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Posted May 30, 2011 - 11:19 AM

Well the weekend adventure took a turn but its not as bad as it seems. William, 4yo, was walking back from playing on the new trailer, about 50 ft from where we were sitting and watching. About half way back he made a little hop and when he landed he started yelling that it hurts. I jump and run to him thinking that he had landed on a nail or something. I get down there and see two puncture marks in his heel. He tells me that he was trying to jump over the snake but that it had bit him anyway. He points to the snake and its about 8 ft away and its a copperhead. We call 911 and get him transported to the hospital (UNC). Mom rides with him and I follow with my oter boy a few minutes later.

Long story short, if you are going to get bit by a posionus snake a copperhead is the best one. Its venom only cause severe swelling and where he was bitten, on the heel, is the best place to get bit. there is alot of room for the swelling. The doctors in the peds er said that this was the 5th bite they had seen in the last two months and that he was going to be fine. Pain was his only problem, all of his blood work came back as normal. They managed the pain with morphine. The sweeling slowed its progression about 3 hours after the bite and all vital signs were normal. The bite happened about 8pm and by 12:30am they were ready to lets us go home. We ellected to stay the night in case something went wrong or we could not manage the pain and since we are 30-45 minutes away we were too nervous to go home. We made it onto the ward at around 3am. They gave him a dose of tylenol and he went to sleep. We all slept until 8:30am, the docs came and discharged us. They gave us a perscription for oxy but advised that it was in case the pain got worse. they assured us that if he stayed off the foot for another 48 hours that Tylenol would take care of the pain. So far they have been right. He is sitting comfortably on the couch watching cartoons and bossing me and mama around. He is expected to make a full recovery in a few days and have no after effects from the venom.

William has been a great little trooper throughout this entire event. He never screamed or lost it. He evn remembered his manners with all the people. He would answer yes mam and no mam to them, he let them put in the IV without a fight, he never once pulled away from any of the Drs or nurses. He let them know that they couldnt touch his Boo Boo but when they had to he let them. I am so proud of the way he handled all of this. He has even managed to laugh about a few things.

I would like to thank our lord and savior for everything that he has done for us and for taking care of us and for the friends, family, and professionals that have helped and taken care of us. Without him and his love for us we would not be where we are today.

Here are some pics, cause I know this thread is useless without them.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 12:09 PM

Thank God He's OK!

Please let him know we are pulling for him.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 12:32 PM

Thank God He's OK!

Please let him know we are pulling for him.


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Posted May 30, 2011 - 12:40 PM

That really sucks, glad he is ok. Dad and I were trimming out some briers today and found us a snake, believed it to be a water copper after chopping it in half since it looks a lot like a copperhead. Needless to say we quit trimming out the brush for a while. Just make sure William knows that he will have to get back to self sufficiently after his foot heals up. :D

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 01:43 PM

Glad things are on the mend. Sounds like he is a very well mannered young man.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 06:26 PM

Holly cow we don't have to worry about stuff like that here.I'am sure glad that he going to be fine.Talk about a scary event for you's It's gotta be awfully hard on your nerves.Glad your doing good as well.Hope things go smooth and the recovery is soon.Larry

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 06:45 PM

Geez that would be scary! So glad he's gonna be fine in a few days. He's a tough one! One of the many times one must look upward & give thanks!



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Posted May 30, 2011 - 07:30 PM

Scary for sure. Glad the little trooper is doing well. Tell him we hope he is all better very soon :D

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 07:33 PM

Glad to hear he's doing ok.
Hope he recovers quickly

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 07:46 PM

Very glad to hear that this dangerous incident turned out the way that it did! William sounds like a fine young man!!

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 07:52 PM

Pretty scary stuff !!! You said he was a trooper , bet Mom and Dad where very nervous !!! Hope he's feeling better .

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 07:54 PM

Thank God He's OK!

Please let him know we are pulling for him.

Thats my biggest fear is snakes, Only good one is a dead one.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 08:39 PM

I'm very thankful that William is OK! I have to agree that this was probably harder on you and the wife than it was on him...It's also commendable that he remained calm...because that means that you and the Missus didn't panic either! He does sound like a wonderful boy! Know that we're all pulling and praying for you guys!

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 09:40 PM

What a brave boy! Glad he is recovering well!