We've been in our house in South Carolina two weeks and I've had an encounter with fire ants and kidney stone. This is a dangerous place to live. My little chiwawa, Princess, sat on a fire ant nest. I grabbed her and ran her inside and put her in the sink flushing the area with cold water. I could not get those ants to let go so I put dish soap and massaged it in. She has bumps on her right hind leg and I have a swollen pointer finger that hurts. I can't seem to get the swelling to go down. I can't even bend my finger.
Last Sunday I was in so much pain I went to a walk in clinic and they told me to go to the emergency room. After morphine to control the pain I had CAT scans and they found my first kidney stone. I will see the specialist today, my pain is gone and I have been drinking lots of water. I'm pretty nervous because I know I will have to pass it. I'm also afraid that the specialist will put me on more food restrictions.
It will take some time to get use to the climate change and pests. I don't think there was anything that could hurt me in western Washington.