By: Sue Anganes
My kids always say, “Mom, that would only happen to you!”and I guess that is sometimes true. On the last Saturday in November I was bitten on my arm by a Chinese Mantis. I was in my back yard ripping out invasive vines along a stone wall. I had gloves on but the bite was right on my arm where the glove ended. I didn’t think much of it until the following weekend.
At first my arm around the bite got a little red. It was about the size of a quarter. The next day was a Sunday so I went to a walk-in clinic to have it checked out. The bite was much larger and very red and hot. I was given an injection of antibiotics, a prescription for oral antibiotics, and told to come back the following morning to be rechecked. I woke up at 4 am on Monday to drive my husband to the airport. By then it was much worse. I went back for my re-check and had another two injections of antibiotic, and was told to go to the ER if things got any worse. By Monday night the bite was much worse. Since my husband was on a business trip, my daughter brought me into Lowell General Hospital. I was treated in the ER and then admitted for three days so I could recieve IV antibiotics.
The whirlwind of life suddenly slows down when you’re a mom stuck in a hospital room. All the routine details of home life are suddenly out of reach and foreign. Thankfully, I still have adult aged kids at home to keep things rolling, but some tasks just don’t get done while mom’s away. Our freshly cut Christmas tree still stood naked in the stand, waiting for everyone to be together to trim it. So many of the items I had wanted to cross off my Christmas to-do list were still listed, un-checked, when I got home.
I arrived home on Friday, just in time to head to the airport to pick up my husband. He was away for the week and so was I. We kind of joked with each other about being away on our respective “vacations.” We spent the weekend catching up on life’s details and resting. Our tree did get trimmed and it was great to be home all together again. Next year I’m hiring a landscaper!
Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates the holiday, and may Grace and Peace be upon all of your families this year.