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MyBite#: 1830 Name: Tgump_72
Date Bitten: 2/22/2005 Body Part: Leg - Thigh
City: Herrin State/Country: Illinois
Found Spider: No Severity of Bite: 2 - Somewhat Severe
Recurring Bite: No Pet Story: No
Medications: Antibiotics, Keflex, Steroids
polysporin,Decadron,Amoxicillian,Atarax 
EMail: Tgump_72

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My daughter's name is Jesika. She is eleven years of age. She was bitten on the 22 of February. We are not sure when or where exactly for sure. All we do know, is that she said she had a "pimple" on her leg, I looked at it, and saw the two bite marks in the middle, and knew right then, it must have been a bite of some sort. By the next morning, it had grown, but not only that, she was covered entirely with a rash like I have never seen. I immediatly got onto the phone to call her pediatrician to schedule an appt. for her to be seen. To no avail. They did not call me back. So, I called again. Still, no call back. I rushed her to Urgent Care, the rash was on top of her head, all over her face, on her neck to her ears, around her neck, down her entire torso, and covered her back, front, belly, under arms, and arms. There was the similiar rash around the bite on her left upper thigh, and some of the rash bumps on her upper thighs. The rash had not yet made it to her lower legs or feet, but was on her arms, not as bad, and a couple little rashes on her hands. I took her to urgent care, where they put her on Augmenten/ which was generic for Amoxicillian I was told. Also, they gave her a shot of some sort of Steroid in the office, and said it was strong, and sent us home with a topical oil to put on. No fever on that day. But her face was full of Edema. I would barely have recognized her. She was grumpy, itchy and hungry, had diarhea, but all in all, just wanted to go to school to not miss out on a trip they were to take.We took the meds as told, but the next day, she woke up, and I about had a heart attack, the bite mark was more swollen and red, and her RASH was just out of control! So, I rushed her to ER, and again, on my way there, left two more messages with her Pediatrician about how I was very mad that they still had not called me back regarding Jesika's condition. On my way to ER, they did seem to find the time to call me, but I was very rude in letting them know they were calling way to late, we were on our way to ER. In the ER, the DR. came in to examine Jesika, he barely touched her, and did look at the bite. He said, I think you caught that bite in time, where it should stay the same size and the chunk in the middle will fall out leaving a pothole, but this rash is probably a case of an allergic reaction to one of the medicines that she was put on in the Urgent Care, so lets change her medicine, stop this one, start that one, take this one, dont do that one, and we are going to give her a really strong shot that will take two shots to get the entire dose into her. I am sitting there in awe. I do not get what is going on, and I just feel so alone, this is my daughter, and I just want the best care for her. Then, the DR leaves the room, then comes back, he finally takes her gown apart and actually looks at the rash. He puts his hand to his forehead, sits down in a chair, and actually looks like he is thinking believe it or not. He seems like he is confused, I ask, could this be something else, is it contagious? I have been with her all week, I show no signs, she is miserable Dr. I keep on. I say, this came on, with the bite, but also, we started meds right away, she is a very sick girl, please tell me what to do. He says, I really think she needs to see her Pediatrician tomorrow, and he really needs to follow up on this. I tell him what type of nightmare that has been. He says, yes, he knows that office is bad about that, but if I have to, Go in in Person and demand that she be seen, take her with me, and rash patients cannot stay in the waiting area, and that she will be seen looking the way she looks. Well, it worked! So, Dr, L)*)&Z did see Jesika, and WOW, he passed up about fifteen patients waiting when he saw what she looked like. And I, in the meantime, filled out a Patient file release form stating the reason why switching doctors was because the staff could not keep up with emergency calls and call backs. Bad looks and stares came my way, but also sympathetic apologies also came my way as well. Jesika needs someone for Growing Pre teens anyway, she looked too big on that dinosaur bed, haha! So, the DR. only agreed with one of the meds that she was on, the Keflex, and the rest had to go, this was on Friday, Feb 25, 2005, and he has given her until tomorrow Feb 28 to finish this green potent pill to see her in his office at nine am. She has been out a week and is miserable. The magic green pill has not worked and the RASH, is so out of control that even four and five year olds are staring, and the people at walmart, that should know better can not keep their heads looking straight ahead. Poor Jesika, she feels like a leper, and I as her mother, want to protect her, but I cannot take away this awful rash that has taken over like a zit filled body rash, red hot, and raised, pussy, keeps opening, crusting over, making new ones, itching, and just all around disgusting. All over a spider bite that was definatly named the Brown Recluse Spider. They are mean, viscious, and have destroyed my daughters self esteem, all in one week so far, and I have no Idea how much longer we have to go. Hopefully, they can put her in the hospital, give her an iv to push some sort of miracle drug into her to take it all away. This has been a nightmare that I hope none of you have to endure. I will let you know the more I find out. I will take some photos of her tomorrow at the nine o'clock DR appt for you to see the changes of the rash and bite, until then, I hope someone can add to my story or share something similiar that maybe could help me find out what I need to ask or know! Yours truly, Tgump Right after I wrote this, my daughter broke out into a major rash on her face, neck, back, legs, private parts, and scalp, into ears and she was having a hard time breathing. I rushed her to our local emergency room, where they called for an ambulance and rushed her to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis MO. They feared she was having a Steven Johnsons Syndrome disease due to the pennicillian she was administered previously, but I kept arguing, that she had the rash before the meds were given! They finally took a biopsy off of her rear and sent it off for review. Jesika spent a week in the hospital on many iv interventions, even though they had no idea really what they were dealing with. When the biopsy came back, it was clear: Jesika was completely infected with Brown Recluse Spider Venom in her skin cells and blood!! She was given the highest dosages of steroid iv and antibiotics also she was given fluids and her body looked like it was leaking out honey from all areas from her face to her feet. Her face swelled out, and her itching was out of control. They gave her many itching pills to get her to rest a little and a very potent cream kept in the fridge to cool the itching, that was applied twice per day, amongst another cream in between. Finally, Jesika got her first bath, and boy, that was a joyous day to her! She felt like a million bucks! She did go against regulation and went in and scrubbed her face to death with a wash rag and peeled most of the dripping honey looking skin off of her face, boy did it look so smooth and bright red when she got out. I had to smile, she is stubborn like her mom! And, with the steroids, she ate and ate. She would eat her tray, then they would give her a voucher for five dollars to go to the cafeteria and eat with me, then she would have snacks from the floor all night long! She did get to meet Andy Benes from the Cardinals he was a pitcher but now retired, and also received many prayers, cards and balloons. Luckily, I took this rash seriously, the hospital had to document it, and bring in 15-20 interns to see it, other doctors were stopping in just to look, they took photos to document it, and I had to sign for them to continue the study. This was named a servere reaction to the venom of a Brown recluse Spider and it could have been fatal, had I not acted prompt and with the authority that I had. So, with these bites, do not take chances, do not sit at home and think that they will go away or take care of themselves. They do not. They eat away at your skin cells, they eat away at your blood system, and break down your immune system. Also, if there is one there is more. If a baby or child in your home is bitten, they can go through what my eleven year old went through and almost died, and if a infant went through this, they would not have survived at all. You will understand with the pictures I am submitting. Please take my advice, all males with pride, all females who dont take the time, just take the time to make sure, if I had not, I would not have my loveley daughter today from a bite that took place one week and a half ago. I love you all and you should love yourselves too! tgump 5-8-05


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