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Posted by patrickv on October 20, 2002 at 23:50:02:
In Reply to: Sorry to hear you were bitten BUT...... posted by Brendan on October 20, 2002 at 23:25:34:
:Just curious if you felt that AV was absolutely necessary or if your prognosis would have been much worse had you opted to ride it out without it?
From my reaction to the bite and the fact that the swelling had slowed/halted at the time they were administering the AV i would say that i probably could have done ok without. I opted to go with the AV for 3 reasons.....the conditions under which i was bitten were not ideal (ie: the strenuous hike out and the fact that i pumped the venom all over the place fast enough that i was numb and tingly all over and rubbery in 10 minutes), the fact that the snake held on and bit repeatedly meaning that i probably got a good portion of his capable yeild, and 3 that i had no reaction at all to the subcutaneous AV test i was given and the treatment with 5 vials didnt seem too overboard.
I do feel the helicopter ride was excessive in the emergency sence however i believe they flew me more because the drive to kaiser would have taken 2 hours and it is a small town with very few ambulances to spare for a 4 hour round trip delivery.