What I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be here in a matter of days; can you believe it? This time of year it’s easy to get sucked into all the things that need to get done; thawing the turkey, shopping for last minute groceries, making arrangements for house guests, and don’t get me started on Black Friday.

While we’re all wrapped up in all the hoopla, let’s not forget all the things that are important and give thanks. Here are a few things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving:

What I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Family. I am thankful for my wife, who loves me unconditionally. She is always supportive of me and everything I do. I am thankful for my three year old daughter who reminds me what is really important in life. She can always put things in perspective, even when she crying and talking back.

Freedom. I’m thankful that I was born in the greatest country in the world. My liberties are protected by true heroes who are willing to give up everything to protect our precious freedoms.

Career. I’m grateful for my job here at Bulwark Exterminating. It’s pretty cool that I get to get up every morning to research and write about bugs.

Health. The older I get, the more I’m realizing how much of a blessing this is.

Customers. I am thankful for all our customers who trust and rely on us to provide them with excellent service. You are the reason Bulwark has been around for all of these years. If it wasn’t for the customers, I wouldn’t be here working today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For of us here at Bulwark Pest Control in San Antonio, we would like to take a moment and wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. Be safe in your travels, eat way too much food, and celebrate pest free.

Spider Bite Costs Woman $1 Million

Spiders are one of San Antonio’s most feared pests, and stories like the one I’m about to share don’t help in with their’ perception.

Jane Hefferan’s leg was twice bitten by a Brown Recluse spider as she slept. The law student was able to keep her leg after a four year long ordeal that consisted of 20 surgeries and several dozen blood transfusions. The result? A $1 Million hospital bill!

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Leaves Student With $1 Million Medical Bill 

Four years ago, in the summer of 2008, Jane Hefferan had just finished law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. While studying for the bar exam, she began to notice a swelling in her knee. Busy with her studies, Hefferan thought nothing of her swollen red knee. She actually passed it off as a running injury that had been plaguing her for quite awhile. Her leg began to get worse and so Hefferan took the advice of her physical therapist to get immediate medical attention. It was a good thing she did because doctors determined she was bitten by the very poisonous Brown Recluse Spider.

Hefferan was quickly rushed into surgery where surgeons removed all the necrotic tissue destroyed by the spider’s venom. Doctors had to cut down to the bone, removing all the dead tissue. She then needed skin grafts to cover the wound, but they just wouldn’t heal. A third graft was given, but it wouldn’t adhere. The graft kept opening up and bleeding. Doctors discovered the poor woman had an autoimmune disorder which kept her leg from properly healing.

After the first bit slowly began to heal, doctors made another gruesome discovery. The woman’s other leg had also been bitten by a Brown Recluse. This bite was much worse. Most of the tissue surrounding Hefferan’s leg began deteriorating leaving the woman with nothing more than exposed bone. After 20 different surgeries, and several blood transfusions, doctors were able to save both of her legs.

The total medical expenses for Hefferan’s recovery equaled almost $1 million. About one month in to the ordeal, Hefferan’s student health insurance ran out. Because her injuries from the spider were considered a “pre-existing condition,” Hefferan was only recently able to qualify for government insurance. She is grateful to friends in her home state of Michigan who helped raise funds to help her out with her medical bills.

Jane Hefferan is now doing well, and has become an advocate for spider bite awareness. Brown Recluse spiders are common in the Southern United states, including much of Texas.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites

 

Spider Bites 

Spiders and their bites should not be treated carelessly, and that’s the message Jane Hefferan would like the public to know. Watch out for spiders when you are outdoors, take precautions to keep them out of your homes; and most importantly, get help if you even think you might have been bitten by a poisonous spider.

Make sure you read my article about identifying and treating spider bites here.

San Antonio Spider Control 

This unfortunate story illustrates the importance and value of spider control. Pest control companies, like Bulwark Exterminating, have services geared to controlling spiders in your home and on your property. Bulwark’s one year service agreement, that treats your home every month, will cost around of $623 for the year. This price tag is significantly lower than a $1 Million price tag that could result from a spider bite. Don’t risk the pain of dealing with a spider bite, and don’t be stuck with a $1 Million hospital bill. Get San Antonio spider control!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com  

San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife Control
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
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Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com 

 

 

 

 

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