Two Years After Brown Recluse Spider Bite

It’s been a long time, more than a year, since I posted on this blog. I apologize to everybody for that, especially those who have been my regular readers. I do have a pretty good excuse though, which is being incapacitated for more than a year. In fact I could have died as several people I know of who suffered brown recluse spider bite did die because of it.

Further below I will post a video of what my spider bite wound looked like fairly recently. A few posts below this post you can watch a video of my spider bite wound after 3 months.

What I really would like to know from everybody reading this article or post is, if you think I should write a book about the brown recluse spider bite and what I went through as well as what I have learned about these spiders and their bites and how powerless doctors generally are in trying to help the brown recluse spider bite victims. Write your comments about what you think I should do. Should I write the book or not?

From what I have learned through researching the success of books on similar subjects, I’m not going to make any money from that kind of book. Most likely nobody will buy it. Would you buy my book about the spider bite and everything I learned connected with such a bite?

If many of you will comment that I should write such a book it may persuade me to write it as was my intention before doing my research into a possible demand for it without getting your opinion.

I do have some horrible pictures of the spider bite wound which would be published in the book too. I’m reluctant to post them here or anywhere else in case I do write and publish the book.

Have a look at two videos below showing what the spider bite wound looks like now and what it looked like 7 months after the bite:

My foot with Brown Recluse Spider Bite Wound After 21 Months:

My foot with Brown Recluse Spider Bite Wound after 7 Months:

I think you can get a taste of how horrible the bite was and how it was affecting my ability to do anything, let alone doing something creative like writing blog posts. The first year after the bite I couldn’t walk without crutches and the first fourteen months I couldn’t walk without a medical boot. It was only after 14 months since the spider bite that I could barely walk without a medical boot. I was then able to squeeze my bitten foot into a wide type of a running shoe. When I did that the foot would swell and kind of overflow out of the edges of the running shoe. I couldn’t remove the shoe, for fear of not being able to put it back on during the day later, until getting home at night and then my foot would have a ridiculous shape after getting it out of the shoe which wouldn’t go away until I got up after a night’s sleep.

Go to the comments section now and let me know what you think about it and if I should write a book about the brown recluse spider bite I suffered and everything that I learned about it and from it.

Authored by Vance Sova

Easy Video Solutions is a new product that is just now being promoted and sold. To make videos easily is something that every marketer would like to be able to do. But can you really make videos easily? From the marketing standpoint that is what they want you to believe. But can it be done, is it a fact or fiction?

I’d say that it’s a bit of both. It is a fact that you can learn how to make good professional looking videos when you follow a good set of instructions. But it’s also a fact that it is not as easy as those trying to sell you their courses on video making make it out to be.

It still requires you to master some skills that may not come naturally to you. You may have to overcome some fears that you may have about being on camera and so on.

And, of course, learning how to make professional looking videos will require time and practice no matter how good the course you are following is.

You need to keep in mind that even if you have an iPhone or other smart phone with a good quality camera which you can use for good quality video making these days, you will still need other equipment like a tripod and a good set of lights and an editing software to name a few.

It’s a fiction to think that just buying a good course on video making will be an easy solution for all your video making problems.

If you realize that you have to put to work everything that is contained in the course and that it will take some time and effort and additional investment into some equipment then buying a good video making course can be a good solution for you when it comes to being able to make good and professional looking marketing videos.

Aside from the hyped name, Easy Video Solutions is a very good product for learning how to make good marketing videos. The authors of the course are both seasoned internet marketers who are making good marketing videos routinely.

They provide instructional videos and 10 video script templates for different kinds of businesses.

If you keep what I wrote above in mind I think that it is very good product for the price they are offering it at. I recommend that you check it out.

If you do decide to buy it I’d like you to post a comment here about how you like it.

If you checked it out and decided not to buy it I’d like to read your comment too.


Authored by Vance Sova


I think I’m finally back, after a long pause, posting on this blog. I’m still not healed from the brown recluse spider bite which I suffered on September 03, 2013 but the pain is more tolerable and I can focus a bit more.

I derive no joy from writing about Google Chrome after such a long pause but it’s been hard to even find the sites and pages of the most popular sites like YouTube and Yahoo using this browser.

It seems that for the last few months, if not for longer, Google Chrome has a hard time finding Yahoo, YouTube and really any other site. It’s not happening all the time but at least as often, if not more often, than not.

Getting “This Page Is Not Available” when going to YouTube or Yahoo repeatedly is no fun. Nor is it fun getting “Resolving Host” when going to these sites that lasts what seems like forever.

