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Old 08-30-2007, 11:07 PM   #1
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Rattlesnake bites Mrs. America contestant


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Rattlesnake bites Mrs. America contestant
Alan Fischer
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Aug. 30, 2007 09:11 AM

A Mrs. America contestant spent about 15 hours in a hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake at a Tucson hotel.

Christina Ryan plans to continue despite suffering the venomous bite.

Ryan, who is representing Tennessee in the event being held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, was heading down a staircase to a rehearsal at about 9 a.m. Sunday when she saw a spider in her path.





Having been bitten by a venomous brown recluse spider as a child, she knew to avoid the creature.

While avoiding the spider, she unknowingly stepped near a rattlesnake that bit her on the foot, she said.

"I startled it doing my little spider dance, and he bit me," she said. "As soon as it bit me I knew it was a rattlesnake."

The snake, 8 to 10 inches long, left a fang stuck in her foot above her toe.

She was taken to Tucson Medical Center where she received 10 vials of antivenin - produced in Tennessee, she noted - and spent the night in the intensive care unit.

"The pain was the worst pain I have ever had, worse than childbirth. It was horrifically bad," she said. "It was like someone stabbed a knife in my foot, and kept stabbing it in over and over again."

The poison progressed to her ankle before the antivenin took effect, she said.

Ryan, an event planner from Franklin, Tenn., was released from the hospital Monday.

"I had an amazing recovery," she said. "Most people with bites are in the hospital several days."

Mrs. America event interviews are slated for Saturday, with preliminary competition Sunday and the finals Sept. 5.

Ryan has remained upbeat, resting her foot and preparing for the pageant. She is eager to represent Tennessee in the contest.

"I'm trying to get ready to walk in heels on Sunday without limping," she said. "I can now add fear of snakes to fear of spiders."
Damn things can be anywhere. When I was working in California, I found one inside the wheel of a congear I was hooking up, I almost grabbed it before it rattled.

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avoiding the spoisonous spider and got bit by a snake WOW

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I killed one in the middle of my garage a couple of years ago. My wife almost picked it up thinking I was playing a joke on her.
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Those vials of anti-venom are like $2000 each.
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And they used a bunch, I guess they were really concerned about making her all comfy cozy.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:07 AM   #6
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welcome to arizona haha
my dad got bit by a rattler last year, it was pretty crazy
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And they used a bunch, I guess they were really concerned about making her all comfy cozy.
Depends on the reaction of the venom, and as the snake was of a decent size, 10 isn't a lot. I've seen people on AnimalPlanet need like 20-30 from a baby snake's bite.
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I'm surprised it didn't kill her. Look how scrawny she is!
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And look how pale her face is compared to the rest of her And I think thats the wrong angle to be posting it in the paper, she's almost falling out.
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I'm surprised it didn't kill her. Look how scrawny she is!
People very rarely die of rattle snake bites, most would survive without treatment at all.
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And look how pale her face is compared to the rest of her And I think thats the wrong angle to be posting it in the paper, she's almost falling out.
Hmm, hadn't noticed her complexion for some reason
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And look how pale her face is compared to the rest of her And I think thats the wrong angle to be posting it in the paper, she's almost falling out.
And thats a bad thing becouse?
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for 2 grand a piece for anti venom, i think id prob just chop my foot off
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for 2 grand a piece for anti venom, i think id prob just chop my foot off
How would she think without her foot?

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we had a 4 footer in my back yard last summer... I made chilli out of it and hung the skin on the mantle place...
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i wouldn't mind taking a nibble on her foot.....then working my way north.......
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Yeah, MRS. America contestant means there's a MR. America contestant.
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I almost got bit once. At a leadership school for the army. Doing some field exercises (ambushes). I got into a hiding place, had an hour to kill before the enemy platoon showed up, sat down and went to lean back on my hands. Looked down and less than an inch below my han was a coiled rattlesnake. Damn think was sleeping or just blonde. It didn't move until I got away, grabbed a stick and poked at it a little. It yawned and crawled away. The creepy chills camp over me, I was an inch away from the think, 20 miles from the base or a hospital. Oh the memories.
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i wouldn't mind taking a nibble on her foot.....then working my way north.......
Careful, we have youngling's 'round these parts.

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