Thursday, May 15, 2008

Black Widow Spider --- PART 1

PART 1
This is one of those stories that's very long, this is part of the reason I'm just now posting about it. Wednesday night a week ago Elizabeth was bitten by a Black Widow Spider-BW for short. She was outside on the deck by our pool. The girls are wanting to have a swim party, so they decided to start getting the pool area ready for the summer. With the pollen so BAD all the outdoor furniture really needed to be cleaned. Arthur had gotten the pressure washer out to help. Elizabeth wanted to help with the pressure washer, so Arthur suggested that she wear a rain jacket. He went to our garage to get his rain jacket for her. She put it on and Arthur was starting the washer. That is when Elizabeth said she felt something, but waited to tell Arthur since he was busy starting the washer. Elizabeth then stops him and says she felt like something was in the jacket and may have stung her??? Arthur helps her get the jacket off and she shows him her upper left arm, it looks like a bee sting. Arthur takes the jacket and shakes it out, the BW falls to the ground. Arthur see it and kills it, then sends Elizabeth inside to me.

Elizabeth comes in yelling and crying. I wash her arm off, put peroxide on it, and give her some Benadryl, this is around 8pm. She said it hurt soooo bad worse than anything has ever hurt her, Amanda and I laugh (yes, we feel BAD now,and had to apologize!) she says this every time she gets hurt. So, I call my mom who is a nurse and ask if we should do anything else, she say we did good but apply ice, then watch her. By 9pm there was no change and Elizabeth wanted to go get her shower. After her shower she put more ice back on it because it was still hurting. We were talking and she said her chest was hurting on the left side. She says maybe I have heartburn what does that feel like. By 9:45pm she said she was tired and ready for bed, Arthur and I go in to tell the girls good night. While we are in their room Elizabeth says my lower back is really hurting. Duh! now red flags are starting to go up. Arthur and I tell them good night leave the room and Arthur heads straight to the computer. He looks up BW and the symptoms, she had 3 symptoms already! On the screen in big letters it says if you need any assistance call poison control. When Arthur was picking up the phone to call Elizabeth came up and said the pain in her back was so severe she couldn't lay down. I take Elizabeth to the kitchen to give her some pain medicine( what she had taken 2weeks earlier for her wisdom teeth) Arthur calls poison control, while Elizabeth is crying, pacing the floor, doubled over in pain. Arthur tells the lady at poison control the story and she says we have done all we should have, then Arthur tells her about the pain in her back and chest. She said get her to the hospital immediately, and then ask what hospital were we going to. Arthur told her T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital, she said she would call ahead for us. Elizabeth and I get in her car and we are on our way. I was going really fast on the interstate and praying I wouldn't get pulled over. Elizabeth was still having severe pain in her back and was unable to keep from moving all over the car, and forget her wearing her seat belt. When we were about 20 minutes from the hospital she became VERY nauseous. This was followed by the severe pains she started to have in her abdomen. A new symptom came about every 20 to 30 minutes. We pass a police officer, I tell Elizabeth, I know he has me and we don't have time to stop. He never left his spot and Elizabeth ,says he must be an Angel?! We arrive at the ER ............


4 comments:

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Oh my goodness, even though I know she is ok, I am on the edge of my seat here! BWs scare me to DEATH!! *shudder* I will be waiting for part 2!

BTW, THANK YOU SO MUCH for Kennedy's birthday present! We gave it to her at dinner tonight and she loves it!! He's already on her bed so she can sleep with it... which should happen SOON (I hope! LoL)

Beth said...

I thought I left a comment - but apparently it didn't "take"!

That is so scary - waiting for part 2!!!

Christina said...

MAN! How scary..and even though I too know the ending I am waiting for part 2! Hey if you can, try to give me a call this week. I wanted to talk with you about curriculum!

JennyH said...

I can hardly wait to hear part 2...

So glad she is fine now though.