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Monday, August 23, 2010

Another One Bites The Dust

I had another post planned for today, but I am still freaked out by what happened yesterday so we are going to talk about scorpions again.

With our continued triple digits, we've been very dry and that seems to bring the scorpions indoors more, looking for moisture, I suppose.

Iko, my scorpion dog usually alerts me when he sees one. After that incident when I was stung, I know scorpion stings leave no mark on the skin, just terrible pain. I've come to the horrible realization the same thing must have happened to Iko when he was a puppy.

When he was about six months old, he hobbled over to us one night, whining and limping badly. We checked him thoroughly but could not find a single mark or twisted bone.

At the time, we chalked it up to growing pains. Sometimes puppies grow too fast and their little bones hurt--just like kids. He limped for two days and then everything was back to normal. (We also babied him for two days.)

It wasn't until I got stung that I realized it had to have been a scorpion that got him too. Somehow, he must have made the connection between scorpion stings and intense pain, which is why he is so determined to tell me when he finds them.

Last night as I gathered the boys to go to bed, I noticed the lights on in my big closet. (They turn on automatically when the doors are open.) It had to be Tank. He often pushes the doors in so he can lay on the nice cushy carpet.

I walk in and he pops his head up. Sitting barely three inches away is a scorpion!

I don't know where I found the strength (or speed), but I lunged toward Tank and pushed that 130 pound dog away from the scorpion. In a single fluid move, I crushed that scorpion so fast and so hard, there was nothing left.

Hell hath no fury like a woman stung.

Yes, I hold a grudge. Scorpions have earned my vendetta.

Luckily, Tank is lazy at night. (We call him our solar powered dog.) He doesn't move around much, which is probably why the scorpion didn't sting him. I'm just glad I found that thing before he did.

I have to admit, I surprised myself with how fast I moved. But that was my baby. I didn't want to see him hurt.

Has anything ever happened to you that you surprised yourself with your speed or strength? Do tell. I want to hear your adventure stories.


Jennifer Shirk said...

You go, girl!
I've amazed myself with super speed once when i thought my kidelt was choking. I don't even remember how I materialized through a crowded room to get to her side, but i did. and fast. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Jennifer: I think moms are world renown for saving their children and for having a sixth sense when they're in danger.

So glad you were there for her!

Liz Fichera said...

oh, yeah! I believe it! We get our share of scorpions too. They're amazing creatures. Would you believe one crawled in bed with us one night? *shudders* It stung my husband on the leg and you've never seen two people move so fast!

Maria Zannini said...

OMG, Liz! Aren't the scorpions in Arizona venomous?

The ones we have here hurt like the dickens, but they're not dangerous.

Sorry about your hubby. Hope he's okay.

Marianne Arkins said...

Scorpions.... :::shudder:::

I saw a "Fear Factor" once where the contestants had to be locked into a class coffin and had scorpions poured over them and had to stay in for a minute or something. I remember thinking, "$50,000 is NOT enough money."


And, re: superhuman speed and strength -- when it comes to kids (and that includes the four-footed ones) I think we all have that!!!

I'm so glad you saved Tank the pain of a sting.

Maria Zannini said...


Ref: Fear Factor
Oh no, no, no, no, no. I would risk getting stung to save someone, but not for money. No way.

Lydia Kang said...

Ewww, scorpions! Gross, gross!

Marguerite Butler said...

Oh Maria, I'm totally with you on the scorpian fatwa. The evil suckers have been inside my house too.

We're supposed to get some heat relief later this week, right?


Maria Zannini said...


LOL! Not just gross. Evil. Mean. And downright vindictive.

Fortunately, so am I.

Maria Zannini said...


I think we're going to cool off into the high 90s later this week.

I hope so anyway. I've had my fill of summer. How about you?

Sherri said...

So are you winning the war?

Glad you saved Tank from that mean beastie.

Maria Zannini said...


Winning? I dunno. But at least I'm making Casa Zannini a dangerous place for scorpions. :grin:

Claudia said...

Hi Maria,
My hats off to you! You are now Iko and Tank's hero. Scorpions are nasty and dangerous! I loathe them! I'm REALLY surprised that nothing serious happened to Iko or you when you got stung. I've heard of people that have died of a sting from these heinous arthropods. I do remember my grandmother killing one that had crept onto her bed, yuk! it was so hard she had to hit it at least three times with the shoe heel in order to finally kill it. We were living in a tropical country at the time. I love nature but I hate anything under the arachnid class.

Maria Zannini said...

Claudia: To my knowledge, Texas doesn't have the poisonous ones, but Arizona does.

Nonetheless, the sting is painful enough that I wouldn't wish it on anybody.

jackie b central texas said...

