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Anyone around tonight? I need a distraction from pain
October 12, 2008
11:12 pm
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chelonia mydas
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Hi folks,

I was working in the garden this evening when I brushed against an asp caterpillar and my arm hurts so much right now. There is nothing more I can do except just give it time, but it hurts sooooo much and I'm just needing some support and distraction to keep my mind from focusing on this. It feels like the painful part of a bee sting, except it has been that intense burning stinging pain for over 3 hours now and it throbs and makes my whole arm ache. I have ice, baking soda and benedryl on it and have taken benedryl orally too. All that is left is to just wait for my body to cycle out the venom. The pain is lessening some, but still terribly intense. I need help just to get through this.

Please just talk to me about anything, tell me which thread you are on and I'll post there too. I just need to keep my mind busy, if I don't focus on it, then it doesn't feel as bad.

thanks,
Chelonia

October 13, 2008
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((((Chelonia)))), That sounds aweful!! It's good that you reached out here for help. Perhaps you can take a pain killer after a few hours have passed. Hang in there, hun!!!

October 13, 2008
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Hi Fantas,

Thanks for posting. Its making me a little nausious now, but the sharpness of it has faded. Some of my glands are swelling a bit too, so my body is processing out the venom. I'm hoping that it will get to the point where I can sleep soon. I'm making some soup and crackers to eat. Once I get a meal, then I can take an advil.

From what I have read, advil, tylenol, asprin type painkillers won't help. But its not bad enough to go to the hospital for some morphine derived pain killer... plus I really can't afford it. So for now, I'll just keep posting.

Thanks for being there 🙂
Chelonia

October 13, 2008
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thanks for your post chelonia, sorry about the asp caterpillar. ouch!

October 13, 2008
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Hi all,

The pain has lessened and I'm going to go try to lay down and hopefully sleep for a bit. Thanks for being there to support me through this.

I don't remember ever having quite that kind of pain for this long ever before in my life. Sure makes me appreciate the temporary discomfort of bee stings in the future.

October 13, 2008
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Hello Chelonia,
Hope you wake up feeling better. Bee Stings are very painful.
Salt

October 13, 2008
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hello Chelonia, hope you are feeling better this am...and did you get any sleep?? keep us posted!

October 13, 2008
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((((Chelonia))))

I hope that the pain has gone and you are feeling better today.

Precious

October 13, 2008
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I had never heard of this type of
Caterpillar before I guess maybe there not in the Oregon area (thankfully) But I did find this site about them it even tells you about first aid. I hope you are better now chelonia that sounds so painful.

http://neuro.bcm.edu/eagleman/asp/

October 13, 2008
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Fantas, Lotsoflove, Salt, Camer, Precious, RW

Thanks so much for your support and caring. The pain subsided enough by about 5:30am that I was able to sleep and now it is just a little tender to touch, the gland in my armpit is still a little swollen too but other than that everything seems to be fine.

I have never had such a long lasting intense pain before in my life, and its especially amazing that it came from such a peaceful but well protected creature.

Its a night like last night that really makes me appreciate what a wonderful gift a pain-free day is. Sometimes I start to take life for granted. This has reminded me how incredibly lucky I am that most of the time I can go about my day with only minor discomforts.

Thanks for everything,
Chelonia

October 14, 2008
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Chelonia,

Great to hear the pain is gone. What an experience? Your experience taught me something.... That little caterpillar did all that it could to make sure that it's safe. It put itself first and made sure that although it may have been harmed, it instilled a sense of respect for itself and all other caterpillars without any fanfare. It was survival. I wish we all understood that very simple concept.

Self protection and care isn't about esteem, lack of love, approval, etc. it's basic survival. When we sense danger in any form, including no good for nothing partners, we need to strike the first time and keep on moving on with our lives. Except in the case for children, survival and love do not go together. Once we reach the age of accountability, we have to do whatever it takes to make sure we are safe. It's our natural instict and we should attach it to anyone or anything....or blame them for our lack of taking action.

So thank you sharing your experience!!

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