Spiders … eww!!! One of my sons was bitten by a hobo spider. This at least prompted a cleaning campaign in the man cave shared by brothers, and the fervor was increased when one of them killed a black widow under a bed that hadn’t been moved or dusted under for months.
It was a wet bite (injected venom), big and nasty looking, so we had him seen by the family doctor (who recommended immediate antibiotics and predicted a long haul with necrosis etc.) My son decided to try an alternative, and once the bite indeed erupted (gross factor high), started applying a poultice of boiled clay and activated charcoal. (If anyone wants specific details on treatment, just let me know)
It’s working so far! The early necrosis stopped, and in the last 24 hours you can see a noticeable reduction of the oozing gross stuff. Basically, it’s in a holding pattern, instead of the worsening and infection the doctor talked about. He already had a bad cold when this happened, and so with the added load of eliminating the toxic venom, I decided to to help finish painting the loft bed he built. In my bare feet (which is typical for me). In October.
Even though my feet didn’t feel cold, it wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done (except the bed looks good). I haven’t been sleeping well, and of course I woke in the night a few times imagining a nasty spider was crawling on me. I added insult to injury by eating a scone (I normally don’t eat sugar at all, and I think it tipped the balance with my immune system fighting it off), and the last few days since then, I’ve been down and out with a fever and cold.
The first thing I plan to do is start catching up on the blogs many of the readers here have, and then try to update more on me.
Predictably, even during the not bad windows, there were passive aggressive incidents. The positive is that I still feel determined to exercise my choices to change myself to change my life.
By the way, I finally came to terms with liking daddy long leg spiders after I read they’re a natural enemy of the spiders I don’t want around. We bought some spider traps for hobo spiders at Home Depot, and I’ll report back if they actually catch any. Meanwhile, be careful when reaching into dark or dusty places! Back under the blanket for me until tomorrow.