Today has been a day of terrible losses…
- I brought my brother to the airport. He’s headed to Louisiana and going to be there for a while. I don’t know what’s so different because he’s always out anyway, but home feels empty and incomplete. My brother and I might not be that close but I will miss him.
- On our way to the airport, my dad called my mom. He told her the news that our dog, Rain, is dead. Rain has been with us for more or less 7 years. She’s adorable and protective. She doesn’t want to be touched though by other people aside from the family. She bites those that she doesn’t know. She’s a guard dog even though she’s not built to be one.
- We have three dogs, Rain, Panda and Yuki. Rain and Panda are girls, and Yuki is a boy. Panda has always been jealous of Rain because we always scratch Rain’s tummy. Panda on the other hand is a Dachshund. As most people may know, Dachshunds like attention. We have to admit that we like Rain more, but Rain has been with us longer than Panda. When Yuki came, Panda became more violent and got more jealous. Yuki tries to reproduce with Rain but it was Rain that didn’t want to. Panda always attacked Rain so we have to keep one in a cage. A little less than two weeks ago, Panda got out of the cage and attacked Rain. Rain got wounded and one of her foot seemed to be broken. She can’t walk properly and was literally falling down when she tries to walk. My mom asked the driver to take her to the vet but the stupid driver insisted that she’ll be fine and my mom believed him. Several days after, she died.
- Rain had become more cranky. She doesn’t want dogs in proximity to her, including Yuki. Last Sunday, Yuki was smelling her while I was scratching her tummy. She turned to Yuki and barked at him. My arm was grazed. It was only a scratch and it wasn’t too bad. I washed it with soap and water and asked my parents if I should go to the doctor and if Rain has had her shots. My parents are insane. They comforted me telling me Rain has had her anti-rabies shots and I should be okay.
- Today, Tuesday, we decided to get the shots while I am on my day off. I told the orthopedic that I was bitten last Sunday at the arm. She asked to see it and she asked me why had I only gone to her now. She told me for such cases when the bite is on the arm, the rabies is quicker to reach the brain. She told me to go to San Lazaro or the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. We quickly went on our way to San Lazaro while I searched for Animal Bite Centers around the area. I didn’t want to go all the way to Manila just to get shots. Good thing I have internet on my phone. We found one nearer which is in Taytay. I called up the number. I told them I was bitten last Sunday and on the arm. They said I should go there and they’ll look at it.
- We were there around 12:45 pm. I was checked around 1:15 pm. The doctor basically feared that since Rain died, it might be rabies. He advised us to have Rain autopsied. We called my dad and asked him to dig up Rain and bring her to the vet. My dad called back saying that the vet doesn’t do that but the ones at the Philippine Animal Health Center (PAHC) does. So we planned the driver to take Rain to PAHC.
- The doctor then told me that I have to take 4 shots of anti-rabies plus some antibiotics and other medicine. He says it’s not that bad that I would have to be taken to San Lazaro. If it bled and the blood dripped, I would have to be taken there. Good thing it didn’t. He did warn me though that most rabies cases take 1-7 years before it infects the person. After 7 years, there’s a big chance that the person is already safe. He also warned me that in the Philippines, no patient has survived rabies. Basically, I have 7 years to live. If I go beyond that, I may still be infected but there’s very little chance that would happen. The doctor reassured me though that the shots he would give me will prevent all of that from happening. I don’t really know what’s with doctors and scaring patients. I also had Anti-Tetanus shots to be safe.
- We got home and Rain was rushed to PAHC for autopsy. Tomorrow, we will learn if Rain died of her injury, or rabies.
- Later on, my sister was looking for her iTouch that I had been playing earlier. We can’t find it in my bags, nor my mom’s bag nor the car. Now she’s telling me I would have to buy her a new one.
I’m beginning to think I really don’t like this day.