Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Spiders

I read Be Nice to Spiders and Charlotte's Web enough as a child, that in general I don't have a problem with spiders. I'm not going to rush right out and rent Arachnophobia, but as long as they stay outside and kill bugs they are fine. And when they venture inside, a simple squish usually takes care of them without any need to call for husbandly backup -- this rule works for most insects and arachnids, but does not apply to the giant cockroaches one finds in Alabama and other places in the South.

However, a spider must not have gotten the memo about staying outside and minding its own business, because a few days before we left for our trip I woke up with a sore/itchy spot on the back of my neck that over that day became quite painful. The next morning it was even more so and rather purplish, but of course I wasn't smart enough to call the doctor and besides my husband didn't think it looked so bad. By the third day it hurt to move my head much and my shoulder on one side was even a bit sore and stiff, but Tylenol helped a lot and by this time we were far away from my doctors and so I wasn't exactly wanting to go any where to find one. Finally, by the time we were headed home it started to feel somewhat better and was pretty much normal, if a bit itchy again after about a week. It looks like there might be a bit of a scar left over, but at least I seem fine otherwise. I'm not sure what a doctor could have done, but I do recommend that all spiders stay away from me. I'm more actively squishing at the moment.

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