27. Bats are everywhere, so grab your gas mask.
“Former ED nurse here. A few years back, a lady came in concerned that she’d bumped her head, and it was just after Liam Neeson’s wife died in a skiing accident, so she was scared she’d have the same thing. She insisted that we had to get her taken care of in an hour before her husband got home. He’d told her already that she was overreacting, and she didn’t need to get checked out. So, she had to trick him into driving the next town over to check on their college-age daughter. (Apparently, the lady convinced her to help out with the trick), so she could sneak out to the Emergency Room.
Now here’s the best part. The whole time I’m getting her story, her medical history, vital signs, etc., she’s got a gas mask hanging around her neck. Like, a WWII kind of deal, a really big and bulky full-face gas mask. So, finally, I ask her, what’s with the mask? And she says, ‘it’s because of the bats!’ Then I get the story of how her attic is infested with bats. And she says it’s against the law to kill them. (I don’t know if that’s true, maybe it is). So she put out mothballs all over the house to drive out the bats. But, the smell is so strong she has to wear a gas mask. It’s so bad she has to sleep at a friend’s house. She was okay, though. Her husband came and took her home.” – Redacted