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Old 04-15-2008, 04:41 PM   #16
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:51 PM   #17
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Well, funny this is about spiders! I have been working on a complete restoration on my house, and sometime Saturday, I got bit by something. I have never been allergic to ANY bites by anything, but boy O' boy, I can't say this anymore. I have seen both Brown Recluse, as well a a bunch of the Black Widow spiders here, and something tells me one of those dern "widows" got me! I didn't notice it until Saturday evening...it looked like a pimple, but it felt different. I believe I got bit half way down my shin. Well, the first day it did hurt, but not that bad. Come Monday, my entire lower leg was getting sore. Now today (Tuesday) my leg is so sore, its hard for me to walk without a bad limp. The bite was on the outside of my shin, but it is now sore from my ankle, to almost my knee. Also, the soreness has gone to the other side of the bone as well. It seems the swelling has now moved into the muscle, and man, its sore. I started putting an ice-pack on it tonight, and it seems that the swelling has gone down a bit. I lost my health insurance a few years ago, which is the reason why I haven't gone to the doctor yet. If it gets any worse, I may have to.

Has anyone here ever been bit by a Black Widow before? I am curious as to what kind of problems you had. I have been biten by many things, including scorpions, and nothing has done this to me. It seems I am not allergic to the poison much. I really don't know what bit me, I just know that I have been bitten many times by other "critters", never with a reaction like this. So I am assuming it was a Black Widow. They are all over the place around here. I have not had any of the common symptoms with the bite, except for the soreness and swelling. Any advice on anything I can do myself? Its a *itch being poor,, if you know what I mean. LOL
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:49 AM   #18
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_r...Bite_treatment

Myself, I would just go to the local ER or one of those emergi care centers and have them look at it. Nothing to fool with.

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Old 04-23-2008, 06:26 AM   #19
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Let us know how your doing Bofus! I hope you went to the doctor, no reason to wait it out!
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:31 AM   #20
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Thanks guys for your concern. I used a lot of ice on it last night, and kept my leg elivated, and so far this morning, the swelling has got down quite a bit. If I were to go to the emergency room, I wouldn't get out of there without oweing at least $500 to $1000 bucks! This is something I truly can't afford. Unless there is no other choice. There is a Doctor I have been to before, who is one heck of a Doctor. It things get worse, I will see him. At least it doesn't seem I'm having any kind of allergic reaction,,,,so far that is. It has now been 4 days, so if that were to happen, it should have already happened by now. A slight fever for a few days, but not that bad. I very rarely EVER have to see a Doctor. Before I lost my health insurance, I had a complete check up, and everything was OK. Before that, the last time a saw a doctor was over 30 years ago.

I'll keep you posted as to what happens, or if my leg falls off!

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Old 04-23-2008, 08:59 AM   #21
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Well I am glad your doing ok, I guess after a few days the critical part has passed. Although with a recluse bite it could fester up and last a long time. I have only been bitten by run of the mill spiders before, living in Missouri we have TONS of b.recluses and black widows.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:14 PM   #22
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Well, after going to work this morning, the pain came back with a vengence. I finally went to a Doctor, and he said definately NOT a brown recluse bit. It could be a widow though. Definate spider bite. (I hate spiders) He said it was badly infected, so I got a shot of antibiotics, and a prescription. Have to go back Friday for a follow-up. Will keep you posted.

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Well, after going to work this morning, the pain came back with a vengence. I finally went to a Doctor, and he said definately NOT a brown recluse bit. It could be a widow though. Definate spider bite. (I hate spiders) He said it was badly infected, so I got a shot of antibiotics, and a prescription. Have to go back Friday for a follow-up. Will keep you posted.

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Oh crap! Hopefully that takes care of it! Did you happen to spray the area before you worked in it? I would have the entire area dripping before doing anything!
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Thanks guys for the support. My leg is still sore and swollen, but hopefully, I am on the minds. One good thing about this bite. This stupid spider that bit my leg may have saved my life.(not trying to be over dramatic). I found that my blood pressure is dangerously high! How about 171/107! Well, the Doc said it could be because of all the poison in my system, but it should NOT be that high. He is going to check me out again in a few days, and probably put me on some blood pressure pills. He informed me that the pills,, Wal-Mart sells the prescription for only $4.00. Thats good to know. I don't know if I should be mad at that stupid spider, or be thanking it. Go figure.....

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Wow! Bofus, I hope some meds help get that blood pressure under control. As a kid, my mom read us a book that had the refrain, "be nice to spiders". The moral was that spiders do good things for people, even if we think they're creepy.

The story crept so deeply into my psyche that I am still reluctant to squish a spider. That is, unless the come into the shower, then they're toast.
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Yeah, I hear you on that. To be completely honest with you, I really hate to kill any living thing. Don't get me wrong, I will not live with these pests in my house, if I can help it, but to go out and kill a living thing does NOT bring me any pleasure. When I was youger, I was scared to death of spiders, but until now, they never bothered me. I'll even leave the Black Widows alone, if they don't bother me. However, NOW, I can't take that chance anymore. My leg is just as bad as it was yesterday, and I will be seeing the doctor tomorrow morning. I have NEVER had anything do this to me. Of course, I have never been this age before either. I hope to be getting on some sort of blood pressure meds as well.

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rather than cause your house to be an environmental disaster area, why don't you just try to spend some time with the spiders and get to know them. you might end up having a bunch of nice spider pets. they are very smart and not too hard to train. before you know it, you will have the spiders doing back flips and hand stands, and maybe walking on little barrels or swinging on miniature trapeezes.
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I can hardly waite. There was a Black Widow I saw a while back, that had an egg sack opened, and a whole bunch of the little buggers all over the place. Now these would be easy to train.

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