Saturday, May 17, 2008
This is our first host mom in site, Angela. On the end of her stick is the scorpion that stung me. Lee was not there at the time but some of the kids were on the porch and I was taking a shower. I grabbed my towel without looking at it and a scorpion stung me. When I pulled the towel away it dropped off and ran out of the shower. I asked the kids where the scorpions make their homes and the came right back there with machetes cutting back the grass to look for him. They could not find him but over the next couple of hours 4 or 5 different people from the community visited me and brought me the herbal remedies that they use. Oh, and they sat with me for the first 3o minutes or so after the sting because that is when you find out if you are going to get violently ill or not. We have 2 main types of scorpions in our site and I was pretty sure it was not the bad one but since nobody got a good look at it they wanted to make sure. When Angela came by to check on me she asked where it had happened I took her back there and showed her and she said, "Sometimes they get right under here" as she grabbed a stick and started poking. After about 4 jabs she came up with a scorpion on the end of her stick and asked if that was it. That was it indeed. I took a picture and that is the day she became my hero.