Doctor: Hi, Peter is it? I’m Dr. Daniels. How can I help you today?
Pete: I’ve been tagged by a snake on the hand.
Doctor: Okay, I can see you’ve bandaged it up and immobilised it already. Come with me and we’ll fix you up.
Pete: No dramas.
Doctor: Lie down for me on the bed here, and before I remove the bandages, do you know what kind of snake bit you?
Pete: Yeah, it was an eastern brown snake. I was rummaging around in the woodpile beside the house and as I lifted up a plank I felt a prick on my left hand.
Doctor: Mmmm, I can see he definitely nailed you on the hand here as it’s starting to swell up. How are you pain wise?
Pete: It’s not that painful, though, I can definitely feel heat and pressure from where he got me.
Doctor: Yeah, although, sometimes these snakes will give you a dry bite we aren’t going to take any chances, as by the looks of it, you’ve been envenomated.
Pete: Definitely feels like it, doc. Hopefully, you can prevent me from kicking the bucket.
Doctor: Haha, not to worry. I’ve got some brown snake anti-venom here, which I’m going to give you via a simple injection.
Pete: Well, I’ve already copped one injection today, so might as well have a second one.
Doctor: Okay, are you ready? You’ll feel a slight prick.
Pete: Ouch! Jesus, doc. That was worse than the original snake bite!
Doctor: Well, to be fair, the snake’s probably quicker and better practiced than I am.
Alright, lie back and take it easy for a few minutes as the anti-venom takes effect. Once the swelling dies down, you’ll be on your way.
Pete: You beaut! Thanks, doc.
Doctor: No worries, just keep an eye out for snakes next time you’re rummaging around the woodpile.
Pete: Sure. Will do! Thanks, doc.