I’m very nearly done what is a very multi-faceted post on the Port Mann..but have hit what I hope is a minor speedbump.
Over a week ago, as I was puttering in my garden, I felt a sharp pinch on the back of my calf, and looked down to see a brown spider on my leg. As I moved to swat it off, it bit again.
While the bites burned a bit at the time, I came in and cleaned them well, expecting that to be the end of it. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and within a couple days there was a swelling that quickly became a one inch open wound, badly infected despite all my efforts.
A trip to the doctor resulted in a scare of MRSA – the wound is terrible to look at – but the lab tests revealed Strep A had colonized the wound instead. Some spider bites can be nasty enough on their own without the bacteria that can cause serious complications and this spider appears to have had a necrotizing type venom.
I’ve been taking antibiotics for several days and while the wound seemed to be healing nicely, this evening my fever has spiked and the area is hot and red, which means back to the doctor in the morning.
I hope to have this post within the next couple days, energy permitting.