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The Total Anguish of a Lionfish Sting

physical, mental, financial -- and a trip to the “butt doctor”

from the September, 2015 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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There's more than just a sting and a rash when you get pricked by a lionfish. As our correspondent learned, you may have to deal with long hospital waits, many medical providers and multiple dealings with your health insurance firm. Undercurrent subscriber Carol Cox (Mexico Beach, FL) has been dealing with this over the summer. Here is her story (which doesn't have an official final ending until she is paid in full by DAN and her insurance company).

I got stung by a lionfish in July, and getting care has been interesting, to say the least. I wasn't even hunting lionfish, but my buddy asked for help getting a big one into his lionfish containment case. My hand slipped, and I got pricked in my thumb and two fingers. I took Motrin right away. I knew something was wrong when the pain resolved in my two fingers but not my thumb, so I had my husband drop me off at the ER. I kept my hand in hot water for the two hours it took to get to an emergency room, as well as the entire time in the ER, about four hours total....


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