Saturday morning and I can’t

Saturday morning and I can’t seem to sleep. Already laid in bed a long time trying to will myself back to dreamland but only listened to my husband, son, (who usually joins us half way through the night) shih-tzu and two cats softly snoring. Finally gave up. I was not feeling well last night. The “after chemo” nausea and heartburn set in early this time. It usually does not hit until Saturday or Sunday. My nails are really killing me today, I probably should not have unloaded that half yard of dirt yesterday afternoon. Just really want to have the flowerbed ready by Race for the Cure weekend. JE can’t do it all by himself. Well, I am thankful for another weekend to spend with my family doing what we want. Should probably go soak my fingertips in ice water to dull the pain, then off to the doctor’s office for my daily shot. i wish everyone out there a great day.

A happier day

Like I thought, today was a much better day. I spoke at our church tonight about the joys of faith through adversity. Recalling all the blessings I have been given makes me remember why I keep fighting this and praying for a cure. There is hope, and there is an answer somewhere out there. Hopefully the Europeans are going to be willing to share their findings!!! Peace to all.

Snake Bite prevention and treatment

Of the 10,000 – 20,000 snake bites reported in the USA each year, less than ten are fatal. However, many more cause disfigurement or nerve or tissue damage. Quick use of the Extractor Pump to remove the venom can have significant benefits.

Those most at risk include children and adults under 120 lbs. Alcohol use is involved in more than 50% of snake bites in the USA. Also, people with tattoos are more likely to get bitten though the correlation between tattoos and alcohol use has not been fully researched in snake bite occurrence. It appears, however, that the most likely candidate for a snake bite is the tattooed drunk who is staggering around in the wild outdoors. If you’re looking for a Snake Bite Kit, the Extractor Pump Kit is it!

 The USA has four major kinds of poisonous snakes – Coral Snakes and three Pit Vipers: Rattlesnakes, Water Moccasins (Cottonmouths), and Copperheads. Snakes use Offensive Poisons to disable or kill a potential meal, or intruder.

Know which snakes are dangerous. Look for a triangular head (rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths) or red bands touching yellow to whitish bands (coral snakes).



The name Pit Viper is derived from a small pit between the nostril and the eye on each side of the head. The bite of the Pit Viper is a lightning-like strike, usually on the legs or hands, as the snake injects venom from two fangs in the forward portion of its upper jaw. These fangs leave two distinctive puncture wounds at the point of entry. Bites from Pit Vipers are serious. If bitten, the symptoms you feel will vary greatly, depending on your size, amount of venom injected, the amount you’re able to remove with the Extractor™ Pump, the speed of absorption, and the location of the bite. Usually, the bite of a Pit Viper will cause severe pain and rapid swelling and discoloration of the skin at the bite area. Other conditions that may develop include general body weakness, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, dimness of vision, shock, and even death.




Coral snakes inject venom by chewing on the victim. They often allow you to handle them for long periods of time before biting. Because they are colorful, children often catch and play with these snakes. Be sure your child can differentiate Coral Snakes from harmless colorful snakes.




SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF BITTEN BY A POISONOUS SNAKE. The Sawyer Extractor Pump is the only First Aid method proven scientifically to remove significant quantities of venom from snake bites. If used immediately after being bitten, the Extractor Pump can remove up to 90% of the injected venom.

Snake Bite Do’s 


  • Remove yourself or victim from risk of a second bite.
  • Use the Sawyer Extractor™ Pump immediately. You can leave the pump on for up to four hours. The first few minutes are the most important for venom removal.
  • Calm the patient. Virtually all snakebites are successfully treated in the US.
  • Keep the extremity at heart level or lower. In most cases severe complications DO NOT occur until several hours post-bite. If the victim must be transported or walked out, make wise use of those first few hours.
  • Seek medical help immediately. Children and adults under 120 lbs. are particularly at risk, as is anyone who has received multiple bites or a full load of venom.
  • Limit liquid intake because the body pumps fluids to the bite site, increasing painful swelling. Avoid alcohol, which increases metabolism and impairs judgment.
  • Remember that most bites, even from poisonous snakes, are not fatal. Panic can increase the danger to the victim by inducing rapid heartbeat.

