Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A bug bite...ouch!

I woke up the other day with what I figured must have been a spider bite.  I don't know what type of spider but since I was breathing and moving around and in no significant pain I decided it must not have been one of those deadly ones like the black widow or brown recluse.

I don't know spiders and I really don't know the damage they can cause even if they don't kill you or force you to lose an arm or a leg, but never in my life have I ever felt so much itch and pain all at the same time. All in one small area of my right arm.

Day 2 after the bites

Day 5 after the bites
I went to the doctor when I realized that my home treatments were not helping and this thing was just getting bigger... on the bright side, my bicep looks pretty darn good this big, NOT!!  I was given Prednisone, Benadry, Antibiotics, Tylenol, topical stuff, AND was asked to not drink any alcoholic beverages. THAT is just wrong.  All I want is my one glass of red one, is that so much to ask. It might help, maybe? NO? Grrrr! Fine.

This is day two of the treatment and the pain and itch are still there but the swelling has gone down quite a bit.

Now my issue was with what I do for a living...Fitness Instructor. Yeah I can't exactly NOT work, you know, kids in college, kids at home, pets, house projects... ME Time. It all costs money so I have to work. This is my absolute favorite job. I love my job. It's not even a job because I have way too much fun and the benefits are amazing.  So I went to class and each time explained to my clients/students what happened so they wouldn't be concerned about my health or theirs.  They all offered their advice, suggestions, and personal bug bite stories.  See, this is another reason why I love my job, people helping people. Anyway, I found out that teaching while taking all these meds was probably not such a great idea, I felt light headed, tired and dehydrated. Still no excuses.

So what I did was to figure out what or how I was feeling during my physical activity and then figure out how to fix it.  First, I drank more water, Gatorade, and other fluids to maintain my electrolytes; secondly I ate really healthy--more than usual, more protein, complex carbs, lots of fruits and salads; finally, I went to bed earlier and rested when I could.  Eating in between classes was particularly important this week.  I also took it easy in my classes. No one ever said I had to do EVERYTHING with the same level of intensity so I just took it down a notch or two and felt fine.

But let me tell you what I did not feel while I was exercising... pain or itchy! WHAT?!?!? how is that possible and why? Well, the truth is I don't know exactly. I supposed I can ask my friends in the medical field and then I can shed some light on this issue. I kind of know but would rather get the exact reason behind this phenomenon. Does this mean that if I get itchy or feel pain I should go for a run or SPIN or exercises in some form at home? I think not but it just goes to show how awesome physical fitness is for your body and how great you feel when you exercise.

I'm still waiting for maximum relief from the bites, but it is nice to know that during my classes I will feel no pain and I will not feel itchy and I will continue to enjoy my awesome job, training you and helping you reach your fitness goals.

Watch out for the bugs and stay hydrated during these hot summer months! Oh how I wish I had a pool :-)

Stay Well,
Terie

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