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Old 07-11-2007, 05:56 PM   #21
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While running high school cross country many years ago the runner in front of me stepped in a hornets nest as we were nearing the finish line. He got away clean but I was stung about 30 times. I had them inside my shirt and running shorts! Needless to say that hurt like a M-F'er and I passed several runners ahead of me like they were standing still. That was one of the highest finishes of my X-country career but I was too pissed to enjoy it. I was still picking dead hornets out of my clothes on the bus ride back to school. The stings swelled up and were painful for two days.

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Old 07-11-2007, 06:39 PM   #22
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While running high school cross country many years ago the runner in front of me stepped in a hornets nest as we were nearing the finish line. He got away clean but I was stung about 30 times. I had them inside my shirt and running shorts! Needless to say that hurt like a M-F'er and I passed several runners ahead of me like they were standing still. That was one of the highest finishes of my X-country career but I was too pissed to enjoy it. I was still picking dead hornets out of my clothes on the bus ride back to school. The stings swelled up and were painful for two days.

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Ooooh, that reminds me of when I was body surfing at about age 13 or 14, and got a huge Portuguese Man'O'War tentacle inside the bra part of my swimsuit. Owww!! Nothing I could do about it modestly until I got home, either. I couldn't bear clothing on those very sensitive parts of my anatomy for several days. So embarrassing!
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:40 PM   #23
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We had an interesting case at the Ethics committee one time about a HIV positive patient who bit somebody. What can you tell the bitee while respecting the patient's confidentiality? Luckily it turned out that there was no transmission.
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I've had quite a few 'events' with wasp nests and oddly have never been stung. Perhaps the heat slows them down and makes them feel a bit tired too.

Last summer I was trimming back some shrubs when I noticed a couple of wasps warily circling my head. After checking my 50yd dash speed, I reconnoitered the area and discovered that I'd cut off a 3' chunk of branch with a rather large wasp nest attached and had thrown it over my shoulder onto the walkway.

The next closest I ever got was being awoken in the middle of the night to feel a warm, wet weight on my bare thigh. Half awake, I brushed it away only to come fully awake as I realized I was pushing a half dead rat off my leg, which my 25lb attack cat decided I might want to sleep with.

I really, really wouldnt have wanted the rabies shots for THAT bite...
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...which my 25lb attack cat decided I might want to sleep with.
I really, really wouldnt have wanted the rabies shots for THAT bite...
If you had bitten your cat I'm not sure that it would have survived long enough to make the trip to the vet's anyway!
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We had an interesting case at the Ethics committee one time about a HIV positive patient who bit somebody. What can you tell the bitee while respecting the patient's confidentiality? Luckily it turned out that there was no transmission.
Oh, yeah. As I recall, few in the states have been charged with attempted murder in such situations, along with an occasional perp who knowingly had unprotected intercourse with countless women while fully aware of his HIV status.

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Oh, yeah. As I recall, few in the states have been charged with attempted murder in such situations, along with an occasional perp who knowingly had unprotected intercourse with countless women while fully aware of his HIV status.
I used to work at a training command with a large division of HIV-positive sailors who were still fit for duty near major medical care. Every one of them had been required to sign a statement acknowledging their medical status and the possibility of felony prosecution for unprotected distribution of their bodily fluids.

The short-term attitudes of a few of these people led to courts-martial, non-judicial punishments, and administrative discharges that were, to say the least, interesting. I came close to losing it when a Navy lawyer stated, with a straight face, that his client's HIV treatment was causing the urinalysis to show a false positive for crystal methamphetamine.
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I was bitten by a bunch of fire ants in Florida a few years ago.

The stings hurt like hell for a few hours.
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I was bitten by a bunch of fire ants in Florida a few years ago.

The stings hurt like hell for a few hours.
That brought back an old memory.

Back when I was 4 or so, I sat down on a stump that was an ant hill. I have a vague memory of ripping of my clothes while running towards the house screaming for my mother.
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