By Lynne Marshall

I remember hearing horror stories as a kid about rabies which involved lots of drooling and convulsions and pain in humans, and more pain with the treatment.  As a small child the urban legend had grown to hundreds of foot-long needles getting jabbed into my stomach for the rest of my life!  I held my middle and leaned away from the imparter of the terrorizing story (usually my older brother) and screamed in fright.

It is always tragic to hear about a child (or anyone) being bitten by a stray dog when no one can find the dog, so the child has to go through the rabies treatment to be safe.

The good news is, the treatment for rabies, like so many other things in life, has come a long way baby!  I’ll come back to that in a bit.

You’re probably scratching your head about now and wondering why I’ve got a gorgeous man on a book cover as my lead picture, a title including bats, and yet I’m rabbiting on about rabies and modern treatments for same.

Oh, yee of little faith in me, there is a method to my madness.  Yes, I may be a tad mad but I do continue to have a method.

In Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous my current July release from Harlequin Medical Romance™, I have a secondary story involving a young girl, a bat bite, and potential rabies. You’re probably shaking your head to make sure you read that right.  Rabies in a romance?  Well – isn’t that the beauty of Medical Romance?  Isn’t the medical part of the equation of Medical Romance what sets it apart from the rest of contemporary romance?

Here’s what I learned from my research on the treatment to prevent rabies:

  • One-time injection of rabies human immune globulin at site of bite – Day one
  • Injection of first in series of protective anti-rabies vaccine. This is also given on day one, and can be given in the deltoid muscle, thigh or buttocks.
  • The series of injections are given over a fourteen day period – Days 1, 4, 7 & 14.
  • Here’s the beautiful part – only four injections are required!
  • Even  more beautiful – prior to 2009 there was a fifth dose which has now been     deemed unnecessary.

No more twenty-one shots in the stomach over six weeks or whatever it used to be.

Now let’s get back to something more romantic.  Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous?

Surgeon Jared Finch is causing a storm in Nurse Practitioner Kasey McGowan’s clinic!  She’s got better things to think about, but what’s a girl to do when Jared’s been nicknamed Dr. Tall, Dark, and Gorgeous?  She comes with baggage, he’s got a whole baggage carousel—and giving in to their attraction risks everything.  But the Desire is oh-so-tempting…

Won’t you come visit my small medical clinic in Everett, Massachusetts and get to know Kasey and Jared as they fight for their happily ever after.

Until Next week, make it a great one!                                                                                         Love,                                                                                                                                                  Lynne

For those who’d like to read a little more about the blog topic.  Go here for bat bites and treatment. And for a history of rabies in Los Angeles County go here.


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