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PG13 Spider Bite

Written By: Len Harris



I learned an important lesson a few opening days ago. I had my gear all ready. The reels were clean and new line on all them. I checked my net for holes and cleaned all the old line out of the eyes of the hooks. I did all of my before opening day rituals. I took my waders out of the garage. They had been hanging there all winter. I always wash my
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gear at the end of the season so my stuff is ready to jump right in to opening morning of the coming year. Wading boots made wet and sitting by the chair by the door. I hardly slept a wink. The day before opener I am like a kid waiting for Christmas morning to come.

I was awake before the alarm. I had placed all my gear at the kitchen table the night before . Put my wool socks on and 2 pair of long underwear. It gets pretty cold wading in 10 degree temps in March here in Wisconsin. I put my waders on and laced up my wading boots. It is 6am and I am in my truck putting on my safety belt.. I feel a little pain in my groin. I ignore it. Off I go to my favorite stream.

About 10 minutes out of town and my groin is starting to throb and get really warm. I get out of the truck and drop two pairs of long underwear and waders. Under my 2 pair of long johns is a dead spider in my fly area of my inner layer. I put it in a fly box right away.

A little closer examination revealed a emerging problem. I decided fishing is going to have to wait. I went straight home. I am allergic to most insect bites and bee stings. I gave a little extra gas because my problem was growing. The pedal was to the metal and my truck was pointed at home. By the time I was home I was walking bow legged. I tore off my waders as I got in the house. I thought I might have missed another spider.

I kicked my wife out of bed. She is a Registered Nurse. I showed her my problem. She stared in disbelief. The whole right side of my entire unit along with its accessories were about three times the regular size. Wife said a trip to the
Emergency Room was in order. She gave me a ice pack to help with the swelling. Just before we left my wife looked at me with a smile and asked if we could give it a "Test Drive" once before we went. I just rolled my eyes at her and off we went to the ER. She responded "ONLY kidding"

The ER doctor was awakened from a short nap. He was one of my fishin buds. He examined the problem. The first thing he asked was if I had been sleeping around. My wife answered before I could. She said
absolutely NOT. I had saved the spider and showed it to him. He took the spider with him and I assumed he was going to try to identify the beast. He told me he had to go look up something he would be right back.

He returned with 6 other male staff members from the hospital to see the THING. I got a little angry at him. He had a polaroid camera with him. He wanted to take a photo of it. I asked him why he needed a photo? Was it for diagnosing it? He just laughed and said NO. I told him no photos.

The doctors had looked under the microscope and said the spider was not poisonous One of the doctors said in parting; "We sure don't need a
microscope to examine him." After eight epinephrine shots and a precautionary antibiotic shot and calming down .The doctor told me I was hyper sensitive to bug bites and stings. He determined this from my medical records through the years. I had many a run in with bees and spiders. I was ready to go fishing again. I remember purposely wading in deep water that day so the cold water could easy my pain.


The incident was not over that morning. It was a painful reminder for me for 4 weeks. The bite caused the skin to swell so much it split in a couple places. I hate spiders. The moral to this story is:
"Check your waders opening morning!!!!"
The Spider