Archive for April, 2006

This f—ing stuff doesn’t f—ing work

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

The year is 1981. You’ve been bitten by a funnel web spider. Your name is Gordon Wheatley and you’re about to become the first person on the planet to be treated with the still experimental funnel web spider anti-venom.

The Sydney Morning Herald has an excellent article on Gordon and the doctors who treated him on that fateful night:

…the bite detonated a storm inside his nervous system, one which sent his heart into overdrive, doubled his blood pressure, unleashed wavelets of violent, involuntary twitches over his arms, stood his body hair on end and caused his lungs to stiffen and well with yellow foam.

The title of this post comes from the article.