Hello, I am new to anxiety zone. I have been a long time lurker because reading that others have the same issues as me makes me feel a little better about whatever is bothering me at the time.
Recently, about a month ago, I was bitten by a rat, it was a large feeder rat from Petco that was intended to be fed to a snake, but the snake was shedding at the time and did not want to eat it. So my ex-roommate kept it as a pet, and she has owned it for about two years at this point. The only other contact I know of that it has had besides being in the store/near feeders was to another feeder rat from Petco, same situation, that was it's wife, but she ended up giving it away because the two rats had a lot of children, over and over.
Anyway... that's the story behind the rat. What happened was pretty much I had a finger on the rim of the cage, and the rat lifted it's head up and nicked me. I was bleeding, It bit both sides of my finger on the left hand on the first finger from the pinky. I immediately ran to the kitchen and washed it with soap and warm water. I then had my boyfriend take me to the hospital, the doctor told me that rats do not commonly carry rabies and they see no point in treating me, that I was fine and did not have it. I accepted the verdict and went home. I was fine for a few days, but after three or so days I was reminded of rabies, became horrified and went back. The doctor once again told me that I had 0% chance, and he would've treated me had I had any chance at all. I accepted it, went home, and was upset from then on that I could /possibly/ have rabies.
I started to get mucus build up in my throat, it went away now but is still there faintly. My hand where I was bit and the two middle fingers, including the one bit, have started to hurt sometimes, not pins and needles, but they do hurt. I am scared of everything that happens to me and constantly think it is rabies. Whenever I see something I think I've seen before or have a "deja vu" feeling I instantly relate it to dying, and dying from rabies. I do not want to die from rabies, it is my worst fear now, and I really never thought of it before.
The rat was apparently fine 10-14 days after, it was eating, and drinking, and hadn't died. She recently got rid of it, by letting it go, because she no longer could afford the rat and was living in a storage unit. I am not sure if I trust the rat was fine. I am so afraid.
Needless to say I have not slept very well, and I am constantly worrying. I want peace of mind, I want to feel okay.