WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Country music singer Meghan Linsey was given a tragic shock when a stinging sensation caused her to wake from her sleep and quickly discover a dead spider crumbled in her hand. The Season 8 runner up on NBC’s The Voice had no idea what brutality she would soon encounter, as the spider’s venom would put the star in a world of discomfort and even form a dark hole just below her eye. After months of healing and struggling through the pain, Linsey revealed that her health scare almost robbed the singer of her career!
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
Sitting down with ET, Linsey admitted that she did, at one point, fear death, speaking about experiences where muscle spasms and slight throat closure made the singer worry for her life. She went on, “The venom didn’t affect my singing at all… which, actually, my one health care doctor was worried about that.” Linsey’s bite has healed nicely, although the singer was adamant about sharing time lapsed photos of the brutal effects from the venom of the brown recluse, one of the deadliest spiders in North America.
As far as scarring, the singer said that she is only two months into her healing process, informing that her doctors suggested waiting six months to a year before judging any of the wound’s appearance. We’re glad that this fighter overcame this obstacle with such strength and determination! Since beginning her healing process, Linsey is ready to put her focus back into her music and continue to surpass expectations!