Antivenom Is Expensive!
Scot and Maggie King are both talented artists (Scot with leather, Maggie with pottery), they've helped countless people to explore their passions and have been supporting small craftsmen all over Europe bringing their craft to the states. Scot's good humor and storytelling have lit up many a campfire, and his love of history has been shared with more than we can count.
On June 26, Scot was bit by a copperhead snake and went to the ER. Antivenom was administered, and while he's doing better right now, not everything is covered by insurance. They are seeking financial aid from the hospital but the bills are piling up, and he will be incapacitated for the bulkk of their high season for events and shows. For a pair of artists, this could be a devastating situation. One that could potentially prevent them from continuing to share the art and culture that they both love.
Almost immediately, friends from all over reached out and wanted to help, a testament to how well-loved they are. To how much we would lose without their presence in the historical arts community.
The amount being asked for is the initial estimate of just the antivenom, plus enough to cover processing and a bit more, and it may change. Anything over the amount requested will be sent to Scot and Maggie to help them get back on their feet.
The outpouring of support has been beyond generous, and it constantly surprises everyone involved. And the generosity has come in more than just this campaign, but in help offered locally and from afar.
I should have let people know more about me, Willa. I live in Tucson, AZ, which is clear across the country from Scot and Maggie. They have been good friends for several years and I was more than happy to help by setting this up.
In case there were questions - I am not handling any of the money. Maggie has been set as the beneficiary, so she is able to access the money and withdraw anything. The intent is that the raised funds will be used towards any medical bills as a result of the bites. If there is anything extra, it will be used to help offset any losses from being unable to travel to events where their goods would be sold.
It's been 2 weeks to the day since I have been bitten. Recovery is slow but, I feel I have turned a corner and am improving daily. I still can't walk but I hope to be back on my feet soon.
It is very difficult to sum up what I feel in words. I am not a wordsmith. This experience has somehow given a sort of understanding to my heart. In the the quiet place in my heart of hearts I acknowledge all of you and the love and support you have shown me. The response I have received from friends everywhere has been humbling. Your outpouring of support has bolstered my soul. I hope I can live up to and be the person you think I am. There is so much of life we don't understand but, when something bad happens and so many people come together to save me I'm reminded of the deep value of community and the bonds of friendship. The friendship I hope to repay all of you in kind.
Gratefully yours, Scot King
Scot just had a house call from a friend who is an emergency room doctor. He is improving with no evidence at this time of infection. While there is some necrosis near the bite on the foot it is not worsening and the very expensive medicine seems to have done its job. Now it’s a matter of pain management and bedrest. Walking is still impossible but his pain is diminished as long as he keeps his leg elevated.
I will be extremely busy over the next days and will not be able to answer messages easily. I promise to update here if anything changes. Thanks so much to everyone who has been supporting us with well wishes and phone calls and helping us with the hospital bill.
If any of Scot’s close friends wish to call him please do, it has helped his spirits immensely to hear from his friends. You who are his chosen family know who you are.
Also baby elephant videos appear to be helping a lot with pain management. Please feel free to post those to my timeline.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and concern. He’s resting peacefully at the moment and hopefully it will get better after the first treatment . Wish us luck. Thanks everyone who bought stuff on our Etsy site and offered help. We can’t tell you all what it means to us the outpouring of love and support from our friends. You all helped us deal with a difficult situation by your support and sometimes levity during a seriously scary situation. I hope we can keep it together for Pennsic. We really need it to be a good war this year.
Scot looks good for now, it progressed further up his leg even after the anti venom, however, according to the folks at poison control, who are actually experienced with snake bites, (and not concerned with malpractice or money) he should be ok. He is just going to be in a lot of pain for a while. and he has to stay off it for at least 2 weeks. very worrisome, as we had an event booked for 4th of july weekend in Oregon, and of course Pennsic, which we rely on for income for the next 6 months and paying off debt from the past couple of months of goods procurement. the good new is that most of our suppliers are friends, and will wait for payment. the hospital will also likely work with us on the bill. however, we will still end up owing more than we can possibly pay. the worst case physically for scot is that he has tissue damage, or necrosis, or blood clotting issues, but for now that doesn't appear likely. Thanks all for the concern and offers of help.