Tuesday, November 6, 2012

So, home before dark...

Back in La Manz again.  Sunny hot and humid day... but even with the delayed flight, we are home in time to make the bed up for the night if I hustled. 
Marcia dropped us at Pam & Greg's where Greg reconnected my car's battery and bingo! off I drove.  My road was excellent (thank you, JR) so no prob there.  In the door and the first job is to clear the furniture off the bed, put down the mattress, find sheets, etc and be done before dark.  Desperate for some moving air, first I went out to the patio to remove the window tarps. That done back in I headed, but as is now the norm, (loss of focus) ... I spied the broom and decided to sweep some of the leaves and debris in the doorway. 
Well, that revealed a scorpion - quite a good size, too, (3") so I swept it out of the leaves it was hiding in and made to stomp it.  Of course, I missed a perfect footplant with all the debris and its tail whipped up and bam (or maybe bam-bam), it got my next-to-little toe!  Oh the pain!   It got a second stomp!

I was just outside the door and my pack was on the hall table with (TG) the few remaining Benadryl tabs I had in WR.  I took two, found a bit of water, grabbed my car keys, rushed out - didn't lock the door, forgot my wallet, left my suitcase sitting up by the car park and zoomed down to Dennis & Mary's, who live below me.  Mary came with me to the pharmacy - no help there, then on to the Centro de Salud (clinic) and luckily the DR was still in.  By this time, I could feel the pain travelling up my leg and
my throat was closing.  It is a long story of details (killer pain killer, Clorox, milk, mj) and in the end, I'd had three anti-venom injections at ± hourly intervals, and spent the night in Mary's guest room.  I had so many meds in me by then, it felt like I was sleeping on the high seas.
Bright and early Sunday morning, Mary took me to get my car which we'd left downtown when it looked like we might be on our way to the clinic in Cihuatlan (Dennis came to drive) and I went home to make my bed and start cleaning/airing the casa.
I was going to take a photo of the scorpion but the ants, etc had been busy in the night and there weren't many pieces left intact.

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