Bayou Woman’s Adventure with Vibrio Vulnificus — 60 Comments

  1. Wow! That looks painful and I’ve been on enough pain killers the past few days that shouldn’t even hurt me to look at it but it does! Glad you are on the healing side of that!

  2. Another day in the life of the bayou woman! glad you are better…knew it was serious from the first picture you posted last week…

  3. Wow Wendy! I can’t imagine how much that hurts! I am glad to hear that it’s healing and that you’re feeling better. What a scary thing to happen.

  4. …young Dr. Lacking Bedside Manner…that’s funny! What an ordeal you’ve been through. So glad to finally hear you’re better. I’ve been wondering about you every day for the past week, hoping for a good outcome. Sounds like you’re on the mend. There’s no way to know how far-reaching your story is in terms of helping someone down the line who may need to get their hiney to the ER pronto. Do they make crab-proof fishing gloves?

    • Crab-proof fishing gloves. There’s the kicker! I had a brand new pack of gloves in my storage box in the stern of the boat. I just never thought I would need them! But I guarantee you I won’t crack “coastal” crabs again without wearing them. For a while, I’ll use them no matter where the crabs come from! Glad I could make you smile, Brenda!!!

  5. Oh my gosh Wendy! How scary. So thankful it wasn’t as bad as it COULD have been. Get thee to an ER immediately if something like that happens again. I can personally vouch that people go to the ER for the dumbest things. This is not one of them!

    • Well, Monica, when you go in and tell Triage that the Loratab didn’t touch the pain, they look at you kind of funny like maybe you’re just there for a stronger RX. Dotter pointed that out to me, and most of the people hanging around didn’t look very ill. Many of them had been there ALL DAY, and it was 8:15 p.m. and still had not seen a doc. But as faith would have it, a paramedic that knows my son-in-law rode in on an ambulance and was able to vouch for me to the charge nurse that I was not someone out looking for a script. (But then when they took me ahead of the gal who had been there since 1:30 p.m., well, I wasn’t very popular!)

  6. Glad you are doing better but that finger will be sensitive for months to come!! I took almost 8 months for my finger to completely heal. The worse is over for sure! You might want to fish with minnows next time. lol

    • I may grow to love minnows, Bill! I’ve learned that it has more to do with where the crabs come from. The week before, they were fresh out of the water. This time, they were in a large cooler and had a really bad odor when the box was opened. Wonder if that was any indicator? I’ll catch my own from here on out! And now, everyone knows you are the anonymous charter captain!!! Thanks again, Bill, truly.

  7. So glad you are on the mend! I can’t imagine how painful that must have been…you are one brave lady! Take care and wear those gloves..make it a new fashion trend, LOL!

  8. Everyone has already mentioned this, but “WOW!” A good lesson for all of us, and a risky situation for you. We’ve heard terrible things about that virus this year. You do seem to have gotten off fairly easy. I’m sorry for your pain. I’m hoping next time, you won’t hesitate to visit the ER much sooner. People do clog up the system for much punier wounds than yours. I’m so happy you’re on the road to recovery!

  9. Blu is looking very closely at his left index finger hoping that bump is from a nettle.

    Do I have to bring up the oyster, duct tape, gasoline adventure?
    Thanks I’d rather not.

      • At a Paddlepalooza event laid my hand open combat launching on oysters, Mark slapped duct tape on it. We thought about gasoline as an antibacterial.

        Hurt like heck but I am a guy fished through it.

          • I told it to you first hand on way to gas station to scrub up and get bandages. Oh well….

            I being retired with time on hands get no invites to this stuff?

            • It is VERY scary that I have no recollection of this event. Maybe Mark can refresh my memory. You didn’t make nearly a big enough deal of your retirement, my friend. No invites to what stuff? To see me in the hospital?

  10. Yep, looks like it might have been a bit painful. I’ve got a little hatchet and an extra cutting board I’m saving for you. We keep a cutting board in our boat. No hatchet though. When I crack a crab, it’s been boiled and is ready for human consumption. LOL
    Seriously, I’m glad you’re on the mend. How long do you think it will be before you’re back on the water?

  11. To quote our mate Cap’n. Slappy (co-founder o’ ITLAPD) “Great Neptune’s man nipples!” Ye’d never imagine a few “common” nicks in the finger could be such a hazard.
    Glad yer pulling through it…suggest mass quantities o’ green tea and put some honey on the wound and wrap it. Better yet, find some Calendula flowers (aka Marigold) around, pick the flowers, grind ’em up, mix in some olive oil to make a paste and rub it on the wound – it’s anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and most importantly, anti-genotoxic.

    …and breathe…deeply! We all send our love and respect – loads o’ positive energy to set ye healthy again!

    • Good captain, did you get my msg via your website about my email address? Hope so. I’m putting Vitamin E oil on the wound right now. I would have to go buy some Marigolds in order to do that. : ) Honey I got! Thanks for the remedies, love, and loads of positive energy. I’m soaking up all I can!

  12. Wendy, glad you got to the er in time. That finger looked like a spider bite almost. Never know what will cause a really serious infection. I get them when a cat scratches me. I stay away from cats.

    At least your immune system should be in top form after you finish all of those antibiotics. Add a flu shot for the winter and you should be in top form. Keep those hands covered!!

  13. OMG! What an ordeal you’ve been through! Thank the Good Lord you are on the mend now! I can!’t help but think “The Nuts” worked you too hard!!! We’ll come a different time of year next time and use artificial bait!! :0). The Awesome Almond

    • Hello you Awesome Almond, you! No, y’all did not work me too hard! This stuff just happens, but like you said, thank the Good Lord I am on the mend. Much much better. Plastic can be very boring if we’re not on the trout, so we shall see! And if you have to cast much, much more when trout fishing!!! I do want you to come back, though. We can do a wetland, sunset cruise, too!

