I have mentioned it before, but my MIL has hosted students for at least the past 50 years through a group called Bloomington Worldwide Friendship. The students attend Indiana University and do not live with my in-laws. They are regular students, but without family here, they are invited to share holidays, etc with us...regular American folk!
|My MIL with Julia, Chen and Terrance|
|Me with all the "kids"...my own two on either side of me|
But, over the years as I have aged and become a mother, I realize how nice it is to be able to provide a tiny little feeling of home...albeit someone else's home, but a home none the less...to a "child" who is away from their own safe environment.
Most of the time for me now, I like to hear the student's stories. What brought them our way? What are their interest? How are they similar or different to my own children? What's their family like? How do they like our town? When else have they traveled in the US? My curiosity runs deep!
At dinner last Sunday, Chen, and I believe this is his last name but he was kind enough to go by it for my MIL since I bet she had trouble saying his real first name, mentioned having to get rabies shots! The light bulb went off in my head, THIS is the student my MIL mentioned was bitten by a bat!
Here's the article from our paper: HeraldTimesOnline.com
IU student bitten by rabid bat in dorm room
An Indiana University student was bitten in his sleep early last Wednesday morning by a rabid bat that apparently flew into his Teter Quad room, possibly through a torn window screen.
Indiana University spokesman Mark Land said the student, who was bitten on the hand, shook the bat off in the hallway and went back to sleep. The bat was later found alive in the hallway by a residential hall employee who called an IU environmental health services pest control worker, who collected the bat and sent it to the Indiana State Department of Health for testing. The bat, which died en route to the lab, was found to be infected with rabies.
“No one can recall the last time someone on campus has been bitten by a bat,” Land said. “There are certainly no shortage of bats around campus, but there were only three reports last year from people who found a bat in their room or in the Union. We can’t remember anyone being bitten prior to this incident.”
Land said the University is trying to determine precisely how the bat got into the student’s room, and checking areas around the dorm to make sure there are no bat infestations there.
The bitten student, along with his roommate and the pest control worker who transported the bat, are all undergoing a regimen of rabies shots — one dose of rabies immune globulin plus four doses of rabies vaccine over a 14-day period. The vaccine shots are given in the arm and are relatively painless, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.
“The student is doing fine as far as we know,” Land said.
Ken Severson, spokesman for the Indiana State Department of Health, said three bats have tested positive for rabies so far in 2012, all last week. Two of the bats were from Allen County and one was from Monroe County.
He said all bat bites must be reported to local health departments, adding that 33 bats tested positive in Indiana in 2011.
*****There was some more statistical and what to do information shares, but I am leaving that off here. *****
Chen told us the story in his own words. He had been sleeping and felt something large fall on him. In his sleepy state, he brushed off whatever it was and that is when he was bitten. He told us about his getting up and leaving the room. Then he realized his cell phone was still in the room...as was his sleeping roommate! The roommate slept on, even as Chen called for him again and again to wake up! At some point the bat did end up in the hallway. Big, burly male students were seen hiding in the bathroom trying to stay away from the bat, who was eventually caught.
I couldn't resist teasing Chen and asking him if he finds he has a craving for blood now. :) He laughed and then told how he was heading to class later on and walked up behind two students who were talking about the incident (obviously not knowing he was the Batman) and said they wondered if he could see his reflection in the mirror! Chen said he's heard a lot of Twilight/Vampire jokes. Of course I asked if I could have my picture with him...and I told him I'd be posting it on FB!
Chen happens to live in the same dorm as my own son, but a different wing. Yikes!
|Hootie with our local infamous, Batman!|