"The next time a coincidence blesses your life then embrace it for the gift from God that it is. We are all watched over with so much love. May we make our lives a gift of love as well."
I called the Med Center ER and told them what had happened and that we were on the way. Not far from the house she had already become very sleepy and had a metallic taste in her mouth. Somehow I reached the ER in 25 minutes. (which from where we live, I shouldn't have been able to do) Before I had a chance to shut off the vehicle the staff already had her out of the van and gone. When I got to her they notified me that had it been any longer to get there she'd be dead. This is where the story gets more interesting.
There was only one Dr. who worked at that hospital that had dealt with a snake bite and he was there that day. Before they could give her the anti-venom they needed to know what they were dealing with. Working that day was a male nurse who kept venomous snakes...now as it turns out he didn't correctly distinguish the exact kind of snake but they now had a good enough idea to start with. It sounds like it took a long time but actually all this was happening in split seconds and short moments.
There was so much going on at one time. There were so many people around and they were all trying to save one life....my daughters'. They left all the other patients for her. At one point I heard her say she couldn't see...(her eyesight was getting very blurry) and she ask me if she was going to die. Something so strong welled up inside me and I told her "No baby, you're not going to die. God loves you and He has placed everyone you need right here." I had no idea where that had come from. I knew it in my heart but in my head I was frightened. There was an unbelievable peace that surrounded her. If I moved several feet away I was overcome with such unbearable anguish yet the anguish dissolved into nothingness in closeness to her.
They gave her 16 vials of anti-venom. Even with the anti-venom in her system the venom was causing the swelling in her hand to continue. They became so concerned they called on the hand surgeon to come take a look. He told me that if the swelling continued he would have to cut open her hand... literally slice open the skin so the swelling wouldn't destroy the nerves and blood vessels. This would leave her with life long scars. Well the swelling in her hand stopped.
She broke out in a rash from head to toe and they had to give her lots of Benadryl. She was having an allergic reaction to the anti-venom. Though the swelling in her hand had stopped she began complaining of pain in her arm and wrist. The swelling was moving slowly but surely up from her hand. She was bitten by a juvenile cottonmouth, a pit-viper. Their venom attacks the local area where the bite is but it also affects the central nervous system. This is why she was losing her vision. Before the swelling reached her elbow they gave her another 7 vials of anti-venom...yes...that totals 23 vials. She was moved into ICU once she was stabilized but the swelling continued. The nurses had to wake her every hour to ask her questions to see what if any detrimental effects the venom was having on her brain. Eventually the swelling was just inches from her shoulder. At that time we were told that we had exhausted the hospitals supply of anti-venom. They had found several nearby hospitals that had anti-venom and could get it to the Med Center in 30 min. If the swelling rose one more inch up her arm they were calling in the anti-venom and would have to dose her with another 7-9 vials. That wasn't something we wanted to hear.
Looking back I don't understand why we worried...seeing as every-time we were given an "if this then that" scenario something cool happened ...why would this time be any different? It wasn't any different....the swelling stopped! The next day she was moved out of ICU into a private room.