Wouldn't worry much about it. Thought all arachnids are venomous, there are only two you need to worry about, the brown recluse, which you've already met, and the black widow, whose bit is irksome to an adult but almost never fatal. Your specimen is neither.
posted on 07/04/2004 7:08:33 PM PDT
My black widow experience. I was in the Air Force, stationed at glorious Nellis AFB, NV. Went out in the box shed (where we kept all our boxes for reuse, hence the name "box shed") and was digging around for a packing box for an engine part. Got bit on the right fore arm and didn't even notice it. Next morning, I get up, right fore arm is swollen, hot to the touch, and red. Went to sick call. Physicians Assistant calls in a doctor, doctor asks a couple questions "dark places? warm places? etc etc" and tells me "Sergeant, you've been bitten by a black widow. There's nothing we can do for you now."
Nothing you can do for me? I'm thinking that's it - I'm dead, better get to legal and write a will - doc sees the look on my face and says "Oh - I mean, if you'd come in yesterday, we could have done this or that or the other thing. As it is, we'll give you some antibiotics for possible infection and put you on quarters for two days."
Dammit, Doctor - you really need to work on your bedside manner.
posted on 07/04/2004 8:06:02 PM PDT
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