Some of you that are regulars may have noticed I haven't been posting as much lately. Some of you know what has happened others may not. Two weeks ago I was pressure washing the house. Something bit my arm and I thought it was a wasp. well by that evening the bite had a blister and I was starting to swell up, By the next morning I looked like a walking water balloon. I went to the hospital and the treatments started. twice a day every day for the first full week. Then last weekend the swelling had gone down but the infection and rotting started, the Dr.s had to cut out a good size chunk out of my arm and cauterize the area. Well today they finally told me that it looks like it is massively improving. They don't know what kind of insect it was and think it was a spider but not a brown recluse. That's the good news. I didn't know that they have to treat a bite as a general insect bite until they know for sure exactly what has done the biting. Without the insect they can't start right away treating for a brown recluse or brown/black widow bite as the poison is quit different between them and if given the wrong antidote it can cause more problems than the bite itself. So for those of you that are out in the yard if you get bit and there is noticeable swelling, things that are good to know, 1st if you get bit and you can find the insect that bit you, collect it and save it! 2nd, get out of the heat, heat makes you sweat and the sweat transfers the poison faster to other parts of your body, third if the spot does not improve within a couple of hours seek medical assistance! I didn't think about it but if your bitten by a wasp, bee, spider, scorpion, etc. In most cases the spot and swelling should go back down after a couple of hours UNLESS you have a reaction to the poison, If you have a reaction the faster you seek assistance the more likely they can do something for you. I waited so long that they could only treat the bite with antibiotics, steroids, and antinflammitory medications and therefore had to have the hole and bite cut out of my arm. It's still very sore but tremendously better now, even though it doesn't look like it is.