Brs Bite,or The 'literal' Scar

2 years ago, an EasT Coast transplant( me ) was sitting outside one fall night, yapping away on the fon.

It was cold and windy and I was dressed in layers, 2 pairs of pants, huge furry boots, and a down jacket.

At my feet were leaves, rustling and swirling.

The only light was a pretty dim porch light, no great shakes. The kind that go off after awhile,If it detects no movement.

So, like I said, Im yapping, and all of a sudden I feel a poke, more like a pinprick on my right cheek, and I feel like a feather, or a tickle,and I reach my hand up to my face and I flick out..a brown spider.

My Mom, who was on the fon, tells me: YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR BROWN RECLUSES, GO INSIDE AND WASH YOUR FACE.

So, I run in, and my husband is in the room painting, and I go: Is there a mark on my face??? It itches. He tells me, No.

I told him about the spider, he shakes his head, he cant see anything.

 

Next morning, I have what looks like a zit, and my *** does everything in the world, that in retrospect, I shouldve never done.

I put hot compresses on it( which I found out spreads the venom more )

I squeezed at it.

By that afternoon my face was HUGE. I was still in quasi-denial that I was bit by a Brown Recluse.

 

Long story short- Fast forward  like 4 days, and this whole time Ive been hiding my face behind my hair, or by talking to people with the left side of my face showing,  if you can imagine it, and secretly going into the bathroom and draining my face of the most ungodly stuff I had ever seen, and there is now a hole the size of a pea that is  black.  I walk out of the bathroom one day and go into the bedroom and get online. I Google the words: Brown Spider, and I click on a pic that looks just like what I knocked off my face, and lo and behold, it is a Brown Recluse. I also find out that where I was living was prevalent for this type of spider, and fall was thee time, and they hunted at night. So, I go to Youtube and search: Spider Bites and sure enough, I find some. One showed a girl, whos face was similar to mine and she pulled this nasty plug out of the crater in her temple. I told myself that night, that if I woke up and I did that to my face, or had some kinda plug, and I could pull it out, that Id alert someone.

Next morning, Im draining it,and I am able to get the black weirdness off the top of the hole, and what was left looked similar to snot, except, a plug of sorts. I took my tweezer and pulled on it, and it broke off. I went at it again, and there it was, it came out and what was left looked like a hole within a hole, and this area where the plug was looked as if someone drilled into my face.

 

At the end of the day, I was lucky. The face isnt super vascular, and fatty, and thats probably why I walked away with a pea size scar on my face. Also, they said that it may have been a immature spider, but more then likely, it was an imcomplete bite.

 

Thats my 'literal' scar story.

BijouEcho BijouEcho
36-40, F
6 Responses Mar 7, 2010

. Jesus, that is disturbing. I was talking about your story and about how I youtubed it and what I saw today actually. My friends were grossed out and they didn't even SEE it. They only heard about it. Denial is a good thing in a situation like that. How else could you possibly deal with it.

Finder, I know, its grossss with a capital GROSS!<br />
I was in total, almost denial..like, this couldnt really be a Brown Recluse bite. <br />
I did end up going to the drs right after I pulled that plug out.I literally flew out of the room, and into the living room, and my husbands father was sitting there, and he was born and raised where I was living, so I walked over to him, bent down in front of him and showed him my face, and he said in the slowest southern drawl you could imagine: Hun, you been bit by a Brown Recluse. My husband came over and asked to see and I showed him,and he said: OMG! Im gonna throw up! Nice, right??<br />
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Oddly enough, Im more aware of where I stick my hand, or constantly moving when Im outside, particularly in the fall, but I didnt suffer from any straight-up phobias of spiders. Im still that dont kill it, if you dont have to girl. But...I will kill one of them if I see it ever again in my life.

Woah. That is terrifying. In high school, I knew a guy who got a spider bite on his cheek, too. I don't know what kind of spider it was, but it sounds a lot like yours. The side of his face was huge, but unlike you he went to the doctor and the doctor drained it. He said that the pus shot out of his face clear across the room. He had a bandage on his face. I asked him if I could see it. He showed it to me. All I can remember about it was that it was the grossest thing I've ever seen. I didn't get a good look because the second I saw it, I was like "OK put it away. That's awful"That is so unlucky that that happened to you. Thank God it wasn't worse.<br />
O my God. I youtubed it. Why did I do that? I can't imagine that being on my face. O my God. I have goosebumbs from how gross that was. Never let that happen to yourself again. O jeez

Amazing!<br />
Id say both of us lucked out overall.<br />
Were you always interested in med school, or did this accident spring an interest??

I was in a car accident, long story short skull depsression with a brain contusion that led to an opperarion that left me a scar in the shape of a lazy "s" on my scalp that is hidden by my hair. I am in med school and were were on the central nervous system and says that most brain injuries have siezures as an aftermath. I had some when on meds and as far as I can tell none after I got off meds. That happened in 98

I was in a car accident, long story short skull depsression with a brain contusion that led to an opperarion that left me a scar in the shape of a lazy "s" on my scalp that is hidden by my hair. I am in med school and were were on the central nervous system and says that most brain injuries have siezures as an aftermath. I had some when on meds and as far as I can tell none after I got off meds. That happened in 98