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    Default Check your bed before jumping in!

    Last week I was on duty and like most shifts I made my bed early but didn't get a chance to get into it till pretty late at night. After a couple "After Midnight Runs" I was able to catch a few zzz's. A couple hours later I woke up with my left leg itching like crazy. I was able to get back to sleep but later that day when off duty it was apparent I got bitten by something pretty sinister. Fast forward 3 days and 2 ER visits later I got a quarter sized chunk of necrotic tissue cut out of my leg about mid calf. Apparently I was sleeping with a brown recluse. Just wanted to share. Check those sheets! Bug guy is usually lowest bidder lol.
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    I swear our station here is the worst guys routinely find black widows in their turnout boots. Earlier this year we had a infestation of bed bugs worst **** ever!

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    Sometimes it's hard to do a thorough inspection of your bed.

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    I bit of "wisdom" I've heard regarding desert areas is to check your shoes/boots for scorpions...

    When I first saw the title, I thought it would be about bedbugs...

    It's hard to remember to inspect your bed when you're coming in from a tough one (or series of same) - all you want to do is crash...
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

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    We've had a bed bug problem in a few fire houses here. Some of our houses are disgusting. However when your department has several fire houses that are over 100 years old, it's kind of expected. Of course our mess of a department won't spend the money to renovate them.(We don't have room in the city to build new ones)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    Sometimes it's hard to do a thorough inspection of your bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller337 View Post
    Do you still fear Heffalumps K-Fried?
    Oh, bother!
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    We have never had a bed bug problem, but they built our station near a marsh area and we have spiders I swear that are on steroids. Black widows, brown widows, brown recluses and this one spider I still need to research to see what species it is but i'm sure it eats birds. When I get back to duty i'm goin arachnoid killin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by firedan525 View Post
    Last week I was on duty and like most shifts I made my bed early but didn't get a chance to get into it till pretty late at night. After a couple "After Midnight Runs" I was able to catch a few zzz's. A couple hours later I woke up with my left leg itching like crazy. I was able to get back to sleep but later that day when off duty it was apparent I got bitten by something pretty sinister. Fast forward 3 days and 2 ER visits later I got a quarter sized chunk of necrotic tissue cut out of my leg about mid calf. Apparently I was sleeping with a brown recluse. Just wanted to share. Check those sheets! Bug guy is usually lowest bidder lol.
    I hope you got it written up as a LOD injury.

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    I did brother.

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    Damn! Pics?

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    I have heard tell of a station in a department somewhere in The Commonwealth of Va...possibly in The Richmond Metro Area or environs threre-of...that was evacuated, with the crew standing outside on the apron, as various command types conferred about how to best get rid of the stations latest visitor...a good sized cottonmouth who had apparently crawled up through the floor drain and decided to coil up and take a break on the apparatus floor...he finally crawled out of the bay and went about his business a few minutes later. Before the day was out new gratings with much finer mesh had been installed over the drains..

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    A pic? Sure. I just snapped one. This is my leg now about 10 days after being bitten. The opening has closed a bit. Wife has been doing the wound care for me. Guess being married to an RN has its perks, lol but I think she enjoys jamming that packing in a little too much.

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    Damn! That's nasty!! I am also married to an RN, you don't need to explain a thing. LOL

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