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Subject: [Leica] war stories... and fire ants!
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Sun Sep 17 18:40:09 2006
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On Sep 17, 2006, at 6:16 PM, Don Dory wrote:

> Bart,
> I lived in Texas for about fifteen years and stepped on many a red ant
> hill.  They are a little ansy and will start letting you know that  
> you are a
> home wrecker.  I remember one time I was doing a flower shot with a  
> 15mm
> with my head in a hill.  It took me a while to figure out where all  
> the fire
> was coming from.  A few minutes of brushing them out of my scalp  
> and it hurt
> for a couple of days.
> What's the moral, if you have allergies or have unusual swellings  
> when the
> creatures bite, then you need to walk carefully through the  
> plains.  For
> some of us, it is merely unpleasant.  Others, life threatening.

Bart...  During the episode I described I got bit 30-50 times at once  
(maybe more), and lost consciousness for a while...  likely because  
of hypotension.

It didn't kill me, but might have if I had fallen where I was exposed  
to more bites...

it was likely a toxic reaction rather than anaphylaxis...  and it was  
rare... I have not heard of others here, who have had this happen,   
though it is occasionally reported in the medical literature...

though I'm an MD and a victim of this... I have syringes full of  
epinephrine just in case, but I'm not sure I could find them quickly  
if I really needed to...


> Don
> On 9/17/06, <> wrote:
>> In a message dated 9/16/06 7:30:25 PM, writes:
>> << Bad scene my friend let's be careful out there when you know
>> these critters are around. >>
>> I know this question is totally OT, but how in the world are people
>> coexisting with these pernicious little buggers?  I know the short  
>> answer
>> is "Watch
>> where you step!", but, really, how dangerous are they proving to  
>> to be
>> people and
>> pets?  Is this story a one-in-a-million thing, or are people being  
>> killed
>> by
>> these guys, and I just don't hear about it?
>> Bart
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