something for you to think (I mean squirm) about…….Just before going down to my
parent’s home in Texas this weekend, my sister (K) called me and advised that a
snake made its way through the garage, through the kitchen, and right into the
family room, on the cool tile in our parent’s house.
The snake decided it was
going to play tag with my sister (K).When
my sister (K) made the attempt to walk around the snake, it would lunge at
her.My sister (K) made a quick
evaluation of the situation, realized there was only one thing close she could
use to get past this snake.It involved
using a removable brass table top. She snatched up the brass table top, and
placed it between her feet and the snake.Success!!!!!My sister (K) was
able to get past the snake and to the garage to snatch up the shovel.I told her she should have used the gun on
the little booger and take care of him permanently.But then again, we are trying to fix up our
parent’s home and sell it, so that would defeat the purpose.Who would want a bullet ricocheting off of
the tile or furniture??It was just an
entertaining thought……what can I say, we just needed a little excitement.
My sister (K) hit the snake once close by its
head, just enough to knock him out.She
then proceeded to pick him up with the shovel, making sure her hands were far
enough away from his body while holding the shovel.She opened the back door and tossed him
outside on the patio, just before the pool.She went back inside to get her cell phone and take pictures.After snapping a picture, one of those big
turkey vultures swooped down and picked up that snake for an appetizer.Bulldog Man identified the snake as being a King
snake, last year we had a rattle snake in the garage.
The snake on the cool tile in the family room.
The snake on the patio with a shovel mark behind his head.
Update, today I harvested part of my red potatoes from the garden.
beans, strawberries, tomatoes, tomatillos, and herbs are still growing.Everything else in the garden has pretty much
died up, or I’ve pulled it out of the garden beds to prep the area for winter.
attempt at making salsa Verde with my recent harvest of tomatillos came out good.
Only made two pints, and placed them in the refrigerator. Next time, I will can a batch for winter.
gave me 4 paws up on the recipe.
1 ½ pounds of tomatillos
½ white onion
2 cloves garlic (add as much as you like)
½ lime (juice only)
1 jalapeño (seeded and membrane removed)
1 handful of cilantro
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
Place everything in a food processor and chop to your
desired texture.Serve with tortilla
chips, or place on tacos, or burritos.
20 years ago, I had a severe anaphylactic reaction and had no idea what was
going on.I was sick, and had goneto the doctor earlier in the day.He diagnosed me as having a bad case of
bronchitis, and something else……it’s been so longago, I just can’t remember,
while telling this story.
order to get better medically, the doctor prescribed penicillin.I,
being the impatient one, asked the
doctor if I could have a shot instead of pills.He agreed, gave me the shot and I waited aroundthe officefor 20
minutes to see if I would react to the shot.No reaction!!!!
returned home and ate a light lunch; some scrambled eggs, and laid down on the
couch.I fell asleep for a couple of
hours, and woke to the sound of my front door opening.It was my sister returning home from work.I’m just waking up from the sound of the
front door opening, my eye’s a tad blurry, and my chest hurt from the
bronchitis (too much coughing).
sister took one look at me as she walked in the front door.The first words out of her mouth were: “what
the hell happened to you?”I of course
looked at her confused, because I was startled awake. My sister told me to go
into the bathroom and look at myself in the mirror.
asleep, I walk into the bathroom. I felt dizzy, I was breathing funny, my chest
hurt badly, I itched in my arm pits and groin area…………………and then when I looked
up into the mirror…………….OMG, my face was so swollen.It looked like someone kicked the crap out of
me.My eyes were swollen badly, my lips
were huge………………you would have thought I was a boxer who had her butt kicked badly.
me took a Benadryl and then contacted my doctor.The doctor told me to go to the emergency
room, by that time the Benadryl kicked in.I told her what I took; the doctor stated if I got worse to go to the
emergency room immediately.My doctor
told me I apparently had an Anaphylactic
Reaction, and scheduled me to see an Allergist for allergy testing the
allergy doctor listened to my story, and then proceeded to lecture me for 10
minutes about not going to the emergency room immediately.He told me I’m lucky to be alive!!!!Well, well…….his words got my attention.The doctor gave me a prescription for an Epi-Pen.
he proceeded to tell me, I had better go directly from the office to the
pharmacy and get the prescription filled because the next time I have an
anaphylactic reaction, I could end up dead.The doctor took my blood to test
for allergies.He made sure to test for penicillin
and egg reactions, since I had a shot, and ate eggs.
blood test revealed, I’m highly allergic to penicillin, and anything made of
eggs.The test also revealed I’ve got
intolerance to dairy products.
the end, I avoided eggs for 8 years.Then I gradually added eggs to my diet with the help of a doctor.Now I’m no longer allergic to eggs, and still
use dairy products with a slight reaction of constantly clearing my throat. As
for milk, I use Almond Milk as a substitute. As for the penicillin, I stay away
from it totally.
our medical supplies/first aid kits, and my personal fanny pack, we carry
several Epi-Pens for emergencies.These
Epi-Pens are checked for expiration dates and replaced routinely.
have a question for you; do you have an Epi-Pen in your emergency medical
supplies/first aid kits?If not, you
should; because a shot of epinephrine will give you enough time to get to the
emergency room when you’re having an Anaphylactic
*Allergic Reactions Chart by Adam
**I was not asked or paid to advertise for Mylan,
regarding the EpiPen.