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MyBite#: 3089 Name: Brannan Thornton
Date Bitten: 10/14/2011 Body Part: Abdomen
City: Atlantic Beach State/Country: North Carolina
Found Spider: No Severity of Bite: 4 - Very Severe
Recurring Bite: Yes Pet Story: No
Medications: Antibiotics, Hydrocodone bitartrate - Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vi, Hydrogen Peroxide, I.V. Antibiotic, Ibuprofen, Morphine, Percocet, Skin Graft, Surgery
IV dilaudid, wet to dry packing dressing  
EMail: Brannan Thornton

First, I'd like to begin with a myth. It is that Brown Recluses do not exsist in North Carolina. I'm Living prove (Thank God) that they absolutely DO!
About four years ago I was bitten the first time. Fortunately my family doctor had experience with Brow Recluse bites and it was caught early. He treated it with Dapsone and another antibiotic. It healed on it's own.
On or about Oct. 14 I was bitten again. I went to the Doc. but his partner was on duty. He informed me that , yes, I was bitten by something but not a Brown Recluse. In one day the bite was beginning to develop necrosis. It was about the size of a dime. I went back to the Doc. and my regular Doc. saw me. This was on a Fri. He said give it the weekend and then come see him on Mon. I waited and watched it deteriorate. By the mon. it was a a bit over the size of a silver dollar. My Doc. took one look at it and sent me straight to a surgeon the very same day for a "consultation".
Well, the surgeon took one look at it and scheduled me for surgery the next day. He told me it would be very extensive. I had no idea how extensive it would be.
The bite was on my lower abdomen to the right. Very painful.
The surgery went well but after I woke up, my surgeon came to my room and informed me he had to remove an 8" x 3" by appox. 2" depth of my abdomen. I was left with a gaping hole in my abdomen. YUCK!! I have photos but they're on my friends phone.
A funny anecdote, another friend tried her hardest to take a picture during a
dressing change when the wound exposed. She tried four times but ran out of the room. I laughed until the wound began to hurt. Since the 21st of Oct., I have received home care visits until I finally learned how to do it myself. I've had to have bed rest, no bending, no lifting, and no sitting the surgery....Yeah! WEEEEEE! LOL.
Since the wound was so deep, it has to heal from the inside stiches. My surgeon gives me about 2 more months healing time. Then he said we will talk about skin graphs.
He, my surgeon, let me go home for Thanksgiving but I could only be gone for two weeks. It was great to go somewhere but I wasn't looking forward to leaving my parents...about a three hour drive.
My advice to anyone who has been bitten: keep a positive attitude, which I know is hard due to the pain, take a good multi-vitamen, and laugh a little. I make jokes that I wish I could find the spider that bit me and torture it!

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