One a beautifully sunny and warm spring day, Bruce and I decided to get some sandwiches and bring them to the boat launch and marina on the Ashley River. There was a pavilion there with picnic tables on a concrete slab which is where we ate. There were also a couple of benches under trees so you could sit and watch the boats come and go.
On this particular day, I noticed a beautiful redheaded woodpecker fly up into a huge oak tree nearby. My Facebook followers know that I just love birds. Especially birds with bright colors. So I got up and walked a few feet into the grass and stood there very still while trying to get a better glimpse of this bird.
|At least we got a picture of the damn bird!|
As I stood there, something possessed me to look down because for one I was barefoot and two, I know there are snakes in the south and I'm terrified of snakes.
That day I also learned that there are scarier things in the south than snakes. And with worse bites too.
Looking down, my entire left ankle and top of my foot were covered with something dark. When I realized these were tiny ants, I did what anyone would do out of fear and loathing. I started to shake my foot so they would fly off. That was when I felt the first sting and then more stings and then even more. Finally, they were off of me, but, it was too late.
What I learned later was that fire ants just swarm. It's only when the first one signals "sting" then they all sting at once. While they are stinging, they are injecting venom into you.
|This is what my foot looked like.|
I don't do very well with bug bites. Part of having Fibromyalgia is having extremely sensitive skin. That night I began to itch. It was unbearable. I put calamine lotion on. I put cortisone cream on. I read that soaking in hot, hot water helps. I tried that. Nothing was touching it. Finally, I knocked myself out with two Benadryl so I could get some sleep and relief from the itch.
The next morning when I awoke, my ankle was twice the size. It was very stiff and when I tried to walk on it, the pain was horrid. It felt as if little shards of glass were cutting my skin with each step. As the day went on, so did the pain and itch. It was nothing like I've ever experienced before. Bruce was out but when he got back and saw how swollen and red I was he insisted on driving me to the emergency walk in center.
|Not me but it's a good likeness|
The doctor came in, took one look and said "fire ants got ya, huh"? He proceeded to roll up his pant leg to show me his ankle which was now healing from these little
By the third day I began to feel relief but it took a long time for those horrid red bites to disappear. I learned my lesson about going barefoot in the grass in the south.
If only someone had put up a sign!
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