If these things are caused by something else than Google Chrome, which is not entirely impossible, I’d like to know what it is. I do not experience this when I use Firefox almost at all. When there is a problem while using Firefox these days it’s then really almost always a problem with the internet service provider which I can tell by not being able to get to the internet at all.

I’ve heard from other people that Chrome is not working properly for them either. They too have to revert to Firefox quite often.

Another thing that is making Google Chrome incredibly slow at times is waiting for fonts google apis or for ajax google apis. There could be more reasons but the bottom line is that Google Chrome just doesn’t cut it anymore as it used to. It is getting increasingly hard to use. Even if it worked properly it would still be significantly slower than Firefox.

If you too are having similar problems with Google Chrome, I’d like to know. Please mention it in your comment.

You Can Hear Me Sing – Play Instruments

That’s right. As you may or may not know I do play the guitar, harmonica and sometimes ukulele for fun and I also sing for fun. This hobby kept me out of trouble as a youngster and now when I was in incredible pain for months due to the brown recluse spider bite the hobby helped a great deal to maintain my sanity. I could hardly do anything because of the pain but somehow while singing and playing the instruments I was able to partly forget about the pain. All the voices in the two videos below are mine.

In the first video I sing a well known song and as I was recording it I was thinking of all the people that had been so helpful during my affliction. I dedicated the song to them.

In the second video I sing a song dedicated to my Mom. It’s a song by Demis Roussos called Magdalena which happens to be my Mom’s name. To me she’s the Best Mom In The World.

I look forward to your comments on Google Chrome or even my videos and the music in them. Cheers.

Authored by Vance Sova

It’s true. You can get a spider bite in BC. A recluse spider bite. Recluse spiders are extremely poisonous. I got bitten by one, most likely the brown recluse spider, on September 03, 2013 at about 5:45 p.m. and almost 3 months later the resulting wound is still open, my foot and leg is very swollen and I can’t walk nor can I fit my injured foot into any shoe because it’s so big and also painful and sensitive.

The video further down the page shows me walking by the use of crutches 17 days after the spider bite. The doctor at the walk in clinic to which I went 17 days after being bitten and 3 days after being (ill)treated at the hospital was very pleasant and did his best to help.

His attitude was a million times better than what I found inside the hospital emergency. The reception at the hospital emergency was OK but the emergency itself is another story.

At this point I want to express my immense gratitude to my good and dear friends one of which took me to the clinic and another to the hospital. They continue to give me rides to doctors appointments as I cannot drive because of the injury.

One of my friends also took this video of me. He should have held the smart phone horizontally to get a full screen picture but I didn’t notice how he held it and he’s not a video person. I’m grateful for at least this level of video but if you don’t like the format I don’t blame you and I apologize.

In the video I suggest to everyone to kill spiders on sight. It’s up to you what you do with them. I used to often carefully take them out to spare their life. At least at this point, still unable to walk and in pain I can’t even do that even if I wanted to. When my foot is back to normal I may get over it and release the spiders that I find in the house alive.

I’m now more skilled in walking with the crutches. I just got them when the video was taken by my friend. If you get a laugh out of watching me struggling to walk with them that’s OK.

Watch the video below to see how a spider bite can disable a person:

Hospital Emergency Treat Spider Bites

With Antibiotics.

That’s All They do.

It takes 6 weeks to several months to get to see a specialist In BC.

I went to a hospital emergency 2 weeks after being bitten. The reason for the delay in going there was that I read on the internet that hospitals don’t really help with this kind of injury and in some cases have made matters much worse. (Yes, to the point of starting to discuss amputation).

It was only because of my wife and friends who were pleading with me to go to the hospital that I finally went there.

The experience at the hospital emergency in British Columbia was, on the whole, at least as horrible as you can imagine. I won’t go into everything that happened there right now, except that all those internet sites describing what happens to a person going to a hospital emergency with this kind of injury were right when they said that the only thing a person is given there is antibiotics.

There is no anti-poison or anti-venom for the brown recluse spider bite and it is precisely the poison or the venom from the spider that does the damage.

(I took the video of my foot which you can see just below yesterday, December 03,2013, exactly three months after the spider bite. What you see there is the spider venom damage, there is no infection.)

And the damage is severe. The spider venom which is very similar to snake venom basically liquifies the body tissues that it gets to. It turns them into mush. The venom eats through you and leaves a lot of damage destroying your veins, skin and flesh.

Although there are people who know how to treat brown recluse spider bites, they are apparently not to be found in BC and in fact in most hospitals in North America the treatment that apparently works is not used and it is often denied even when asked for.

