Did I ever tell you about the time I got bit by a Copperhead snake?
I learned 2 important things about PEOPLE because of a snake. But first....
YES, it hurt.
NO, I did not kill it.
YES, I got treatment, but not immediately. (More about that in a minute.)
NO, I am not terrified of snakes now.
I was not fully envenomated - this is when a snake gives you a full dose of venom in the bite. Sometimes, if snakes are hunting for their dinner, they will “save” their venom for their prey. Thankfully, the snake did not see ME as prey. I was just in the way. I only got a tiny amount, but it was enough to cause blood issues and kidney problems in the following days. ANY bite from a wild animal can introduce bacteria and icky goo into your body. I had to take antibiotics for a localized infection at the bite site.
The home had mice in it. Earlier in the day, I found holes in the walls where creatures could just come right on in. It was the perfect setup for hungry snakes - their food source was readily available and they could enter the home during the night when we were all asleep.
Except, I wasn’t asleep. During the night, I was having terrible back spasms because of the bed I was sleeping on. (I am way too old to sleep on some crappy camp bed, and I learned that lesson the hard way!) In the wee hours of the night, I got up and wandered around the darkened cabin. Barefoot. This was not a wise idea and I know better, but I was sleep-deprived, in pain, and I needed to pee. There was at least one snake in the house because it bit my right foot, just below the ankle. And if there is one, then there are always MORE. (It’s the law of reproduction - if you see one, then there is a mate and slithery children, too.)
2 Basic Human Truths I Learned Because Of A Snake
FIRST REACTION - The gentleman we were with denied my story. He said it wasn’t possible because HE HAD NOT SEEN ANY SNAKES. It did not matter that I had bite marks; it did not matter that I had swelling; it did not matter that I had blood seeping out of fang marks on my ankle. He said that the family had been coming to this location for decades and they had never seen snakes. I pointed out to him that I had seen a snake the day before on the porch. He did not WANT to believe my story. He chose to not believe it because it would change his perspective on the reality of their vacation home, the need for covering that rank and dank sewer, and the danger that is present with area critters.
- FIRST TRUTH - People will deny facts when it serves their personal need, even if the facts are right in front of them.
SECOND REACTION - The woman we were with also denied my story. She said it wasn’t possible because as a young woman SHE HAD ONCE BEEN BITTEN. She explained that when she was bitten, she was at a youth summer camp and everyone freaked out. A helicopter came and whisked her away to a hospital. She mentioned that if I had been bitten, then surely I would have freaked out by now and surely I would have gotten a little more upset. She did not WANT to believe my story. She chose to not believe it. Her experience colored her perception of what happened to me.
- SECOND TRUTH - People view others through their own perspectives, perceptions and experiences.