|Forum topic by Sac||posted 07-05-2008 11:29 PM||10408 views||0 times favorited||35 replies|
07-05-2008 11:29 PM
For information on this critter please read about the Brown Recluse Spider here. I’ve never given thought to this hazard in the workshop. I use mothballs in the garage along the walls and in the 2 closets we have in the garage and hard to get to places like behind the freezer. Mice don’t like moth balls. I’ve never seen a spider or it’s web where there were moth balls also.
The reason I mention the Brown Recluse Spider is that they are or could be a danger to you if your not sure what to look for in it’s bite. The other day when I ran across the wonderful lumber I purchased I was about to load a piece and noticed three egg sacks. I don’t know what type of spider egg sack it was. As I have done in the past I just pinched them all three togather to kill the eggs or little ones inside. I hate Spiders! Yes some are beneficial but in general I hate spiders! Well when I pinched the three egg sacks togather of course the usual, the egg sacks oozed the contents. But this time was different than all the other times. I felt several pin pricks on the tip of my right hand index finger. It immediatly started swelling up. Not to bad but about the size of a a half a dime in length and about 1/16 to 1/8 in size. It bothered me for a moment since this was a first. All I could first think about was a friend of mine I use to work with and his Brown Recluse Spider Bite.
Well within 15-20 minutes as I continued to load lumber the pain eventually went away (very minor pain) but the swelling remained and there is still remnants of the swelling but not so much as it is calloused over.
On our Nations birthday yesterday when I was disassembling my old lumber rack in preperation to build my new one, I was on the last bottom rail piece removing some screws about 1730. I saw the spider drop and I simply smashed it up against the wood rail piece. Within seconds the outside of my third finger on my left hand started to swell. I though to myself, “Wow, umm did I pull a tendon or tear any of the muscle in that finger” as I worked to clean up the area when the old lumber rack siit I could feel a little more swelling and even some swelling in the palm area where the finger and hand meet. A little odd feeling. I looked at the finger nad couldn’t tell what had happened. Then I thought about the possability of the spider biting me.
As the evening went on, feeding the horses and goats, showers and then getting the ribs off the grill. We had a nice dinner on the deck watchig the local fireworks off in the distance and watching the Pigeon Forge fireworks show way off in the distance. I often felt more swelling in my palm Oh I did for get to mention that when I lshut up the garage for the night and went in the house I told my wife that I thought I had been bitten. She gave me three bynedryle.
We sit and watch the fireworks for several hours and went in to watch a movie about 2230 I could feel a little more pain the the finger and the palm area and the right outside area of my forearm from hand to elbow. We turned the upper light on to take a look and then I could finally confirm a spider bite. I called the Er just to see if I should come in. Sheesh the girl on the other end was rude and had no answers for me. I came and then pulled up a search on the Brown Recluse . Well it sure looked like what I saw. I had the discoloration and bruising like affect in the outside and bottom area of the finger. I did as the web site recommended. I gathered the left over pieces in a baggie and went to the ER. By the time I got there the actual brusing had spread to the area where the finger joints the hand.
First thing I learned is that the ER doctors can’t confirm the type of bite until 12-24 hours have passed. They couldn’t ID the left over spider parts I brought in. I should have just cut that small area of the wood out when the spider was a little more recognizable. He did express a little concern and went through the questions of any other symptoms. All were negative. By this time thearea in the upper left forarm woould get rigid when it hurt. The doc confirmed the route of the nerve of that finger. He did give a tetenus as recommended in the DDR (Doctors Desk Reference) and a prescription for an antibiotic call keflef or something like that. I never read the prescription form and my wife is getting it filled for me since she went out to do a little shopping. I have some PenVK but the dioc said this was better for this kind of possible infection.
Here it is 24 hours later. I am relieved that there is no signs of any dead tissue at this time. I still have the spider in the baggie as the doc said hang on to it just in case I have to come back. The bruising is still there along with the area that is swelled. It’s nothing major to look at thank God.
So when working around your shop just try to beware of this spider. I’ve seen 100’s of black widows and know their tell tale signs of the web they create and the areas they prefer to live. I’ve seen hundreds of these brown recluse spiders but just never held onto one between a board and my ahnd before. I never felt the bite. So Please beware folks. And if you suspect a bite go see your Doc asap or head off to the ER. Keep in mind what I said about the 12-24 hour windowof identifying the type of bite. In a more populous area your doctors may know as soon as they see the bite.
Sorry for the long read. I know mine can get boring.