I just got back from visiting with the friend I briefly mentioned earlier. For those of you who didn’t catch it, she was bitten by a brown recluse in two places. These were classic recluse bites, I would say based on what I’ve since read and seen online, there were signs of clear and pronounced envenomation. Like clockwork the bite sites enlarged and burst into widening wounds, by the weekend they were weeping, angry red holes in her flesh almost the size of a silver dollar and on the verge of revealing underlying fascia. She doesn’t have health insurance, she was laid off some time ago, her resources are drying up quickly. There’s not a good time for this to happen, but there is a terrible time and this was it.
When I mentioned that in the post several people volunteered to kick in a few bucks in the event gruesome complications from these kinds of bites developed. They weren’t kidding, and I’ve never set up any kind of personal fund or done a bleg for a friend, but I would have gladly accepted, I would have taken anything. It was pretty damn touching to tell you the truth, it made me feel really fucking good in the midst of a scary situation.
I’m real relieved to say the bites look noticeably better. They are scabbed over, filling in, they’re only about half as wide as they were at peak involvement. She’s also getting another round of antibiotics from the clinic she managed to wrestle up enough cold cash to get into a few days ago, the round she’s almost done with now seem to be kicking in very well. So, for now, my amateur prognosis is much improved. I’m tempted to say she’s out of the woods, or at least on the edge in the last group of trees. In fact we’d love to confirm that by having a doc look at em, but she can’t afford a “look.”
Anyway, I think she’s going to be fine, and I can’t tell you how relieved that makes me! These bites can be disfiguring even when they are treated.
When my friend is clear, I might have her read what some of you wrote. I think she’ll be touched, too. Maybe if she’s up for it and we can protect her identity and dignity, I’ll see if we can get some pics of the healing bite sites or the resultant scars to give you an idea of the pain and anxiety she has had to deal with; like so many uncounted men and women and children who have gone without basic healthcare in this country for years on end.
For now, thank you for listening, thank you all very much.