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
Just wanted to thank you again for your time and leave an update on our scenario just in case others may be in the same boat as we were and be looking for some advice.
We DID go ahead and go through with the rabies vaccinations for my fiancee. It was a series of four rounds of shots and the out-of-pocket cost was roughly $3200. Quite a bit of money for odds that were definitely stacked in our favor. I was not entirely thrilled with the money setback, but definitely was not going to question my fiancee when any argument against revolved around taking a risk with a life for the sake of money. It was a GRUELING decision to make; we certainly don't make a lot of money.
Here's why we decided to go through with the vaccine:
#1- I INSISTED she talk it over with her family members. Yes, I am going to be her husband, but I thought she needed to hear from family-people that have known her all of her life. All of them felt strongly about her not taking ANY risk- even one so minimal.
#2- When she got the referral from a doctor to get the vaccine, he noticed two very small unidentifiable marks that were parallel on the back of her neck. They looked more like scratches than anything else, but the doctor ruled out acne or blemishes when she explained that's what she thought it was.
#3- We found out from our state epidemiologist that the specific bat she found had tested positive for rabies in 5-6% of the cases in which they had been found and brought in in the last 2 years. Bats are normally sick to begin with if they make it in to your living quarters. This statistic definitely made us more nervous than the earlier "1% of the bat population is rabid" stat we had heard early on.
#4- We still did not know how long the bat had been in the house. She is rarely at her home (maybe 2-3 times a week) so it definitely was possible she could have not witnessed it for 3-4 weeks. That put her exposure in an unknown time frame.
#5- The original cost in our area FAR exceeded the $3200 mark we had been quoted by an small, independent healthcare provider from the opposite side of the state. When we got smart and looked outside our region and found something we could work with, it made the decision a little less gut-wrenching.
FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THIS SAME KIND OF WEIRD SITUATION, IT IS IMPORTANT TO LOOK OUTSIDE OF YOUR AREA AND PRICE AROUND-PRICE SERIOUSLY FLUCTUATE. SOME COUNTIES ADMINISTER VACCINES AT THEIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND SOME TOWNS CAN GIVE YOU THE VACCINE IN THE LOCAL SAFEWAY PHARMACY. OUR SITUATION WAS ONE WHERE NO ONE WITHIN A 75 MILE RADIUS WOULD ADMINISTER THE VACCINE OUTSIDE OF AN EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT AT A HOSPITAL!!! That would mean the costs of 5 emergency room visits, easily tacking on thousands of dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyways, the decision has been made and this small health care clinic we found has even allowed us to make monthly payments on most of the bill.
It has been a weight off of our shoulders and I feel for anyone that has to make such a tough decision from such an odd scenario. I hope I may help anyone that ends up in anything similar.
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