I was visiting my parents in March/April and was sleeping soundly one day (as I usually do when I am there) and felt a slightly painful grazing on my left wrist. I shifted in bed and immediately felt a really sharp sting on the inside part of my elbow. I woke up and switched on the light only to see a little black scorpion in bed with me. I managed to help it move to the next life without more damage to me. This is not a clear shot, but that little devil’s sting was clear as to what it was. There was not mistaking it for a mosquito bite!
The little devil!
I could not go back to sleep due to the pain and tingling sensation and so I took a pain killer. I went to the clinic in the morning and was assured that Zambian scorpions are not deadly unlike ones from deserts. I was given an injection for tetanus and one for something else plus oral drugs along with one to make me sleep. I was forced to abandon my busy plans for that weekend with my baby nephew (OK, his is 17 years) and take it easy at home. Nephew was disappointed because I wanted to take him out for a great time and spend the night in town, but at least he understood my predicament.
The main problem I had was the tingling in my arm. It was not painful, per se, but it is so ‘in your face’ that you just can’t ignore it and you can’t use the affected body part. Thankfully, I was up and running after four days just in time for our road trip to Zimbabwe.
Have you ever encountered an angry scorpion?