One thing I’ve learnt is that it is hard to take a photo of the inner inside of your elbow. Inner inside? OK, I’ll try again. When I look at the inside crease of my left elbow, on the right hand side, a little towards the back is a nasty red inflammation and in the middle of the red inflamed area is a blister with lots of tiny blisters around it. I can see the profile of the blister but can only see the whole area by holding my arm up to a mirror. But I’m a two handed photographer and the one handed results show zilch. I got the best result with the half turned inside out elbow resting on the armchair. Who would have thought my skin could be
such a pretty colour, it's actually a bit redder than this.
The question is what bit me? I had no idea but have been doing some investigation on line.
When I lived in North Queensland I learnt to always check my shoes before I put them on and I always gave my clothes a bit of a flick before I put them on. But I’ve long forgotten those precautions against spiders. Change that to I had forgotten…the bath towel and clothes flicking will become part of my routine from now on.
On Tuesday morning when I was towelling myself after a shower I felt a pin prick on aforementioned elbow. It really did feel like a pin prick and because I’ve been doing a bit of sewing lately, I searched the towel for a pin. How would a pin have got into the towel? Anything is possible when there are children around. So I thought it must have been a spider and forgot all about it.
It wasn’t till Thursday afternoon when I left soreness when my long sleeved blouse rubbed against my elbow that I even looked at the area. I got such a fright! The nurse at the Health Centre at work gave me an antihistamine pill and some cream which soothes it.
New Zealand is relatively free of things that bite and cause harm. There are three species of spiders in New Zealand that should be avoided - the Katipo, the Redback and the White-tailed Spider. From what I’ve read it is likely to have been a White-Tail. They don’t build a web but wander around looking for prey. Guess I was prey of the day. And their favourite hiding spots are in beds and in towels and clothes. Like us, they like to stay warm.
The consolation is they are unlikely to cause necrotising arachnidism. Now that’s a relief.