All Creatures Great and Small

Snakebite

Someone just asked me a question about venomous snakes. In this case a copperhead. Let me tell you a true story about a copperhead bite. I use to keep venomous snakes in cages in my house (40 years ago). One night I was giving a dead mouse to a copperhead. I was holding the mouse by the tail. The copperhead struck at the mouse, missed and hit my finger. Or maybe it was aiming at my finger. It hurt. So I opened a bottle of scotch and decided to drink it as medicine. Not making this up. I passed out and woke up the next morning. The entire left side of my body, my left arm and left leg were swollen beyond imagination. Also very tender. I thought maybe I should go to a hospital. They gave me some anti-venom in my other arm, but missed the vein. My right arm also swelled up. Then they said I wasn’t urinating enough. I told them to give me some beer and I would be happy to pee. Instead they opted to give me a catheter. Getting a catheter when both arms are swollen and secured is, to say the least, a bit painful. They could probably hear me screaming throughout the hospital. The next morning, I asked them to remove the catheter and I signed a release and left the hospital. My wife Sandi took me to a Circle K where I bought a bag of ice. I laid in bed with my left arm elevated and a bag of ice on it and I was fine in a couple of days. The hospital experience was more painful than the copperhead bite.

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About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…

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