This post is more for Andee over in Chacala but I think it is interesting enough to share with all of you. She has written about scorpions lately and her fear of them. That reminded me of my first experience with a scorpion here on the island.
In 2000, we were still visiting as tourists and stayed at a little house by the beach. This place had a palapa roof. The ones made out of interlocking palm fronds. I woke up one morning and complained, er, mentioned, to B that my chest hurt. More accurately, my right pectoral muscle. I thought maybe I had slept on it funny or had overdone it the day before. You know, turned over too many times while lying in the sun all day!
As the day wore on, it got progressively worse. It felt like some champion boxer had punched me exactly in the pec. Then that same intense pain migrated to my underarm and my lymph nodes began to swell. B wanted me to go the doctor. Who? Me? No way. There was no blood, no damage, nothing. By early evening we could see 14 tiny pin prick like marks on my chest which had formed tiny scabs. Mmmmm. It looked like something may have bitten me. We were sitting at a restaurant which happened to be directly across from the doctors' office when the next symptom occurred. My entire right arm went numb and I could not feel it or move it. That scared me enough that I pranced myself across the street to the doctor.
He listened to my symptoms and examined the little scabby things. He then pronounced that I had been stung by a scorpion no less than 14 times! I probably rolled over onto it in my sleep and it just kept banging away until I moved off of it. Thankfully, he diagnosed that it was one of the lesser scorpions that cause a lot of pain but are not deadly! I had to get a very painful shot of antihistamine in my right butt cheek, take antihistamine pills and rub cortisone cream onto the scabs for two weeks.
When the scabs finally fell off they left 14 very visible little white scars. They show up really well when I am not tanned. To commemorate this event, I went back to Minnesota and promptly had a scorpion tattooed over the spot!
So Andee, chances are that even if you get stung, you won't die. But you will be miserable for awhile!