Snake Bite Don’ts

  • Don’t excite the victim or even allow the victim to walk if it can be avoided. Doing so will increase blood circulation, speeding the spread of the venom beyond the area of the bite.
  • Don’t use the small rubber suction cups found in some first aid kits because they are too weak to remove any significant amount of venom.
  • Don’t cut an “X” or suck out venom with the mouth. This is ineffective and increases trauma in the area of the wound.
  • Don’t apply a tourniquet, constricting band, or “Australian Wrap,” unless you are well-trained in its use.
  • Don’t risk a second bite by chasing or trying to capture the snake. The antivenin for pit viper bites is the same for all species so identification is rarely necessary. Emergency room personnel will know from the type of bite (punctured versus chewed tissue) whether the attacker was a pit viper or coral snake.
  • We do not recommend the use of cold compresses unless being administered by a physician or other trained in proper application, due to the risk of frostbite or tissue damage from misapplication or over-application.

Choosing Insect Repellents

After nearly 50 years of use, DEET is still the most effective insect repellent against mosquitoes and ticks. Available in a timed release Deet lotion formula, Broad Spectrum Deet formulas with additional protection against biting flies, and 100% MaxiDeet formula. Lotion formulas for the skin, spray formulas for skin and natural fibers.

Controlled Release 20% Deet insect repellent

Broad Spectrum Deet insect repellent with added protection against biting flies

MaxiDeet 100% Deet insect repellent



Spectrum Aerosol

100% Deet


PERMETHRIN is a non-toxic, safe-to-humans clothing treatment that both kills and repels mosquitoes, ticks and many other insects. Permethrin clothing treatment binds to the fibers of fabric, similar to colorants, and remains effective for up to 6 weeks, through regular washings. Permethrin may be used on clothing, sleeping bags, tents, or stroller nettings. Available in aerosol and non-aerosol formulations.


Non-Aerosol Permethrin insect repellent for clothing

Aerosol Permethrin 9oz insect repellent for clothing

Permethrin Refill 15oz insect repellent


6oz EcoPump

9oz Spray

15oz Refill


Insect repellents Deet and Permethrin are recommended for prevention of insect bites and stings

The US Center for Disease Control and many State Departments of Health recommend the use of insect repellents to prevent insect bites which may transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Malaria and others.
The combination of DEET insect repellent on the skin and PERMETHRIN treated clothing was proven to be almost 100% effective against mosquito and tick bites when researched by the US Military over the past twenty years. The US Military uses this combination to protect its soldiers in the field, as do other governments worldwide. The US military chooses a timed release polymer based Deet formula for the skin, and a high dosage permethrin treatment for its Battle Dress Uniforms. The formulas we offer can provide protection for up to six weeks and through weekly washings.

Controlled Release Deet and Permethrin insect repellent -- non-odorless for Hunters

Hunters 2-Pack Repellent
Odorless after application, the ideal repellent protection combination for the hunter.

West Nile Virus Protection Pack
West Nile Virus Protection Pack for excellent protection from West Nile Virus and other diseases.


Controlled Release Deet and Permethrin insect repellent West Nile Virus Protection Pack


Venom Removal – Extractor

The Extractor Pump is an easy to use suction pump which can safely and quickly remove significant quantities of venom (poison) or irritants from bites and stings.

For treatment of Snake Bites, Bee Stings, Mosquito Bites, Tick Bites, Wasp or Hornet Stings, Scorpion Stings, Spider Bites, Fly Bites, Stingray or Jellyfish Stings and more.

Treatment of Snake Bites, Bee Stings, Mosquito Bites, Tick Bites, Wasp or Hornet Stings, Scorpion Stings, Spider Bites, Fly Bites, Stingray or Jellyfish Stings and more.

 Removes venom and poison from bites and stings by extracting it from the puncture holes in the skin.

The Sawyer Extractor™ Pump provides the most powerful suction available to safely remove venoms and poisons from bites and stings. Its suction of 750 millibars is so powerful there is no cutting necessary. The Extractor™ removes the poisons which cause the pain, reducing the health risk and lessening the chance of severe allergic reaction to the bite or sting.
The Sawyer Extractor Pump is the only kit proven scientifically to remove significant quantities of venom from Snake Bites. Scientific research also proves the Sawyer Extractor Pump removes poison when treating bee stings. It also removes saliva and anticoagulants from mosquito and tick bites.

 The Extractor is medically recommended for treatment of bites and stings


The Extractor Kit contains everything you need to treat bites and stings from insects, snakes and marine creatures

The Extractor Kit comes with everything you need for first aid treatment of a bite or sting and for clean up of the bite site. For treatment for Snake Bites, Mosquito Bites, Tick Bites, Bee Stings, Wasp or Hornet Stings, Scorpion Stings, Spider Bites, Fly Bites, or Marine Stings and envenomations, The Extractor is what you need!