The best thing about visiting my mom’s is her GIANT fridge! I raided that sucker for a colorful lunch salad.
My little brother, Matt and cat Lucky in front of previously mentioned massive fridge…
So after yesterday’s snake sighting hearing Ben and I discussed what we should do if one of us was bitten. We both had theories…
Me:“Maybe I should run to the car to get to the hospital faster. But, that might spread the poison through my body faster, so I’m not sure…”
Ben: “I’ve heard you should try and catch the snack so the doctors know what kind of venom it has.”
So, if I’m bitten he’s going to chase after the snake and get poisoned as well? Fan-freaking-tastic.
Here are some Rattle Snake Facts from Along the Way
Q. Will I alert a rattlesnake on a trail if I make a lot of noise?
A. No. Snakes do not have external ears and are essentially deaf; however, they are very sensitive to vibrations. Therefore, although they may not hear you approaching, they will probably “feel” your footsteps as you get closer to them.
Q. What should I do if I get bitten by a rattlesnake? What if my pet gets bitten?
A. If you suffer a rattlesnake bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Remain calm and immobilize the wound, keeping it below heart level. Do not apply a tourniquet, cut or suction the wound, and do not apply ice. Identify the snake if possible, but only if it can be done safely and quickly. If it is necessary to walk, do so slowly, and rest frequently. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room or call 911. Follow the same procedure for a pet; only take them to the nearest veterinarian.(source)
What to do if bitten by a rattle snake from Trail Blazer Magazine:
- Stay calm, get safely away from the snake, and have someone call 9-1-1 (or the emergency number in your area). The less the victim moves the bitten site, the less likely the venom will be profused and cause damage.
- Have the victim lie down with the affected limb lower than the heart. Keep the limb immobilized. If practical, splint the limb.
- Treat for shock and preserve body heat.
- Remove any rings, bracelets, boots, or other restricting items from the bitten extremity. (ItWILL swell.)
- Apply a light constricting band about 2″ above and below the bite, however never place the bands on either side of a joint (such as above and below the knee or elbow). This band should be made up of wide, soft material, that could be a handkerchief or shredded clothing. The band should only be as tight as the band the nurse applies when giving a blood test.
- NOTE: The purpose of constricting bands is to restrict lymphatic flow, not blood, so they should not be too tight. Check pulses below the bands and readjust them as necessary when they tighten due to swelling.
- Wash the bite with soap and water (if available).
- If the victim has to walk out, sit calmly for 20-30 minutes to let the venom localize at the site,proceed calmly to the nearest source of help and try to avoid unnecessary exertion that will stimulate circulation of the poison.
- Get the victim to definitive medical care for antivenin, that will provide the greatest relief from the toxic effects of the bite. (source)
Okay back to work!