A "tongue in cheek" blog title for the experience that I will share about the all too quiet brown recluse spider who "attacked" and then defended itself to the death. Here is my day-by-day account of the fiddleback's tiny little parting gift that continues to unfold under my skin.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day Three: 6/8/11

I can feel the poison working it's way into the muscle. I find myself breathing through the shooting pains and the tightness that comes with the muscle cramps in my hamstring. Focusing on my breath in and out. Because I know that just like a labor pain, it will pass.

The wound has easily doubled in diameter and today I can see darkening spots that just look like bruising. However, I know that is the insides of my leg slowly being liquefied or digested and it scares the heck out of me. The dark spot is where it bit me. I read that the venom that the BRS injects is the same hemotoxin enzyme that you would find with the bite of an eastern diamondback rattlesnake or a pit viper. Yikes!! I'd rather be bitten by none of the above, but I guess that I lucked out by only getting such a small amount from the little spider.

Okay, so pictures...here is my leg on the afternoon of the 3rd day.

What am I doing for treatment? I'm taking the prescribed antibiotics, my probiotics twice a day, aloe vera juice topical application and taken internally (It's gross alone, but palatable when mixed with fruit juice.), and a friend of mine suggested using lavender oil (thanks a million Kelli!) so I've been adding that topically as well. After one application of the therapeutic grade Young Living essential oil, my leg went from an angry, swollen, enflamed red (pictured above), to the much calmer pink (pictured below). Randy (Mr. anti-homeopathic) was amazed at the drastic physical change that the lavender demonstrated within an hour after the first application.

Here is a picture of the lavender oil that is working wonders...

I know that tomorrow is going to be better because lots of my friends and family are praying and sending their positive thoughts and energy my way. Thanks everyone for taking the time to do what you do. :-)

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