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Beware of the Brown Recluse Spider

How dangerous is this ubiquitous creature?

| May/June 1984

As an amateur naturalist, I've always accepted the old maxim that advises, "If you don't bother it, it won't bother you." So I went happily about my business, feeling mildly sorry for all the small-bodied, long-legged spiders that were devoured by my vacuum cleaner each week, but otherwise leaving them unmolested.

However, one morning last summer my faith was betrayed. I swear to you that I didn't intentionally antagonize the little monster that had taken shelter in my old gardening jeans. All I did was bend over to pull some weeds, and the ill-tempered little beggar sunk his fangs into my leg. It didn't seem like much at the time . . . just a sting that hurt for a minute or two. At any rate, I forgot all about it (after making certain that the perpetrator was no longer among the living, of course) and went on about my chores.

That evening, though, while I was doing the supper dishes, my eyes and ears began to itch. And by the time I'd finished cleaning up the kitchen, the skin on my face and upper body had become red and irritated. At first, I thought that perhaps I was just having an allergic reaction of some sort . . . something that had happened several times before after a day in the garden. However, during the night I awoke with chills, nausea, and a severe pain in my thigh. I remembered about the bite, and after getting up and turning on the light to inspect my leg, I was horrified to discover that the flesh around the bite had turned a scary-looking deep purple and was beginning to crust over with some sort of hard shell.

Had I known then what I know now (how many times have you heard that old story?), I would have gone straight to the hospital emergency ward. As it was, I decided to tough it out until I could get in to see my own doctor late the following afternoon. Once I arrived there, he told me that I'd been bitten by a brown recluse spider. He "excised" the area of the bite (that's doctor talk for cutting the damaged tissue away), gave me an injection of cortisone, and then sent me home with a prescription for a painkiller.



For the next week, I felt as if demons were pricking my thigh with red-hot pitch-forks. Large blisters popped up all around the wound, forming dark brown, leathery scabs when they finally broke.

Then (worse yet) those scabs began to ooze a putrid, greenish yellow pus.

Earthman
3/11/2018 9:47:09 AM

I honestly couldn't of wrote this posany better myself. I've lived over 22 years of my 40 year old male body in Florida, having gone through this before never have seeken medical attention suffered for months & one day trying to shower lifted my leg to the explosion of site & my liquidated nuercrotic flesh coming out in cups is was terrible. Second time home at ol moms to spend some time with her as she's aging & I've done lost one brother already to a intoxicated d man but I won't go their. This bite I've been doing 100% natural rememedy 250$ in items from health food store & i was getting improvements even bentonite clay & following Phyliss Balchs book on nutrition healing. But it go so bad pain, heat, cellulitis & draining of my own inner flesh, so too family & I went to this country hospital not like in Florida being ranked very well but all these poor folks have. I thought it was a wastef time but I tried to stay their, they tried getting my pain level down ( anymore small towns have such drug problems getting good meds was near impossible but finally this man just came in, MEAN AS THE SPIDER, literally poked w/ near as hard and fast as possible with a local to deaden the pain, notiting one minute for me to say ok it is numb now he started to cut me open with scalpel ( bite on lower left back thigh ) as all hospital staff gathered to watch in glory I was iterally SCREAMING PLEASE STOP PLEASE, he needs to have some type of punishment for this but anyways he they squeezed my thigh area as hard as he could very agressively & then inserted large w tips into my open wound inches deep god it was such intense pain, I then said how's bout saline flushing this wound out & he looks at me & says " Oh what a great idea " then he left the room. ( thank God ) everyone doctors & nurses were like wow he's got great bedside manners huh, lol.. So I'm sent home long story short not I was told I had Mersa & sepsis ( blood poisioning ) & stopped by a local pharmacy got my antibiotic & home we went, now it's the next morning & I'm writting you all with a cut open skin, nothing for pain nurse says well our town has an opiod problem I said I don't had to pee for them upon admitting me in first place, now this treatment would never have happened home in Florida or tolerated by my doctor, he is a very kind & compassionate man., for hom I'm greatly missing right now. So please like the author & myself did, don't wait the antibiotics I'm on now are very potent. So I love all nature we use bee's & wasps to pollinate our foods, in other words we are to be in sync with nature but this spider to me has no use on Earth I know the almighty has a reason for all, but the Brown Recluse I can never fathom. I'm beat to all whom may read this I have to go to some wound clinic in a couple days, remove the packing of gauze in my wound, YES he then packed it, also painful I near fainted from all, teaching all staff a lesson I will still have pay this bill, I'm blessed & have insurance I just pray they will pay it being I'm in Missouri & insurance is out oFlorida, I will cross that ridge later, I just pray I make it till then, I'm told at this late stage I'm covered in MERSA. Swaps is is not to beayed with it can shut my heart down, I ask you all to learn from us & I pray you will wish the best for me. To you all w/ Love & Kindness, I'm just not a mid western boy, if I make it through this I'm to California to continue my career in plant science. For feeding & healing people is my goal, my life's mission. To grow & be ORGANIC. PS. If anyone wants to let any of us in on why we need this spider out of 7k species of others, I ask you to give your explanation to why we need this Lil bugger to say it nicely. Pleaseorgive any misspelled or grammer I wrote all this on my old 3GS iPhone , lol...


