Thursday, June 28, 2012

On the mend

"By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity--another man's I mean." Mark Twain, Following the Equator

IT WAS A tough weekend for Paul, but as of today the wound from being bitten by a brown recluse spider is healing better than I thought possible based on how it started out. The swelling from knee to ankle is gone, the muscle and joint pain are pretty much gone, and the brainbanger of a headache he's had for more than a week is not quite, but almost, gone. He's still quite tired, but all in all his prognosis is exceptional considering how sick he was. 

Here are an illustration and photos so you won't be afraid of all spiders — just the poisonous ones. In Iowa there are two to watch out for: the brown recluse  and black widows.

The identifying mark of a brown recluse is the 
violin-shaped dark area on their heads. 

Okay, it's pretty creepy looking.

You also want to avoid black widows,
recognizable by the red dot.
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