2 days ago, I was attacked by her, viciously.
Since she has joined us, and become my personal lap warmer over the past 3 months? she has woken up from her sleep a couple of times with what seems like night terrors. She hisses, grabs what’s closest, and runs...usually. But, once she’s wide awake, she’s fine, and repentant. It’s not happened for a while.
But, this time, I was typing, and she was in my lap, draped over my arm, sleeping, which is how we usually are, and she jumped out of her sleep, at the same time grabbing my arm about an inch below the elbow, shaking it violently, like a dog with a toy, but latched on. I couldn’t get her off for a couple of seconds.
Then, she ran into the living room. I have an area on my arm that’s more than 2”x2” of lumpy bruise, scratch, and tooth marks, one fang went deep. It hurts to my shoulder, and to bend my wrist.
She’s totally normal now, but I’ve not allowed her back in the room. She looked very upset afterward, when Dh went in to see her.
Even if she’s fine, other than night terrors, she could never, ever, be in my lap again. It’s not on purpose, but what if that had been my neck or face? I wouldn't want a repeat even on my arm. It was really vicious when it happened.
We called the vet, and he is reporting it in a bite report. He's a mandated reporter.
He suggests that we turn Nefertiti in to be tested for rabies. He's says that it's too serious not to, with me having been bitten. The health dept. will call tomorrow.
We can opt to keep her confined for 6 months, he thinks, but for the sake of the humans, we need to know sooner, in case we have to have a rabies series. He recommends testing, and not taking the chance.
I don't think that we can take the chance. If she's sick, we've already been exposed to her for a while.
Besides which, I cannot allow anyone else to be exposed until we know. What if Ds was exposed? And, that means that the baby absolutely cannot come over, or be visited, until this is resolved.
Regardless, he suggests boosters for all the critters, even if she comes up negative.
It's been a long couple of days.
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