I live in Oklahoma. It was bound to happen.
Patient comes to our office for a “hospital follow-up” visit.
He’d been in the hospital with a severe hand infection. It had necessitated intravenous antibiotics coupled with surgical incision and drainage (“I&D”).
What caused his infection?
He lacerated his hand. Underwater. Muddy water. In the act of catching 20+ pound catfish. With his bare hands.
“Been doin’ it since I was twelve,” he told me. “Never had this happen before.”
I started wondering about the bacterial flora of catfish bites.
He wasn’t bitten, though. Scraped his hand on a rock reaching into a small underwater cave. That’s where you find the catfish.
And catch them with your bare hands. If you’re a noodler, that is.
Remember, Noodlers: No Hooks, No Bait, No Fear…