Okay, so in the movie “Spiderman”, Tobey MacGuire gets bitten by a spider and becomes Spiderman…Some guys have all the luck! I got bitten by a spider and ended up the the hospital overnight.
A few nights ago I was resting in the van and felt a sharp sting. That’s nothing new when you live in a van. Mosquitoes bite all the time. Then I felt a little tickling and slapped the shirt against the belly, apparently killing whatever it was, presumably a spider. Exhausted from work, I fell back to sleep.
This is the arm on the third day. The welt in the picture is just below the armpit (lower right) and it is the skin on the underside of the arm. It was so swollen that the docs at the hospital decided to numb it up and try to drain it. Thankfully, they didn’t have to start carving into it.
After several does of I.V. antibiotics, the docs let me go this morning although I think they were reluctant due to the size of the area and how it had spread. That means antibiotics 4x a day for the next ten days. Is the area painful? Yes – particularly when the shirt rubs on it.
Just in case the creepy crawler had some friends and relatives living in the van, I washed the bedding and set off a bug fogger (aka bug bomb). It just seemed like a good idea. The local Ace Hardware had a package of four of the Raid Concentrated Deep Reach Foggers for about $6. It might be a good idea to set one off every month until the cold weather hits.
Of course, the CPAP machine was taken out and counters will be cleaned to make sure there is no chemical residue.
Beware of the creepy crawly bugs. They sure are bad this year! If bitten and the site looks ugly, get medical attention as soon as possible.
So what is next? The doctors said to rest. No problem there. I’m likely going camping and fishing on Wednesday / Thursday and will share any fun pictures or interesting destinations. The older cat (Serena) loves the woods so she’s going along on this trip. Hopefully both of us will stay out of the spiders, fleas, and ticks!
Thanks for following along! Take care!
Bradford, aka the “Van Trekker”
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