I have been driving myself crazy with a fear of rabies for the past month or so. I feel now like I have lost control of my mind. It started a month ago when a random (but vaccinated) dog scratched me. I thought the worst and started googling about rabies. That's when I learned about bats. Having found a dead bat near my apartment and seen bats flying overhead, I started to convince myself that I had been bitten by the dead bat (that naturally must have had rabies) and contracted it that way. My fear progressed a little when, while camping a week ago, I felt a sharp pain on my head. I looked around and saw nothing but then convinced myself it had to have been a bat that flew into my head and bit me! The latest incident happened this morning. My dog had brought a stick in the apartment and when I reached into her mouth to take the stick away, she got defensive and bit me, multiple times. She's 15 and a curmudgeon. Anyhow, I have now been telling myself the stick (which was damp) somehow had rabies on it and when she bit me, I got whatever was on the stick in my skin. Can someone please talk some sense into me? I cannot continue living with this paralyzing anxiety. Right now I am awaiting blood test results to see if I have an autoimmune disease, and that in itself is causing enough worry. Now to be constantly thinking about rabies is really starting to make me feel like I am not grounded in reality. Any comfort/advice would be much appreciated!