Teen Preoccupied With Cell Phone Steps On Rattler's Nest

  1. 3
    I found this interesting in light of our most recent cell-phone conflagration . . .

    Maybe the story will be a wake-up call to the cell-phone obsessed person in your life ...

    Name:  oops.jpg
Views: 495
Size:  16.5 KB oops . . .

    SAN DIEGO (CBS 8)One moment she was searching for a cell phone signal in the rural East County, and moments later she was under attack.Sixteen-year-old Vera Oliphant stepped onto a rattlesnake nest, and was bitten by six snakes. Incredibly, she survived.. . more
    Esme12, TheCommuter, and Davey Do like this.
  2. Get our hottest nursing topics delivered to your inbox.

  3. 20 Comments so far...

  4. 6
    Perhaps Cell Phones, like Cigarette Packages, need to come with warnings:

    Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that Cell Phone Preoccupation can cause Inadvertent Rattlesnake Bites or a Fall into the Fountain at the Mall.
    CrufflerJJ, MusicalCoffee, Esme12, and 3 others like this.
  5. 3
    Omigod, being anywhere near a rattlesnake nest would be one of my worst nightmares. Snakes creep me out, especially the venomous ones.

    I am glad she survived her ordeal.
    aknottedyarn, Esme12, and nursel56 like this.
  6. 2
    Ha ha. The girl that did it is right out of central casting with the "valley girl" dialect. Although she tried to use the charger cord to make a tourniquet waaayyy too long after the incident, and someone else tried to suck the venom out, which it turns out is exactly the wrong thing to do . . . sigh. . .I'm glad she survived, too. Lucky kid.
    Esme12 and Davey Do like this.
  7. 1
    Quote from nursel56
    Although she tried to use the charger cord to make a tourniquet waaayyy too long after the incident... I'm glad she survived, too. Lucky kid.
    Yeah, nursel. If she'd REALLY thought about how quickly her Venomous Blood circulated through her body, she may have wanted to save her brain by tying the tourniquet around her neck!
    nursel56 likes this.
  8. 2
    There is an app now you can download, that uses your camera to let you see where your going behind your text words(while you look at the screen).

    Okay, now would I want to drive my 1/2 ton SUV down the road at 55-70mph only looking at the phone screen? Ah, . . . . NO!

    I had to jump out of the way at Macy's on a pedestrian crosswalk, when a Denali tried to brand "GMC" on my butt because this teen girl was get this- "making a reminder to stop by traffic court." She was upset and I knew she "maybe" learned her own lesson-so I went light and asked what was so important to take "ALL" her attention because I was just a moving bullseye- but I could have been a child darting away from his mother. (When I got the "traffic court reminder excuse"-which was bad-but far from the worst part).

    That's when she precedes to tell me she was using her "safe texting" app, and that when I entered the narrow 3ft phone's line-of-vision! She would have stopped. (I didn't have to yell "whoa" at her, and jump out of way- that i has embarrassed her)

    . . . . And I thought she felt bad? This is Serious people!!! You gotta watch for these people, they will kill you!!! I told her, "You would have only stopped after the loud thud, and, rougher than normal "organic" speed bump that would have been me!!!
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Nov 11, '12
    aknottedyarn and Esme12 like this.
  9. 3
    Davey, lol. I'm wondering if there may have been a baseline deficit going into the mishap. But I love how reporters ask the person who did the Very Dumb Thing what their advice would be to others. Ummmmm. .

    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    There is an app now you can download, that uses your camera to let you see where your going behind your text words(while you look at the screen).

    Okay, now would I want to drive my 1/2 ton SUV down the road at 55-70mph only looking at the phone screen? Ah, . . . . NO!
    Oh great. The only thing that would do is give you a good look at what you're about to kill, maim or destroy a split-second before it happens.

    I had to jump out of the way at Macy's on a pedestrian crosswalk, when a Denali tried to brand "GMC" on my butt because this teen girl was get this- "making a reminder to stop by traffic court." She was upset and I knew she "maybe" learned her own lesson-so I went light and asked what was so important to take "ALL" her attention because I was just a moving bullseye- but I could have been a child darting away from his mother. (When I got the "traffic court reminder excuse"-which was bad-but far from the worst part).

    That's when she precedes to tell me she was using her "safe texting" app, and that when I entered the narrow 3ft phone's line-of-vision! She would have stopped. (I didn't have to yell "whoa" at her, and jump out of way- that i has embarrassed her)
    Embarrassing her may be the only method that would work. And as long as I'm being cranky . . . I would love for someone to explain why typing or writing something is preferred over talking to them??? Wasn't telephony such a fantastic invention because now you didn't have to write stuff out? What next, Morse Code will be the rage?
  10. 3
    Quote from nursel56
    Ha ha. The girl that did it is right out of central casting with the "valley girl" dialect. Although she tried to use the charger cord to make a tourniquet waaayyy too long after the incident, and someone else tried to suck the venom out, which it turns out is exactly the wrong thing to do . . . sigh. . .I'm glad she survived, too. Lucky kid.
    Teenagers fortunately do survive in spite of themselves.
  11. 2
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Omigod, being anywhere near a rattlesnake nest would be one of my worst nightmares. Snakes creep me out, especially the venomous ones.

    I am glad she survived her ordeal.
    Good thing for her that rattlesnakes are not really that nasty on the venomosity (?) scale.

    Australia, on the other hand, has some truly nasty critters.

    See: Facts and Figures: World's Most Venomous Snakes | Australian Venom Research Unit

    Of the top 25 most venomous snakes, Australia has the top 11! The pitifully toxic eastern diamond back rattlesnake rates as #23.

    Australia also has nasty toxic lethal spiders....not the mildly toxic black widow & brown recluse as seen here in the US, but they have critters that will out & out kill you. The funnel web spider has fangs that are strong enough to punch through your thumbnail or shoes...and kill you.

    Then there's the Aussie box jellyfish & blue ring octopus, for the salt water lovers out there.

    If you stay on land, and avoid snakes/spiders, there's even a nasty tick that can kill you - the paralysis tick.

    G'Day!

    For a neat book about the above, I highly recommend A Venomous Life, by Struan Sutherland. See:
    A Venomous Life: Struan K. Sutherland: 9781864470260: Amazon.com: Books
  12. 0
    Wow ! I would love to know how many people have died because of cell phones ?


Top