When reaching to take a gift from under the tree this morning, my wife did not see the scorpion clinging to the box. Unfortunately, she got a nasty sting from this little creature. While bites from the scorpions we have in Arizona are rarely fatal, they can be really painful and debilitating. My wife's hand and most of her lower arm are almost completely numb and she cannot muster any strength in her hand. The bite creates an effect much like when circulation just returns, such that she has had pins and needles in her hand all day. Bummer.
Update: 12 hours after the sting, and her hand is still nearly inoperative and hurts like heck to the touch. Do not worry, we have called poison control and her symptoms are in the normal band. Some Arizonans report that it can take weeks for full nerve function to return. Joy.