Sunday, July 06, 2008

Ouch!

Sorry if this grosses anybody out, but this is the best representation of "what's new" around here...According to the clinic, it is a brown recluse spider bite.  I guess the purple ring and the growing center areas where the poison is dissolving my skin is very characteristic.  Now I am sure there are entomologists that would argue we are out of the spider's native territory, but just as many say that with the highly mobile population of the United States, and the tendency of this spider to hide in darker places, that it could just have easily been transported up here.  The best I can guess, I encountered this spider on  Thursday while pitching hay bales in the barn at work.  

The bite is right in the middle of my back, beneath my right shoulder blade.  There is no effective anti-venom for this spider's bite, and if I weren't as healthy as I am (so the clinic says), apparently it could be a lot worse.  Thank God for small things!  It still hurts like nothing I have ever encountered, so it has put a wrinkle in my usual workload around here...hence the time to post!

I've got lots of photos to update everyone, so we won't linger on the icky one...

7 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Ouch! Actually, there IS one effective treatment; it's actually like a small cattle prod with electric nodes sticking out. Using it neutralizes the poison of even poisonous snake bites! My cousin, a doctor has one and has used it on himself and some patients, but I don't know any more than that.

melanie said...

Unless your cousin is closer to me, I don't think I dare suggest such a thing to the doctors around here..so far Motrin is keeping the pain and feverish, queasy feeling in check. The mention of "cattle prod" creates a scary gleam in the eyes of folks...

Nice to be talking to you again!

Nancy K. said...

Oh, you poor thing!! And in such an unreachable spot! It must drive you crazy....

Heal fast and get your butt back on this blog!!

;-)

melanie said...

Nancy- it DOES drive me crazy, but it is probably better I can't see it and be messing with it all the time. I will say it has given me the perfect excuse not to wear a bra, (which at my age is a bit scary), but then again, I can stay home in the garden with my sagging bags, and be none the worse off! (*grin*) The Shetlands don't seem to mind a bit.

Karin said...

Ouch is right! I hope that feels better now?

Elysbeth said...

Iiiieeeeaa!

Hope you are feeling better.

Kathy said...

I had a friend who was bitten on a leg from a Brown Recluse...we won't go there. Just ehal, Kiddo! And make sure someone keeps an eye on it - if it gets bigger, see a Dr. immeidately!

I carry hay with short sleeves and this is a good reminder NOT to do that. Even in warm weather, I should wear long sleeves, etc. Then have to call 911 when I faint from heat prostration, eh?