Saturday, October 14, 2006

Curse of la viuda negra

I got bit by a black widow Thursday night, camped out on a remote beach in southern Baja. I woke up to an oddly deep stinging sensation above my elbow, groped around for my headlamp, turned it on and found the little beast half alive in my sleeping bag. Shit. Black widow. I flipped him in a ziplock, woke up Aimee, told myself not to panic, and then drove 45km up the dark, winding highway to the nearest town (population 4,000). I found the town's little health clinic, checked myself in and let two underaged nurses (who never asked my name) shoot me up with 200mg of hydrocortisone. Then they just sent us on our way. I stumbled out into the dark, nauseous and nearly doubled over with cramping. I'm still riding out the symptoms. I can only describe it as similar to having a railroad spike pounded into my elbow while suffering from a combination of the flu, break-bone fever and the bends in between alternating bouts of delirium and nausea. We should be back on the road tomorrow!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are much stronger now. But don't go playing with the cascabeles. Be careful hermano.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Cal Santos said...

wow. DP, you dont fuck around, do you?

Now I've got to go play with poisonous creature to keep up with the Palmerlees.......

11:56 AM  
Blogger The Social Worker said...

Did the babies hatch out of your skin yet?

1:24 PM  
Blogger Travelburro said...

Dude, fucking hell. Did I tell you about the nigua? That was almost as bad. They get under your toenail and then lay eggs. And you start to go crazy thinking about them under there. But the black widow hurts a lot more. Waaaay more. And I guess, because it effects your central nervous system, you get all crazy in the head. You thought I was ridden with anxiety before? Oh shit you should have seem me the other night! I was pacing nonstop back and forth across the hotel room like a maniac!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Cal Santos said...

not once since I've known you have I thought that you were ridden with anxiety.....

10:20 AM  

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