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What It's Like To Get Bitten By A Black Widow (TEXT and VIDEO)


Science & Tech  (tags: animals, black widow spiders, Jackson Landers, illness, danger, medicine, humans, science, news )

Carrie
- 460 days ago - nytimes.com
I lay on my back with my teeth clenched and my hands gripping the sides of a hospital bed. A crowd of strangers in white coats filled the tiny room. Waves of pain lapped from my abdomen into my chest as the venom worked its way toward my heart.



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cynthia B. (267)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:18 pm
thx Carrie and Twyla for forwarding Very useful info
 

Jonathan Smithsonian (4)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:21 pm
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:22 pm
sounds awful
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:47 pm
I'll hold a gun to the doctor's head to make him give me the antivenin immediately....
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 4:27 pm
When first married in 1965 we lived in an old motel whose rooms had been made into small apartments. The laundry was in a small room with both ends open to the elements. It was famous for having black widows living on the upper walls and ceiling. Every time I went in there I felt creepy because of all the things I most dislike (?) it was spiders. Luckily I never even saw one - maybe they knew I liked to suck spiders up in my vacuum...
 

Betsy Bee (1041)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:27 pm
Horrible.

I have seen victims of bites by brown recluse spiders and I know that black widow spiders are more poisonous.

I saw a bite by a copperhead snake. The victim was an eight year old child and his right hand had to be amputated.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:37 pm
Thank you for the frightful article. I'm relieved to know that the drug worked for him. Sometimes there is a need for a very limited use of some sort of environmentally safe pesticide where children are concerned.
 

Carrie B. (318)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7:18 pm
I ave seen too many black widow spiders in my life and I have no problem seeing them killed! In the 1970's I worked with an elderly woman who was bitten by one on the side of her face. She almost died. It was quite frightening!
 

Laurie H. (730)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7:54 pm
What a horrible thing to have to go through!!!! This is frightening and we need to protect ourselves as much as possible never to connect with these or any other poison bug or creature!! I met a man who was bitten by a brown recluse spider here in Florida & he had what looked like a deep hole in his leg from it. Thanks Carrie!!~
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 8:43 pm
Sometimes this makes one appreciate mosquitoes or even the fact that with winters at -30, at least our spiders don't have toxic venom, the warmer the climate the more deadly the spider.
 

. (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 9:04 pm

We have brown Widows. They just showed up a few weeks ago. Apparently they are worse. I believe they came from the neighbors yard. They were not here until after they cut down a huge pine tree in their yard.

I believe they may have eaten the crab spiders that used to share the patio with me. :(

Mary Oliveau
 

Shawna S. (44)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 10:20 pm
Here, in Ontario, Canada... we have the brown recluse. Perhaps not many, but enough bite stories to warrant a close watch. Ticks are also bad in parks and the like.
Thanks for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 10:57 pm
You always find such fascinating articles, Carrie. Thank you for this one!
 

HELEN V. (52)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:12 am
very interesting article Carrie
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:40 am
yuk
 

John Gregoire (264)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:44 am
Thanks!
 

Ruth S. (298)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 6:00 am
I don't want that experience!
 

Gary A L. (137)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 9:03 am
very interesting thanks carrie
 

Birgit W. (152)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 10:25 am
Such a tiny spider, and it can give us such a frightening life experience. Thank you.
 

caroline s. (79)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 11:35 am
Yuck }:-((
 

Shanti S. (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 12:26 pm
Thank you.
 

Jamie Clemons (283)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 1:47 pm
owch
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 2:07 pm
Interesting article. Thank you. Glad he recovered.
 

Jaime A. (35)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 2:26 pm
Noted.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:10 pm
noted, thanks
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:16 pm
so who is going to flip a black spider over to check for the red hourglass? I squish black spiders..I know somewhere there is a little bug whose life has been saved by my preventing the paralise -you -and -suck -out your -vital juices creepy mean old spider to live. Die! Die! Evil One!
 

Neill Abayon (718)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 5:14 pm
He is lucky.
 

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 7:14 pm
Fascinating article, thank you!
 

Inge Bjorkman (147)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 2:25 am
Who has the right to life, human or spider?

Love
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 9:46 am
Noted
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 8:24 am
Noted
 
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