Rat Poison

I’m addicted to rat poison?  What! How? 

Let me explain. 

But first, some context:

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MSNBC – Reports

The EPA reported that these rat poisons “are, by far, the leading cause of (pesticide-related) visits to health care facilities in children under the age of 6 and the second leading cause of hospitalization.”

Poisoned children can suffer internal bleeding, coma, anemia, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, bloody urine and bloody stools. Authorities have known for decades that thousands of children each year are exposed — although, fortunately, most are not seriously injured.

Known as anti-coagulants, the chemicals prevent blood from clotting or coagulating. One is known as warfarin — the same chemical sold to people as Coumadin, a prescription blood thinner. A new “super toxic” strain of rodenticide was developed in the 1970s because it required only a single dose to kill a rat. The Brand names include Havoc, Talon, Contrac, Maki, Ratimus and d-CON Mouse Pruf II

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Warfarin is an anticoagulant drug sometimes given to humans after strokes and heart attacks. The drug thins the blood and prevents it from clotting, allowing the blood to move more easily through the body’s arteries. Warfarin also works to prevent the blood of mice and rats from clotting. Rodent baits containing Warfarin work by thinning the blood of the animal until it bleeds to death internally. Mouse baits containing Warfarin generally work well and have a low incidence of secondary poisoning when the poisoned mice are consumed by scavengers and other animals.


“Given in sufficient amounts warfarin will cause animals to bleed to death. For this reason is has been used as a poison to eliminate rats and mice. Warfarin works by binding to and interfering with the activity of an enzyme that produces some of the clotting factors that are essential for blood clotting.”


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Yes, this “warfarin” is serious stuff!

But what  does warfarin have to do with me?  Well, when used medically, it is called coumadin.  And I’ve been taking it for years as a result of a significant family of strokes.  My mother one from which she survived.  And one from which she didn’t!

And I had two.  One in which I I went right back to work; and the one which I have survived but still don’t take seriously!  I need monthly blood checks.  And nightly doses of blood thinners.  Frequently, I don’t take them.

And this, dear reader, is what happened.  Actually, no one really knows what happened to me for certain.  There was an over-dose or an under-dose.  No one will say for sure.   One day, in 2002, as I was getting to work, I said to my wife, “I don’t feel good”.  Within minutes, I was puking all over the car, unconscious!  Thankfully, I lived less than a mile from a well-known regional medical center, was rushed to the emergency room, and had an immediate brain surgery.  I was told I had ‘coded’ three times before I recovered.  I was unconscious for several weeks.

Dramatic?  Yes; of course.  But here’s the rub.  Once in a while, I still forget to take my medicine!  My wife cries with shock and anger: “Are you trying to kill yourself!!!?”

And I don’t know?  Am I?  Or am I being my manic self, feeling invincible, too busy to pay attention, caught up in minutiae to pay heed to my real life-or-death needs?

And does it matter?  Take your f@@king medicine, you $%*&~#@!.  Please, I beg you!

So here’s the plan.  I look at this blog many times a day.  I look at the heading:  Help Me:  I’m Addicted To Rat Poison!  I ask myself, “Have I taken my medicine today?”

I live another day.

Sounds like a plan to me!!


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2 thoughts on “Rat Poison

  1. The behavior of pets is the direct responsibility of the owner. Don’t want your pet to ingest rat poison? Then keep it under control and away from people’s residences who do use it. A dead rat is a much higher priority to me than the health of your poorly managed lapdog.

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