🦂 Further down the rabbit hole: Thursday night I accidentally slept with an Arizona Bark Scorpion, the most venomous scorpion in North America. (It can be deadly to children, pets and the elderly and immune compromised.) When I rolled over in my sleep at 9:40pm I was jolted awake by the most awful thorny sensation on a spot of my back near my armpit I could neither see nor reach. JAB JAB JAB! When I frantically pulled off my shirt there it was. A little wheat-colored slip of a thing, just like in my worst cowboy camping (tent-less) nightmares. And I was in such shock and so horrified I just watched feebly as it crawled into the bushes right by my cowboy camp setup. I failed to kill it.
So I packed up camp in the dark and hiked 1/2 mile upstream in the Kanab to a new spot, away from that awfully rude bedfellow. I set alarms to wake myself all night at 15-45 minute intervals, to make sure I was breathing ok, etc. By morning I could not walk without difficulty because my eyes could not hold position or focus and my arms and legs were numb and had severe electrified pins and needles. I stumbled like a drunk, crouched over, just to make it a few feet to pee. I was having sneezing fits and snotting heavily. I took this video at 5am it was hard to even turn on my phone and press the right buttons. But I managed to pack up camp and return down river to where some other people were camped. I sat near them while they packed up and painfully made myself tea with useless painful hand stumps and drank as much water as I could manage. They said it looked like two bites, and thought I should camp an extra day until I felt better but I had other plans: hike 20 miles to the next water source. 😈
I did hike those twenty miles. Imagine walking 8 miles with those kind of pins and needles you get in your legs sometimes when you sit wrong. Where it really hurts to stand up? Yeah. And unsteady because your eyeballs won’t sit still. Torture. It’s been 48 hours and I still have some intense pins and needles in my hands and feet tonight (but went most the day without them), but I’m pretty much fully recovered. I hope I never ever get stung by a scorpion ever again. Ever. Never ever.