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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
At 1.30pm today while out with my friend at ash ranges I was bitten with one fang by an adult male adder. The snake got tangled in heather and like a fool i didn't let go.
Immeadiately felt the burn at the site of the bite and my finger became swollen within about 4 minutes. the swelling spread gradualy through all fingers and pain was felt localy and up my left forearm to the elbow.
Spent the afternoon at frimley park hospital but am now home. No AV was administered just painkillers anti-inflamitorys and a tetnus jab.




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GemmaJF
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
Ouch! Bet that smarts a bit. Speedy recovery Al
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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
Thanks Gemma, Most kind. It's made me realise I do not want to be hit by the big fellas in my garage

Hope all's good with you and Merv
Take care,
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AndyS
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007

[QUOTE=Alan Hyde]At 1.30pm today while out with my friend at ash ranges I was bitten with one fang by an adult male adder.

" SNIP"

Spent the afternoon at frimley park hospital but am now home. No AV was administered just painkillers anti-inflamitorys and a tetnus jab. 
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If I'd have known earlier I would have tooted my car horn as I came passed Frimley Park this afternoon, hope you recover soon.

so is that time off work to do more herping?

Never been bitten by a venomous snake just pythons and Monitor lizards


armata
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
Hope the adders OK?

Speedy recovery Al

A guy here in SA got tagged by a gaboon a couple of days ago, so that should make you feel better
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tim hamlett
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007

look on the bright side al...at least it's your left hand so it shouldn't affect your love-life too much.

seriously...hope it gets better soon and doesn't keep you away from herping for too long.

tim


Alan Hyde
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
Thanks for the well wishes and good humour folks , much appreciated.
been getting waves of nausea this evening with cold sweats , it's gonna be a restless night i feel.

Tony a gab? Now that's serious, how's he doing? by the way , when i got home from the hospital there was a very p****d off looking adder on the doorstep, he said, "I've tracked you from ash to frimley and back to ash aren't you dead yet, i'm hungry"

Hey Andy, I'm a very fortunate man mate, my wife does the work while I stay home and raise the monsters

Tim, LOL! I'd find a way if i had no hands
thanks folks,
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arvensis
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
Keep us updated on how long for the hand to get back to normality Al. 

Looks like I won't need to Pm you to sort out a trip out to the heaths in the next couple of weeks.

Get better soon.

Mark

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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
thanks mark , oh i'll be back in action before that mate
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arvensis
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007
Well looking at the temperatures for the next few days, it starting to cool down so I guess the end of the season maybe just around the corner.

I'm around from this Thursday till the end of next week(except Saturday), so we'll sort something if you're feeling up to it.

Mark

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*SNAKE*
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Posted: 24 Sep 2007

hi mate just as well it was an adder, and  not trampled by the Buffalo he he  

 get well soon, will ring you later


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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 25 Sep 2007
hi paul me old matey. The elephants were eyeing me up , so you're right, it could've been alot worse

An update. The swelling continued up untill the early hours and now comes up to the bicep and tricep, elbow has become stiff and there is very little mobility in the fingers. Arm and hand are fine while kept elevated but as soon as the limb is lowered there is an intense pain which is followed by an almighty internal itch throughout the hand and up into the wrist
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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 25 Sep 2007
please forgive lack of caps ect , just typing with one hand

just read through jerrys post here
jerrys bite
this is so similar to my bite, the swelling has now gone to my left shoulder and my hand has virtualy no mobility.
i was not offered av because my heart rate remained normal as did my blood pressure and i experienced no nausea up untill last night when i was home.
the doctor said that he would not administer av as he felt the selling was due to an allergic reaction and he felt that i'd recieved no venom.
i told him that i knew i had recieved venom as i'd recieved two very minor bites earlier in life and this was different , i'd felt the stinging burn almost immeadiately.
i'm quite annoyed now as my arm is huge, all the way up and the only relief is like jerry said with arm elevated high above my head like i'm in a classroom requesting the teachers attention.
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Vicar
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Posted: 25 Sep 2007
Hi Al,

I've been offline for a few days, just catching up with events. Sorry you got tagged mate, but on the up side, its all very interesting :P

Are you taking pics of the various stages?

Speedy recovery.

Steve

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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 26 Sep 2007
Hi Steve,
Thanks for the well wishes mate. I'm afraid I just did not feel like doing anything yesterday , but I shall take some snaps today .
It's pretty much the same this morning ,although I do have a little mobility in my fingers, but that may be due to the fact i've just woken up and it's been rested all night
Cheers,
Al

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sotonsteve
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Posted: 26 Sep 2007

Hi Alan,

I hope you get well soon.

Steve


Alan Hyde
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Posted: 26 Sep 2007
Hey Steve,
Thanks mate.
Just returned from Frimley Park Hospital where two different doctors looked at my arm and said, "You were not given AV?"
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Alex2
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Posted: 26 Sep 2007

Sorry to hear about the bite Al, but think yourself lucky - could of been much much worse. Get well soon, Al :)


Alan Hyde
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Posted: 26 Sep 2007
Thanks Alex mate :)
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Snake Inc.
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Posted: 26 Sep 2007
Those of us working with venomous will all eventually get tagged. The advantage is when we survive and use what we learn to avoid a reoccurrence.
"For in the end we will conserve only what we love
We will love only what we understand
And we will understand only what we have been taught"

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