What are the chances of getting bit by a brown recluse, a black widow and fracturing a bone in your foot, all within two days?
While this will sound like a poor, pitiful me post, it is not. My bestfriend’s daughter was in a terrible auto accident last week and was seriously injured, has had several surgeries and will be in the hospital for weeks and it will be months before she can walk again so I know I’m a lucky girl in so many ways. I’ve had a temporary setback.
I knew this was coming. We’re over run with spiders, scorpions, snakes and who knows what else.
1. Friday morning I woke up with a bite on my leg. I was pretty sure it was a spider bite. It didn’t hurt or sting but it kinda itched and a huge circle was red, hard and felt hot. We looked up on the internet and felt pretty sure it was a brown recluse bite and we watched it to see if it got any worse or looked like we should go to the doctor. By Saturday night, it was looking better and wasn’t bothering me much.
2. This morning (Sunday), when I went to get out of bed . . always so excited to face the day . . I swung my right foot over the bed and banged it hard against the wooden sideboard and the doctor thinks the bone in the side of my foot is fractured. We’re waiting on x-ray results. The radiologist isn’t in on Sunday so it will be tomorrow before we know. If it is cracked, I’ll have to go back tomorrow and get a boot (hopefully, a boot without spiders!). Not so sure working in the garden or dealing with chickens is going to be easy for the next few weeks but . . it could have been worse but honestly . . how hard is it to fracture a bone before ever putting your foot on the floor in the morning?
3. Here’s where it gets bad! My foot was hurting but I knew I had to pick beans and cut okra. I know to shake out my boots. What I do is hit them on the back of the heel on the concrete several times, then look inside to see if there’s anything that’s fallen to the back. I did that and nothing. I put the boots on, hobbled out to the chickens, played with them for a few minutes, then I’d picked 2 rows of beans. I felt something stinging my toes on my right foot. I though . . there must be something prickly in my boot . . knowing it couldn’t be a spider because I’d shaken my boots out well. I felt stinging again and decided I’d better take the boot off and investigate. There it was . . a black widow and I got several bites on my toe. One thing we read said you didn’t have to go to the E.R. Another thing said seek immediate medical attention so we went to the E.R.
Vince put the spider in a zipper bag and we took it with us and went to the E.R.
They only give the ante venom if you’re experiencing difficult breathing or severe cramping. I was not . . I just experienced extreme stinging and as I write this, almost 4 hours later, it still stings just like it did when it first happened. I was very lucky in that it was a male and the females are way more dangerous than the males. Some websites say males don’t sting . . I’m telling you they do!
The doctor was more concerned about the bite on my leg from Friday, which they think is a brown recluse bite. I didn’t see the spider as it happened during the night . . in my bed!
They gave me antibiotics, topical ointment, and pain meds.
I’m trying to stay calm and not let frustration get the best of me but I’m telling you . . the bugs and snakes and spiders . . it’s about more than I can take.