Drama is overrated – Sunday September 23, 2007

After limping around all week, I think I’m through the worst of The Spider Bite. To give you a little background to it all, last Saturday Lois, Myra (our school teacher from IN) and I went to Perry for a fundraiser auction for MCC. It was an interesting day and although we didn’t spend much money, we did see friends and family we hadn’t seen in a while.

Before we left the fairgrounds we walked through the barn housing Paso Fino horses there for some event. We went over to the arena to watch them exercise. None of us had ever seen PF horses before and to be real honest, we thought their gait (which their famous for) was really odd! Anyway, while standing their watching, I felt something bite the outside of my thigh, about halfway up. It was itchy and I remember commenting that something had bit me and scratched at it abit but it was forgotten within 10 minutes. It never occurred to me to see what it was. 

The next morning when getting ready for church, I noticed that spot was just a little sore. I showed it to Lois and she said not to worry about it unless I started with a fever. By Monday evening, I could feel a little ball inside but it didn’t hurt very much. Tuesday it finally starting looking pretty red and tight and was getting more painful. By beditme I was running a slight fever. I would’ve got it checked out Tuesday but I had too much going on that day.

I went to the doctor Wednesday and he said it looked like an spider bite that had gotten infected. He put me on antibiotics and for the next 2 nights I got a slight fever in the evenings, even though I felt find during the day.

By Friday the antibiotics had kicked in full throttle and I felt good, except for the pain from walking, but nothing that Advil couldn’t handle.

It still hadn’t opened up yet and we knew there was “stuff” that needed to come out. Lois gave me a soft brush to help open it but it wasn’t ready. As if I didn’t already have enough drama going on, yesterday I got a call saying my office just may be flooded. It had poured in town and the drains can’t handle to big of a downpour. I rushed in and got there just as the rain started again, and sloshed my way into the office. Thankfully, several years ago, after an episode of water seeping in all the way around the building,  someone had put down plastic and sand so this time, the only place it was wet was at the front door, where the water came over the threshold.

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The view from the front door.

From the window by my desk. That’s my car in the background.

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Looking out through the front door right after I got there, 5 minutes later, and 30 minutes later.

The only wet place in the building.

As you can see the building is built right on the ground. I don’t know why!  Are elevation is so low that it seems a foolhardy thing to do. It’s probably been flooded more than once. The carpet that was in when we first moved in smelled pretty musty.

It still looked like more rain so I pulled all the computers off the floor. It looks like a nightmare in there, but that will give me a good reason to do some fall cleaning on Monday, if I’m not at the hospital getting my wound lanced as the good doctor warned me could happen depending what it looks like by then.

This morning I was getting ready for church when my bite site finally opened up, causing my to give up plans for assembling with other saints. It is an impressive wound. Really gross, but impressive. If you think of it, pray that it continues to heal!! I’d appreciate it! And if you see an spiders on your person, you may want to knock them off!


They started clearing our land yesterday. Here are some before and after pictures. As you can see there are pines, pines and more pines. All of the lots now have them along the perimeter. We have a big enough lot to add some nice shade trees later.

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Pardon the color difference, I had two different cameras.

13 thoughts on “Drama is overrated – Sunday September 23, 2007

  1. That bite sounds nasty…trust it will heal well and quickly.  I look forward to watching your progress with building your house….lots of decisions for you but all fun for us who are looking on.    Adrian was impressed with the flood pics.

  2. I’ve never had a spider bite that I know of and it sounds like something I’d better avoid, if possible.  That is so exciting about your land.  I’m sorry we’re so slow with our land purchase and missed having you as our next door neighbors.  I can’t wait to see the progress on your house and I can’t wait to begin clearing our land too!

  3. Ouch, that spider bite sounds painful…hope it heals up soon.  I’m so glad that you and Lois are building a house for yourselves. That’s exciting! Is your building site in town, or where?

  4. I guess y’all could’ve used some of that rain earlier this summer, huh?  We got a little bit the other day, but are still 11 inches under the norm.  That spider bite doesn’t sound like fun–the other week when I was trimming bushes, I got stung by a wasp–mucho ouchy!  Ditto from me about being glad it’s you and not us building–but at least y’all prob’ly won’t be doing so much of the work yourselves like we did!  Keep us updated with pictures! 

  5. No, I didn’t know what your rebel was–thanks for the explanation. 😉  Yes, that is RA’s newest book–remember I borrowed the first two from you?  That was when I fell in love with his writings–this book was supposed to be out a long time ago, and I’ve been waiting for it, so when I saw it in the bookstore, I decided not to wait on the library to get it!

  6. hi you dont know me i found your site from another, but i just wanted to say you take the most beautiful pictures.  i love the little boys in the ocean and pond one and well they were all good.  hope your spider bite heals fast.  i had one years ago and it was very painful.  have a good nite. ~heidi

  7. ryc: You remembered correctly…we did use dry ice in the punch at our wedding.  It kind of made a cloud over the punch bowl…and doesn’t water the drink down like regular ice.

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