Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Bleh - Serious Spider Bite

On Saturday, right after I put on my jammie bottoms, I felt an itch - you know, similar to an itch you get from a mosqito bite.

Sunday came and I was fine until the afternoon. The itch had escalated to a full blown pinch. Just imagine someone constantly pinching your skin. I was finally in a place where I could look at it, and the redness was the size of my palm and there was a bruise in the middle.

J said he saw a brown recluse in the living room - which is where I was bitten. :(

So I decided to go to the emergency room on Sunday afternoon. They gave me an oral anti-biotic and a pain killer (or Rush Limbah pills, as J calls them). The nurse drew a circle around the infected area and told me if the redness increases, to follow up with my doctor as soon as possible.

As luck would have it, I got a low grade fever and the redness started to swell the next day. So off to the doctor's office I went. I got some type of antibiotic shot and another course of antibiotics.

Here's what the injury looks like right now.

This is located on the back of my right knee and is very uncomfortable right now. I have a follow up with the doctor tomorrow at 10 to see if I need to get plastic surgery. The nurse is very concerned that the wound has not opened up.

So, folks, don't forget to shake out your clothes before putting them on!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My sympathies.
I was bitten by a ... something ... when I was little. Maybe it was a spider, but who knows?
I was also given medication and strictly warned not to run around or play for a while.
(It seemed like forever.)

Good luck with your recovery.
janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca