Country singer and "Voice" alum Meghan Linsey recently suffered from an experience many of us would consider our worst nightmare. After waking up with a stinging sensation in her face on Feb. 12, Linsey discovered a Brown Recluse spider dead in her hand.
Although this venomous spider doesn't bite too often, their venomous nips can be life-threatening. If you know anything about Brown Recluse spiders, you'll know thesymptoms that surface after a bite are gruesome. For the week after the spider bite, Linsey suffered from extreme swelling and nerve pain in her face. Unfortunately, the swelling and horrific nerve pain were accompanied by a full body rash and muscle spasms.
Linsey confesses that this is a nightmare to her, too. "This scenario is literally on the top of my nightmare list," she said in an Instagram post that finally revealed the catastrophe to her fans.
I know I've been MIA on social media for a while, so I wanted to fill you all in on what's going on. These pics are hard to share, but I think it's important for me to be open with you guys. Everything isn't perfect all of the time. We all go through hard stuff. So, 9 days ago, on February 12, I woke up to a stinging sensation on my face. I looked and in my right hand was a dead spider. Somehow while I was sleeping, a spider had bit me and I had killed it. This scenario is literally on the top of my nightmare list. The stinging was awful and I knew it had to be poisonous. I put the spider in a bag and headed to urgent care. Over the course of the last 9 days, I have experienced the most insane symptoms. From excruciating nerve pain in my face, muscle spasms, full body rash, extreme swelling... etc. It has really been rough. It has been confirmed that I was bit by a brown recluse spider, one of two of the most poisonous spiders in the US. I am still dealing with the wound on my face, but I finally found the right meds to control the nerve pain. I know I'm not out of the woods on this yet, but I am so incredibly grateful for my health and I will never take it for granted again. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. I will be getting back in the studio this week, to work on the new record! I can't wait to finish it. And I can't wait to get back on the road on March 9 & 10- I will be playing in Alaska! And PLEASE, if you live in area where these spiders are, do some research and learn how to protect yourself! I know this is not common at all, but better safe than sorry! Love you all! Xo Meg
Even though the insane symptoms of the brown recluse spider bite haven't gone away fully yet, Linsey says she's found some relief with the help of medication. She is also thankful that she won't need plastic surgery on her face, as the bite is expected to heal on its own.
Linsey's revelation reminds all of us to be mindful when living in an area where Brown Recluse spiders roam. They're found all over the United States, and common in our favorite place: the South, with particular emphasis on the states between Texas and Florida.
Their venom kills skin cells, turning it into dead tissue. The bites leave an open sore on the skin, and sometimes a swollen face. With the right meds, you can stop the damage of the bite before the venomous spider bite gets out of control.
The former one-half of duo Steel Magnolias is planning on getting back in the studio soon to cut a new record. Her musical focus has changed since her stint on The Voice, though. Expect to hear her next studio album as a more pop-infused sound than her previous releases.