“The Voice” singer Meghan Linsey is sharing her gruesome experience with a spider bite that left a black hole in her face.
The 2015 runner-up on the reality competition show took to Instagram to share the damage after being bitten by a poisonous brown recluse spider in February. Read the harrowing experience below.
I know I've been MIA on social media for a while, so I wanted to fill you all in on what's going on. These pics are hard to share, but I think it's important for me to be open with you guys. Everything isn't perfect all of the time. We all go through hard stuff. So, 9 days ago, on February 12, I woke up to a stinging sensation on my face. I looked and in my right hand was a dead spider. Somehow while I was sleeping, a spider had bit me and I had killed it. This scenario is literally on the top of my nightmare list. The stinging was awful and I knew it had to be poisonous. I put the spider in a bag and headed to urgent care. Over the course of the last 9 days, I have experienced the most insane symptoms. From excruciating nerve pain in my face, muscle spasms, full body rash, extreme swelling… etc. It has really been rough. It has been confirmed that I was bit by a brown recluse spider, one of two of the most poisonous spiders in the US. I am still dealing with the wound on my face, but I finally found the right meds to control the nerve pain. I know I'm not out of the woods on this yet, but I am so incredibly grateful for my health and I will never take it for granted again. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. I will be getting back in the studio this week, to work on the new record! I can't wait to finish it. And I can't wait to get back on the road on March 9 & 10- I will be playing in Alaska! And PLEASE, if you live in area where these spiders are, do some research and learn how to protect yourself! I know this is not common at all, but better safe than sorry! Love you all! Xo Meg
I cannot believe the outpouring of love and support I have received from all of you. I'm finally feeling somewhat normal again. It has been 11 days since I was bit by a brown recluse spider. I saw the Toxicologist at Vanderbilt yesterday and she said she thinks my wound is going to heal just fine on it's own. She doesn't think I will need surgery, which is a huge relief! I am so grateful for all of your prayers, well wishes and positive energy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️
Linsey went on to reassure her followers that despite the shocking images, she’s found “the right meds” to deal with the pain, and thanked them for their ongoing love and support.
In another post, the 31-year-old shared her progress as she underwent hyperbaric chamber treatments. “They say it gets worse before it gets better,” she wrote. Three weeks after the life-threatening bite, Linsey posted yet another update on her progress, telling fans that she was “just waiting for the last little bit of black (dead tissue) to slough off so that new skin can grow and the wound can heal.”
Sorry if this grosses anyone out, but a lot of people have asked to see updated pictures of my healing, so this is where we're at. I definitely think the hyperbaric chamber treatments sped up the healing process dramatically. It's been 3 weeks since my bite. Just waiting for the last little bit of black (dead tissue) to slough off so that new skin can grow and the wound can heal. Thank you again for the prayers, words of encouragement, and love! Love you guys! Xo Meg
Thanks to a fan, who also happens to be a pharmaceutical rep, Linsey was recommended a gel dressing that treats wounds under makeup, allowing her to take flawless selfies once more.
And as promised, the songstress was back on the road, which she revealed, “helped me a lot, just being able to get back out on the road and do shows again.”
“I’m one of those people that just throws it on and goes, but now I have to put three or more layers on this one area of my face,” she added. “It’s kind of a pain at this point but, after going through everything I went through, I’m just glad to be alive.”