Earthman
3/11/2018 9:47:05 AM

I honestly couldn't of wrote this posany better myself. I've lived over 22 years of my 40 year old male body in Florida, having gone through this before never have seeken medical attention suffered for months & one day trying to shower lifted my leg to the explosion of site & my liquidated nuercrotic flesh coming out in cups is was terrible. Second time home at ol moms to spend some time with her as she's aging & I've done lost one brother already to a intoxicated d man but I won't go their. This bite I've been doing 100% natural rememedy 250$ in items from health food store & i was getting improvements even bentonite clay & following Phyliss Balchs book on nutrition healing. But it go so bad pain, heat, cellulitis & draining of my own inner flesh, so too family & I went to this country hospital not like in Florida being ranked very well but all these poor folks have. I thought it was a wastef time but I tried to stay their, they tried getting my pain level down ( anymore small towns have such drug problems getting good meds was near impossible but finally this man just came in, MEAN AS THE SPIDER, literally poked w/ near as hard and fast as possible with a local to deaden the pain, notiting one minute for me to say ok it is numb now he started to cut me open with scalpel ( bite on lower left back thigh ) as all hospital staff gathered to watch in glory I was iterally SCREAMING PLEASE STOP PLEASE, he needs to have some type of punishment for this but anyways he they squeezed my thigh area as hard as he could very agressively & then inserted large w tips into my open wound inches deep god it was such intense pain, I then said how's bout saline flushing this wound out & he looks at me & says " Oh what a great idea " then he left the room. ( thank God ) everyone doctors & nurses were like wow he's got great bedside manners huh, lol.. So I'm sent home long story short not I was told I had Mersa & sepsis ( blood poisioning ) & stopped by a local pharmacy got my antibiotic & home we went, now it's the next morning & I'm writting you all with a cut open skin, nothing for pain nurse says well our town has an opiod problem I said I don't had to pee for them upon admitting me in first place, now this treatment would never have happened home in Florida or tolerated by my doctor, he is a very kind & compassionate man., for hom I'm greatly missing right now. So please like the author & myself did, don't wait the antibiotics I'm on now are very potent. So I love all nature we use bee's & wasps to pollinate our foods, in other words we are to be in sync with nature but this spider to me has no use on Earth I know the almighty has a reason for all, but the Brown Recluse I can never fathom. I'm beat to all whom may read this I have to go to some wound clinic in a couple days, remove the packing of gauze in my wound, YES he then packed it, also painful I near fainted from all, teaching all staff a lesson I will still have pay this bill, I'm blessed & have insurance I just pray they will pay it being I'm in Missouri & insurance is out oFlorida, I will cross that ridge later, I just pray I make it till then, I'm told at this late stage I'm covered in MERSA. Swaps is is not to beayed with it can shut my heart down, I ask you all to learn from us & I pray you will wish the best for me. To you all w/ Love & Kindness, I'm just not a mid western boy, if I make it through this I'm to California to continue my career in plant science. For feeding & healing people is my goal, my life's mission. To grow & be ORGANIC. PS. If anyone wants to let any of us in on why we need this spider out of 7k species of others, I ask you to give your explanation to why we need this Lil bugger to say it nicely. Pleaseorgive any misspelled or grammer I wrote all this on my old 3GS iPhone , lol...







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