Once Bitten…

Poor Ruthie!  First a bee sting, then the chicken pox, and then this:

Ruthie's bite marked before the venom spread to her wrist
Ruthie’s bite marked with a pen to track its growth

This developed on Ruthie’s arm one morning… an itchy swollen large red “spot”.  We marked it with a permanent marker (“koki pen”), and sure enough it spread until the swollen area reached her wrist.  When we brought her to the clinic the nurse said she had never seen anything like it, but Ruthie definitely had a bite of some sort, and the venom was spreading down her arm.   All she was sure of was that it was not a spider bite because they have black spots in the middle and this did not.  She gave us liquid anti-histamine and some anti-itch ointment and by the next day it was greatly improved.  Unfortunately after completely disappearing it has now reappeared as a small itchy spot.  Ruthie takes it all in her stride.  I will keep watching…

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2 Responses to “Once Bitten…”


  1. 1 Kylie June 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Ruthie – you must be so sweet that everyone and everything wants to take a bite! Sorry about all the things that are happening to you. I’m glad you’re doing ok with it all though. Love you!

  2. 2 robyn June 13, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Oh, Ruthie! I was so sorry to hear about this awful bite! I had heard about it last week, but haven’t been able to comment until now. We have been praying that you would feel all better from your bite and fever and that everyone else would feel better too from their colds. We miss you all very much, Aunt Robyn, Uncle Jake and Jonathan 🙂


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