Six months ago in June, when I got bit by a raccoon that was being unusually "dopey" in its behavior, I posted my concerns elsewhere (not on this site) but was too embarrassed to check up on the replies because I had visited my doctor within that time and he said that, because there were no visible bite marks (and based on other information I'd given him), there was no need to get a booster. My anxiety was very stubborn, but somehow I got over it... ._.
I thought that the raccoon had "missed" his bite, though. He lunged for my foot but I only felt something on one of my toes (I was wearing sandals) and while I felt what I thought was a tooth or a claw, it was a very dull feeling and not sharp at all. When he walked off I knelt down and studied the area (and I mean I glued my eyes to my foot
) immediately thereafter. No blood, no marks, and not even a tint of red on the skin. When I got home I doused
the area--even the underside of my foot--with rubbing alcohol just to make sure there were no "invisible cuts" I wasn't seeing. Nothing stung, which made me believe that there was no skin punctured (and therefore no rabies to worry about). After that I sanitized myself.
Three days ago I started coming down with something. It started off like the usual colds I end up getting, with a sore throat that fades as soon as stuffy/runny noses, coughing and all that not-so-fun stuff comes in. But even though the symptoms were unusually mild compared to the other bugs I've gotten, it left me feeling aches, pains and generally like I got smacked five times over by a bus. I've even got pretty noticeable muscle fatigue and aching all around which is also something colds never give me, so I went to the doctor's today to get a flu test which came back negative. I'd feel pretty glad about that but for two reasons --
1. Unfortunately, down here in Texas (I hope you don't imagine me talking in a western accent now haha) near Houston, there is an outbreak of a "mysterious illness" that begins like the flu but once you begin feeling better (which I kind of am), hits you with acute pneumonia which everyone thus far has had to go into the ICU for. Not many doctors are able to identify it yet. I'd noticed a weird pattern of patients going into the office with complaints, getting sent home, and then going to the ER a day or two later.
2. It REALLY feels like the flu unless I've just been hit by a vicious cold... But then my mind goes back to the rabies incident (especially because it supposedly starts off with flu-like symptoms). Because it set my anxiety off so much at the time, I ended up doing a LOT of research as to the symptoms and how long it takes for rabies to set in depending on the bite location. Since it was basically on my toe (the farthest away from the brain you can get), I'd given a few months of leeway for it to travel until I allowed myself to "let it go." The side of the toe the bite was on has been itching kind of, but admittedly that was only after my brain went "Hey, remember you were bitten there!" and now it's probably only itching because of the irritation I'd given it from scratching at it. I can't sleep at night no matter how heavy my eyes are or how much I try, which I end up attributing to insomnia which also is a symptom of rabies (and something I don't have otherwise). I take the muscle fatigue/sudden onsets of limb stiffness I feel and attribute that to my limbs gradually going out...
... Basically this is a very bad time to get sick. If it's not the aforementioned "mysterious illness", then it's rabies; if it's not rabies, then it's the aforementioned "mysterious illness"... at least until I'm in good health again. Which is why I want to sleep so much, to get my body working on shoving this garbage out of me, but stress is keeping me awake and it feels like this is taking forever to get over. x_x I'm generally a very logical thinker, but when it comes to illnesses that threaten my mortality not even logic is too reassuring and I keep insisting that the doctors are missing something crucial. It's a mess..