People that know how to treat these bites are usually vets and they are in the United States in the states where these spiders commonly live. It seems that the brown recluse spiders are now living well beyond these known areas in places where they are not supposed to live, like in BC and California.

The problem in the states where the spiders are acknowledged to live and even more so in BC is, that medical doctors are largely ignorant about how to treat these spider bites effectively.

Worse yet, they won’t listen to anybody who refers them to the information about a treatment that has been done with good results. So even in the United States it is very likely that the doctor, the hospital emergency you’ll visit, will only give you antibiotics and nothing else.

While antibiotics can prevent an infection, they are totally useless when it comes to neutralizing or getting rid of the poison which  the spider has injected.

In BC the hospital emergency gave me an antibiotic drip and a prescription for a week’s supply of oral antibiotics, saying that I should come or go for another antibiotic drip the next day.

The doctor at the hospital emergency was the only doctor there and being very busy refused to look at the treatment that tens of people have had a success with and that I was asking for.

She promised to look at it the next day. I doubt that she looked at it as there is a different doctor in the emergency every day and, of course, I was never contacted by her to be told that she looked at it or anything else.

I was convinced that I had no infection from the spider bite and that was confirmed by the labs results after 4 days in which no bacterial growth from the swab test was found.

By the way the blood test showed a lower count of white blood cells than normal which any doctor should know means that there is no infection. High count of white blood cells would indicate the opposite.

But I was pumped with antibiotics anyway and was told to get another drip of them the next day.

There must be good money from antibiotics. Just one week’s supply of the oral prescription of them cost around $40.

Anyway, here I am, 3 months less 2 days since suffering the spider bite and after visiting a hospital emergency and making 4 or 5 visits to doctors I have not experienced any helpful results.

The last visit was with a specialist. The waiting time to get to the specialist was more than 6 weeks.

The specialist that I really wanted to see was booking for January and February of next year.

I am very sorry to have to write about the disturbing fact here, which is that the Health Care in British Columbia, Canada, the BC Medical system can’t treat spider bites in the 21st century.

Perhaps in the Middle Ages the level of care and treatment could not have been much worse.

I hope that you’ll never get a spider bite and should you be as unfortunate as me in this case and suffer the affliction, I hope that you’ll find a doctor who is not ignorant about how to treat it.

I strongly suggest that you go to a hospital emergency right away but make sure you ask them how they will treat the spider bite. If the only thing they offer you is antibiotics I suggest, if you believe that your wound is not infected, that you leave right away and find somewhere else where they can treat it properly.

Otherwise you’ll end up like me being injured and unable to walk for months. It will be 3 months on December 03, 2013 since I was bitten. The specialist told me that it will be many more months before the wound heals and I can walk again. He refused to tell me how many months.

By the way, the hospital emergency kicked me out of the hospital close to midnight and I had to ask them 3 times to at least bandage my wound before I go. They were telling me to leave with the open wound uncovered.

I won’t relate the whole story but the male nurse that was giving me the antibiotics drip infected my hand with the needle which he touched after spitting into his hand and then used it to pierce the vein in my left hand several times but he wasn’t successful in placing it into the vein firmly.

As he was trying to make the vein pop up and to get bigger, he hit my hand in the area of the vein several times with a dull object. Finally he succeeded finding a vein that was able to fix the needle in on my right arm, on the other side of the elbow.

There is more to the story but I’ll leave it out as it contains more horrible behavior by the male nurse and the other staff there.

I have finally decided to speak up about this because nobody that I encounter has ever heard of this kind of a spider bite in BC. People are shocked and can’t believe that the injury can be so severe and that the medical system is totally helpless and ignorant about how to properly treat it.

I am doing this in order to make people aware and hopefully to help them to take a more informed action. My experience has so far taught me that the system as such doesn’t care.

You can’t just go to a specialist. You have to be referred to him or her by another doctor. And when you are referred to them, it takes many weeks but more often several months before that specialist sees you.

That kind of time frame is useless, unhelpful and downright dangerous with a spider bite injury. All the damage will be done by that time.

The medical system, at least the way I experienced it in BC with this injury is totally useless and doesn’t really care about your health and well being.

I wish you all good health and to never need the services of the health care system.

Now it’s time for you to comment on what you’ve just read and seen in the video above.

Have you ever heard of poisonous spider bites in the area where you live?

If so, how were they treated? How was the person suffering the bite affected?

What do you think of the health care or medical system in the country, state or province where you live?

For the sake of all people who have never heard of poisonous spider bites in North America and elsewhere where the climate is not tropical, please share this post by liking it on Facebook, tweeting it, G+ ing it and bookmarking it on your favorite site or two.


Authored by Vance Sova