  14. Oh, my goodness.Those photos tell the tale. I thought I remembered the fishing guys here talking about vibrio earlier this year. Sure enough – there were a couple of cases. One was a wade fisherman, and the other got into barnacles somehow.

    I saw that mention of spider bite up above. That can be even faster. I got bit by what we think was a brown recluse on a boat down in Port Aransas many years ago. It was just above my left knee. I started not feeling so good. I drove home, and by the time I got here, four hours later, my leg hurt so badly I couldn’t get up the stairs except on my butt. The next morning, I had red streaks all over – I was smart enough to get to the ER, and it was antibiotic city. Never had such pain in my life, and I still have a little hole in my leg where the flesh disappeared.

    It’s a rough world out there – I’m so glad you’re on the mend. And thanks for posting the photos. They’re a good resource along with the other information.

    • Shoreacres, I hope to never have a spider bite–I’ve heard such awful stories like yours about them. Turns out, my buddy Don got on one his hand doing cleanup after Isaac, and having had one before, knew exactly what to do at first symptoms. I hesitated to post about my experience since it can potentially be bad publicity for fishing here in the hot months, but I listened to Steffi who encouraged me to go ahead and use the story/pics as an educational tool about yet one more experience of Life in the La. Wetlands! And you know me, it’s hard to keep my mouth shut anyway! Since I’m recovering, I’m hearing horror stories of how folks have died from this within a week by not seeking medical care fast enough. Very scary stuff, indeed! Today is last day of antibiotics, and I’m very glad to be alive!

  15. OMGOSH Wendy! When I said you are a strong woman, I meant it and you proved it! Geez…I am so glad you sought out medical attention when you did. I am also happy that you are on the mend and are finally feeling better. I hope your finger feels okay to fish too this weekend. I’ll be in GI Saturday with the bird club. I hope you catch the biggest fish!

    Thanks for all the info on this virus and for the pics to go along with it. Very, very informative! I am sharing the link on my FB page, Bayou Belle Photography, and personal page to help with the eduction (and a plug for you!)

    I hope you continue to heal and I know you’ll take all the necessary precautions from now on! Gonna have to take pics of your new get-up on your next trip with your matching gloves!

    So glad you are still here my friend! 🙂

    • Darlene, thanks so much! I will see you tomorrow, but I won’t be fishing. I decided to stay home today to FORCE myself not to fish the rodeo, even though I was so looking forward to it. My finger just isn’t well enough. Heck, I went to the beauty shop to get my hair washed and blow dried today because the finger is just still not healed enough. I’m glad I’m here, too, my friend!!!

  16. Heavens sake. So glad you got treatment and your finger is healing.
    That stuff is vicious. Makes me feel like a wimp with wasp and ant stings that are still on me. Wear your gloves and fish Grand Isle because it is so exciting. Catching the big fish is the best medicine.

    Merry Ms. Macadamia

    • Linda, I felt so badly when that wasp stung you. I had no idea there was a wasp nest up under the steps, but it’s gone now! And then the ants! I hope you’re all bite-free and all recovered by now! We had beautiful weather on Grand Isle on Saturday. There were hundreds of fisherwomen, and they raised $20,000 for Breast Cancer research. It was great having you on my boat, Linda! And I hope to see you again one day.

  17. B/W you are so lucky you have convencing friends like you do. In the early 90’s i had the pleasure of watching a friend loose his right hand to vibro, that prompted myself to write an awareness artical on vibro in a state publication for outdoor enthiusit, yes it does look like vibro to me.
    Personely i beleive it comes from / breeds in very contaminated water.
    My friend caught his from shrimp in a dirty saly barrel.

    • Good Grief what a learning curve you went through eh? Now u have me concerned about even buying restaurant crab so that won’t happen now but im thrilled u bypassed something that could have become more then some lost days from home. I enjoy your posts and would love to visit sometime.God Bless you

      • Don’t worry about buying crabs–just don’t handle them without tongs!!! Once they are boiled, they are no danger at all to anyone!! Well, at least as far as I know! I’m going fishing this morning, so we shall see how my finger holds up. IT’s still healing, but work must go on! Hope you get to come visit one day!

    • Welcome to the bayou, Christine. My daughter is also a pianist, and it scared her, too! But just be sure you realize that the case I contracted was because of the direct exposure to the intestinal tract of the blue crabs I was breaking (bare handed) for fishing bait. I try to remember to wear gloves now when I do this, although yesterday I fished with dead shrimp, and forgot to wear my gloves. It’s just such a hard thing to do when fishing . . . . . thanks for stopping by!

  18. I am so sorry for you having gone through this, but I thank you so much for documenting it so clearly. I am doing my Master’s degree in microbiology and the topic of my thesis is Vibrio vulnificus. I would love to share this story and these pictures for my presentation, if that’s ok. I’m glad it didn’t progress further. Thanks again

  19. Bayou Woman: I am a retired R.N. and was the Wound Mgt. Nurse at a local hospital for 12 years. I saw many cases of this warm water infection. All had to have extensive surgical debridement and a graft. The care was long term and very painful to those infected. Good to know that you have concerned friends to “haul” you to the ER. It’s also good to know that you are OK and alive. Kathleen Cuneo

    • Hi Kathleen. I’m pretty sure you and I know each other! I was joining the Board of Keep Terrebonne Beautiful just as you were getting off. It is so good to hear from you, and I would enjoy chatting with you some time in our fair city of Houma! Thanks so much for the comment, and for reminding me how very, very fortunate I am that I didn’t have surgery or lose my finger or hand or even life. Welcome to this blog, and I hope you come back often! If you need anything, you just let me know!

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