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Old 04-20-2004, 02:21 PM
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Spider Bites & Club Foot!!!!

Well I am off work until Thursday....I was out doing yardwork all day Sunday, and my left inner ankle started hurting like I whacked it with something or got stung. This was at about 4:30-5:00...no big deal right? Okay, about 7:00 my ankle was starting to swell up and get red, it was also stiffening up. Hmmm...maybe I fractured it and didn't know it
I had about 10 people(friends) stop between 6:00 and 9:30 to check out my trucks progress. About 10:00 my ankle was so swollen that I couldn't hardly get my shoe off of my foot The wife ran to the store at about 9:30 and I decided to put the mower in the garage and close up shop for the night and come in and relax....boy was I wrong! I literally had to hobble on one foot to get into the house. The wife came in and made me peel off my shoe to get a better look at it. I pulled off my shoe/sock...Holy *****...my foot was swollen to about 2x the normal size and bright red. I could watch as the red splotches krept up and around my leg like a lava lamp. To the ER we go I get there and they rush me into the "Fast Track" so I wouldn't have to spend the whole night there waiting on someone to look at me.
The Dr. asked me if I remember breaking it? Nope. Did you get stung/bit? Not that I noticed. He then looks at me and says "hmmm...thats odd looking, I have never seen anything like this before" Great! So they take 2 viles of blood and some x-rays, and some fluid out of my ankle. He gives me some kinda of medicine and tells me it is GOUT and to go to my family Dr. first thing in the morning.
I go to my family Doc and he looks at the tests and tells me to stop taking the medicine that they gave me at the ER and to take some other medicine immediately. He said that it was seriously infected and could be the start of blood poisoning I took my medicine every hour on the hour and had to go see him first thing this morning again. He was highly pissed that the ER dismissed it as GOUT and sent me home. He said I looked like I had been bitten by a Black Widow and was having a bad reaction to it.
The redness is about 60% gone today and my ankle is still swollen but not nearly as bad as it was before. At least I can get my shoe on today So now I have to stay home and off of my feet and monitor the swelling and redness until Thursday, and if it doesn't get better then I have to go see someone else that specializes in tissue infections.
Who'da Thunk it?! Now I know why I HATE spiders again!!!!!

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WEIMER

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Old 04-20-2004, 02:52 PM
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I've always hated spiders, and we don't even have the poisonous kind here. Hope you're leg gets back to normal soon, I'm sure you'd just hate to stay off work any longer than necessary

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Old 04-20-2004, 03:05 PM
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Thanks Chickie,
I should've taken a picture of it....It looked like when Fred Flinstone dropped a bowling ball on his foot except it went 3/4 the way up to my knee.
I feel pretty good today but my foot is tingling and my ankle is sore.
Stupid spider
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Glad to hear that it's getting better. Fortunately it wasn't a brown recluse or something similar. Bites from those are REALLY nasty. Hope you're back on your feet soon!

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Old 04-20-2004, 04:35 PM
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Holy Cow Weimer, I now have an excuse to tell my dad as to why I'm never mowing the lawn again. If things don't get better soon, I'd pick up a lawyer and find out how much a mis-diagnosis is worth to you.

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When you go to the ER, just be sure its the one for humans, OK? Those veterenarian ER's doctors ...........

Glad to see it wasn't more serious ! GEt well soon !

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Old 04-21-2004, 02:32 PM
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I had to go back to the doctor today for the 4th day in a row. And talked to a 3rd doctor that said to stop taking all medication because I had an allergic reaction to the medication last night/this morning...Hopefully I can go back to work tomorrow
4 days and 3 Dr's later....
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Old 04-21-2004, 02:49 PM
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$ound$ like a chan$e for $ome free truck money$ to me$!!!!

don't give me no B$ about it either. that$ why they carry malpracti$e in$urance.
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Good thing you kept moving. Could you imagine being wraped up in a web and your body juices sucked out of you? Ewwwww!
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Old 04-21-2004, 06:20 PM
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I better stick to working in the garage from now on...the first time of the year doing yardwork and this happens...not a good sign At least in the garage I can inflict my own wounds.
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Old 04-22-2004, 08:01 AM
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Jeez Weimer, now I KNOW you guys will do anything to get out of yardwork, but don't you think you went a little too far this time?

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Are you ok man?
Black widows are worse than Brown recluses. Brown recluse bites will only cause your flesh to rot, Black widows can kill you.

Did you ever find out for sure what bit you?
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Old 04-22-2004, 06:34 PM
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Still not sure what the initial cause was from...Nobody knows, not even the Dr's...they are just guessing now I think
A brown recluse will only rot your skin because it becomes infected and takes anywhere from weeks to years to heal(yuk)
A black widow bite is very unlikely to kill a human, but none the less very poisonous(15x more than a rattle snake)
I am off until Monday now, because I had an allergic reaction to the mediciation. So, 5days, 3 doctors, and 3 medications later, I am finally starting to feel a little better, just all doped up now(legally of course )
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Black widows are worse than Brown recluses. Brown recluse bites will only cause your flesh to rot, Black widows can kill you.
They are both just as likely to kill you. They also affect different people differently. Either can be harmless, and either can be deadly. A bad reaction to a brown recluse bite gone untreated can very easily cause the loss of a limb. Also, where you get bit can have an effect on the severity of the bite.
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