View Full Version : Western Pygmy Rattler Bite (Effects & Treatment) 1874 Oklahoma

12-15-2014, 03:13 AM
I'm writing a romantic historical western which takes place in 1874 Indian Territory (Oklahoma). My heroine is bitten by a Western Pygmy Rattler on the ankle. This is before anti-venom obviously. My heroine is on the trail with a Marshal. They are not near a town.

(1) How can the bite be treated on the spot?
(2) What are the degrees of recovery? How long bedridden? How long needing help to walk? How long before she could get on a horse and back on the trail?
(3) Would she be delusional for a period of time? How long?
(4) What other symptoms would she exhibit?
(5) Would she require nursing or be able to care for the bite herself?
(6) If a medicine woman is located, what is the Native American treatment for a rattlesnake bite?

I've been to my local library and believe it or not they were not very helpful. I'm very grateful for any help I can get. Thanks.

12-15-2014, 03:18 AM
This might be of interest.

On the Bite of the Rattlesnake (http://www.jstor.org/stable/3623548) from the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science.