My super speed story took place one night in our swimming pool about 2 years back or so. My DH decided it was a nice warm night and he had a hard day let's go out in the back yard and just look at the stars in the sky and lounge around in the pool. We get ready with our suits on take the dog out and some towels to dry off. All goes great we are in the pool chatting and the next thing I know in the deep end I vaguely see something wiggling toward my sweetie and then I see "real stars" as all of a sudden out of nowhere this huge blob hops over me out of the pool screaming "It's a snake, get out of the pool!" I could have died for real because being 5'2" and my DH being 5'9" why did he use me as the "step" to remove his body from the pool? BTW I never saw him get out because he levitated out of that pool so fast it never registered as movement!!!
Anyway, turns out it was about a 6" grass snake he was not happy when interrupted in it's efforts to enjoy a moonlit swim when captured by 2 bulging eyed humans in a net and then bashed in the head because it tried to bite said humans....

2 years ago, yeah that is it because this summer was the first time in 2 years that we have swum in the pool at night since!!!

jackie ^_^

Maria Zannini said...


OMG! I could not stop laughing. I'm sorry. You described it so vividly I could see it all in slow-mo.

Glad the snake wasn't dangerous.

Thanks for the story. That's a keeper!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Well, there are no scorpions or snakes in my little story but I can offer this one.

I was about fourteen months pregnant and sitting in my Moby Dick suit on the deck near the shallow end of my friend's pool. My two year old son was following the other kids across the deck at the deep end and managed to slip and fall in. I don't really remember leaving my chair or hitting the water but I had made it the length of the pool and was able to grab him the first time he bobbed to the surface. Afterwards, my friends (and I use the term loosely) said they had never seen anything that big move that fast.

Maria Zannini said...


14 months! LOL. But I get your drift.

You're lucky you didn't hurt yourself. Those 'friends' should have jumped in the water immediately instead of waiting on a poor pregnant woman to show them up.

Glad you and your son came out of it all right.


Stacy said...

Wow Maria! You are my hero! That was so brave!

My feat happened 20 years ago and it was super-human strength. My husband and I were just moving into our new home (where we still live) and we were unloading the moving van. It was just the two of us and he had this giant drill press that was at the back of the truck. In the process of moving things around it, he inadvertently tipped the drill press and I watched as it was about to fall onto his head. I quickly sprung into action and caught the drill press (which weighs a few hundred pounds!) I am not all that strong but adrenalin and love saved him from being squished like a pancake.

Maria Zannini said...


Holy cow! I know how much those drill presses weigh. There's no way I'd be able to hold one back.

I'm so glad you were there for your husband. It sounds to me, he married his own guardian angel. :o)

--now there's got to be a novel in that. :grin:

Kim said...

I don't have a story to compare to the scorpion (ewww) story. I just wanted to throw in my ewww...

Aha! A plus for living in NJ - no scorpions! It's not much, but still... :D

Maria Zannini said...

Kim: lol I landed in Jersey once. I got on the wrong ferry. I would have stayed and looked around but I was afraid I wouldn't find my way back and I was flying home that night.

Ref: scorpions
I have to admit, the scorpions are the worst part of living here. I'm glad Iko is such a good scorpion hunter. Between the two of us we made a good dent in their population.

catie james said...

Cheers to you for protecting your baby Maria. I'm glad Tank didn't get stung.

Back when my poochie (Sugar) was alive & we still lived down in SB, we had a problem w/a family of raccoons invading our attic/backyard/house foundation. One night I let Sugar out to do her business, leaving her unattended so I could feed my cat Dinah. Suddenly I hear this panicked, high-pitched yelp. (Sugar had never once made a sound like that in all the time we'd had her).

Just as I opened the back door, she bounded onto our deck with a raccoon twice her size in hot pursuit. It grabbed Sugar from behind, getting her beneath it in a defenseless positing in a matter of seconds. Before that point, I'd been frozen by the surreality of it all, but once I saw Sug under attack, I ran out of the house (barefoot) determined to kick the ever loving shit out of Rockie the Raccoon for daring to threaten my baby.

Luckily it ran away thanks to my screams of rage and Sugar only ended up with a little cut on her leg, but holy cow - I was ready to tear that animal's head off. Even recounting the story now brings back all the rage I felt in that moment.

Maria Zannini said...


Holy moley! The shotgun would have come out had I seen a raccoon coming after my babies.

Someday I'll have to recount all the chicken dinners this one raccoon used to eat at our expense. They are voracious and brutal animals when they kill.

Glad you saved Sugar! It would have been a horrible way to die.

Dru said...

I'm glad you destroyed the scorpion.

Maria Zannini said...

Dru: There was nothing left but a smudge. :)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I kept my husband from falling face forward on a bus. There was no room to sit, and he let go of the strap just as the bus began moving. My arm shot out before I registered what was happening, and I grabbed him. Luckily, he regained his footing quickly. He's quite a bit bigger than me, so I couldn't have held him up for long.