Keeper Bitten By Adder (Vic)

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  1. Splitmore

    Splitmore Well-Known Member

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    The media have a way of sniffing out this kind of thing, after all it's their job. In the scheme of things it was a very minor incident, a mild envenomation with no real medical treatment required but must say i was a little taken back with the interview, the person bitten certainly seems to be relishing in the media hype.
     
  2. snakehandler

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    Must have been a slow news day!
     
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    Its sad that a minor snakebite seems to be more important than people importing and breeding hybrid cats that have the potential to wipe out native species, as much so on this site as in the general media. I dont see why others personal medical issues should be subject to so much stupid gossip. He seems to be fine, i think its time to move on.
     
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    I'm sure Sdaji will be fine! These things happen! At least he had the correct treatment. Don't understand why the "MEDIA" is saying he's a breeder of "EXOTIC" snakes. Cheers Cheryl
     
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    How far from the truth does the media have to go before they get reprimanded for it? It seems they can stretch it pretty far!


    Per
     
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    All goes to prove adders dont eat turnips
     
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    Because it's true. To the general public all snakes are exotic (unusual) pets. Vets who specialise in anything other than cats, dogs and farm animals are often referred to as exotic species vets.
     
  8. snakehandler

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    Reptiles are considered exotic to many as they are not considered a normal pet, many dont even consider them a pet at all.
     
  9. herptrader

    herptrader <span style="font-weight:bold;color:#B200FF;">Herp

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    Technically Death Adders are exotic to Victoria being non indigenous. The term "exotic" is probably being used in a correct sense - just not in the way that we as Aussie herpers use it, ie not from Australia.

    The poisonous / venomous confusion I can less easily forgive.:D
     
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    Awesome............ who said Tasmania was behind the times. We have a new prime minister too...........lol
     
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    Well! What a day! Never believe what you hear on the news, especially on a slow news day! When there's no news they become even more keen than usual to exaggerate. It was such a slow news day that my story not only made national headlines, but was even reported overseas! :shock: I can't understand how a trivial event like this can become international news!

    Contrary to what a certain ambulance driver with a big and unreliable mouth might lead you to believe, funnily enough, my "exotic" Death Adders actually originate from Australia (to be fair, at least that part of his misinformation was probably an honest mistake rather than a deliberate lie), the amount of venom was trivial and certainly far less than enough to warrant the use of antivenom. I didn't collapse after paramedics arrived, I certainly didn't hallucinate and wasn't disoriented, in an 'altered frame of mind' or anything similar. One or two of the ambulance staff grossly abused their positions and dispensed misinformation and sadly, some of this appears to have been deliberate lies, not to mention the disgusting breach of privacy. I'll be following this up over the next few days.

    Yes, I did have an anaphylactic reaction, which was rapidly reversed by the standard technique (adrenaline injection) without further complication. As you'll have seen, I was happily joking and laughing with television staff as soon as I saw them, and I'd been happily chatting and mucking around with medical staff for hours before the story about me being almost dead/in a critical condition/etc first hit the media. When I first heard that the story had hit the media I wasn't really concerned, in fact, I was simply a little surprised that anyone would be interested in such a trivial event. When I heard about what was being said, I was unhappy about the misinformation, etc etc, especially in regard to snakes being given a bad wrap, and so I put aside my plans for the day and agreed to play games with the media circus in order to give out the true story and put snakes in a more favourable light. Believe me, if I hadn't done this the situation would have been a lot worse!

    If you saw me on the television, you'll have seen that I was completely happy, joking away with the media guys and feeling fine, with no more than a tiny bit of a reaction at the site of the bite (like a mild bee sting - maybe they should have done a really scarey story about paper, and the horrors of papercuts :lol: ). After all the interviews and watching the news, I went to the VAAH meeting this evening with the speaker, John "Gecko Wrangler" McGrath, and all who were present saw that I was in perfect health.

    To be honest, my biggest personal concern (the biggest non-personal concern was the misinformation and bad publicity for snakes) was losing my car keys in all the commotion and not being able to get my car in for the service I'd booked. For those who have been concerned about me personally; I ended up finding my keys and the mechanic was thrilled to hear that I was the one he'd been hearing about all day and was more than pleased to reschedule the work, so, I am fine. Having said that, I had things I wanted to do today and the delays have meant that it's now getting on for 5am and so even though there's a lot more to be said, I'm going to leave it here for now (I've posted a bit more elsewhere online, but I'm feeling like I'd rather sleep than go on!). I'll type more later, and feel free to ask more questions which in time I will address, but I plan to sleep in, so I probably won't be typing more until Satuday night or some time Sunday.

    Thank you for the hundreds of SMSes and calls I recieved today, wishing me well. Your concern is greatly appreciated and I can assure you that I'm fine :) I'm sorry to be unable to respond to every SMS (there really were just too many, my inbox constantly filled, was deleted and was refilled during most of the day) and I'm sorry I missed so many phone calls, the phone was simply calling almost nonstop a lot of the time.
     
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    glad you are better you media tart. i would just like to point out that we are not ambulance drivers but paramedics driving the ambulance is a very small part of our job:p:p:p:p:p,we are more like taxi drivers the way people abuse the ambulance service:lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
  14. Earthling

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    Good to hear your all fine Sdaji. You had an interesting day from the sounds of it.
    Just one question....what did it feel like when they injected the adrenaline? Comparisons are good. Do they still inject it straight into the heart?
     
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    That's just a knee jerk reaction to the litre of venom and then the anti venom you received Sdaji - it's ok... The affects may wear off in a few weeks and you'll start remembering your unconscious state and hallucinations.

    That aside... is the snake ok?
     
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    This comment was waaaaaay outta line:

    In summary his reckless attitude to public safety has cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars for which he is unrepentant.

    Simply because...YOU'VE MADE PAGE 11 IN THE HERALD SUN TODAY!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: CONGRATULATIONS SARGE!!! :p Talk about creating jobs!! Had this minor incident not occurred, we would have had at least 20 journalists with a major void left in their day yesterday! And all of the TV news networks left wondering what they were going to do to fill in that 5 minute spot in their 6pm time slot! Well done, you've given Aussies jobs! (and some international ones too :lol:)

    See, I always try and look on the bright side of things ;)
     
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    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA sid you make me crack up girl .........................love that little comment about super JONNO :)
     
  18. euphorion

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    lol, yay for media sensationalism! Glad to hear you're okay Sadji :)

    btw, did you really call the little bugger 'muffin'? lol :p
     
  19. toxinologist

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    Sadji,
    Glad to hear the actual injury was less of an insult than some of the crap being posted in forums and on newspaper websites. If you feel so inclined, PM me and let's talk about getting your venom allergy status checked out at AVRU.

    Kale Griffin http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/comments/0,22023,23856805-661,00.html is none other than Raymond Hoser. But I guess that is only to be expected, he loves hiding behind pseudonyms after all...

    Cheers


    David
     
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    l drive an accident tow truck and attend lots of fatals . So far none were caused by a snake . Speaking to a News photographer at a crash scene l was told that the public is so used to road trauma that unless it is a slow news day it has to be at least a double death or somehow spectacular to make the news . The other nite l watched in horror as the prime time news spent two solid min [ $200000 of add space ] on the non story of the non arrival of Mokbels girlfriend at the airport .
     
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