Once Bitten and Twice Shy

So this post has nothing to do with social media, web 2.0 or anything else normally written about in this community...but it is a story that I just needed to share. 

Yesterday, I was on my way out the door when I decided to throw on a jacket that had been sitting unworn in the closet for a few months.  As soon as I put my arm in the sleeve I felt the sensation of getting pricked by a needle.  At first I didn't think anything of it, but then it started to itch and throb a bit so I decided to pull my arm out of the jacket.  When I looked at my arm it red and swollen...like I'd been bit by something.  What could've bitten me?

Well, I turned the sleeve of my jacket inside-out and there it was...a huge (okay, maybe not HUGE...but still pretty big) white cocoon with some yellow eggs inside and something moving around inside of it...a nasty looking spider!  Seeing this absolutely freaked me out...I had images first of Arachnophobia running through my head, then images of me becoming the next Spiderman

If you want to see what the cocoon looked like, check out the 1st picture (you can even make out the yellow eggs).  For the swelling and redness on my arms, check out the second picture which was taken while I drove myself to the hospital in a panic.

Once I got to the hospital they quickly administered some sort of shot to my arm (right in the waiting room) and all seemed to be good.  I'm not exactly sure what the shot was, but it made me really sleepy and the swelling/redness went away pretty quickly too. 

So the morale of the story is...well, I don't really know what it is.  But I can guarantee you that I'll check the sleeves twice before putting on the next jacket that's been sitting in the closet for a while.
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Cocoon
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Swollen/red arm
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Tags: spiderbite

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BY: Tarah Cammett (6/18/2008 9:44 AM)
COMMENT: So, what kind of spider was it?

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