About a month ago I was out with my friend Manuel Menendez diving / spearing - all in all it was a great day...but...in Manuel's own words:
"On July 4th I went
diving with Felix Leander, Manny Dobal, and Nick Bernal. We had a decent day and got a few fish for
dinner.When I got home the kids wanted to see the fish we
Lifting a grouper out of the cooler I got poked
by 3 spines from one of the Lionfish in the cooler.The pain was instant and intense. The Lionfish that
stung me had been dead for 4 hours and was about 13 inches long.
I had my hand under running HOT water for 3
hours and couldn't stop literally stomping from the pain. I took 3 Tylenol
extra strength and 2 percasets and my hand was still on fire and swelling.
By 11 pm I went to the hospital because my
finger was turning black. When I walked into the hospital the first doctor
told me she was calling the hand specialist because she was worried I might lose
all or part of my finger...every few minutes a different nurse or doc would
come by to ask to look at my nasty hand...
I got admitted and was in the hospital for 25
hours all because of a STING FROM A DEAD LIONFISH, I felt like such a fucking idiot...
Anyway I had 5
antibiotics administered by IV and countless shots of hydro-morphine and other
I had been stung twice in the past 2 years by
lionfish and had very minor bee sting like reactions this time the spines went
deep and I got hurt bad...I have probably killed between 500 and 600 of these fish over the last 5 years and have gotten a little too comfortable with
handling them...I have participated in, planned and won several Lionfish
tournaments in the Bahamas and South Florida over the last 3 years and perhaps
I was a little too comfortable handling them...
I have been bitten by a moray, stung by
stingrays, bitten by a nurse shark, stung by bristle worms, gotten rashes all
over due to a scorpion fish stinging BUT this lionfish sting was BY FAR THE
It’s been 31 days and I still cannot completely
bend my middle finger and it is still inflamated …