Meghan Linsey said she’s ‘just glad to be alive’ after suffering a venomous spider bite two months ago.
The New Orleans-born vocalist, 31, opened up to PeopleThursday about her recovery after suffering a bite from a brown recluse spider as she slept February 12.
The country music songstress – best known for her stints on reality shows such as NBC’s The Voice and CMT’s Can You Duet? – revealed to the magazine the extensive medical treatment she’s received for the injurious bite.
(Warning: Images below are graphic)
Before the bite: Meghan Linsey, 31, opened up about her recovery after suffering a venomous spider bite in February. The singer was snapped last November at the CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee
‘It’s kind of a pain at this point but, after going through everything I went through, I’m just glad to be alive,’ she told the publication.
Linsey, who used to perform in the musical outfit Steel Magnolia, said that upon waking up the morning she was bit, she immediately suffered a growing number of ‘crazy, crazy symptoms’ including swelling, rashes and muscle spasms, adding, ‘Every day was another thing.’
Linsey told the magazine she received treatments involving antibiotics and saline at a medical facility, but her problems stemming from the bite continued to mount.
‘I was supposed to be getting better, but I was getting worse – up until day nine, which is when the symptoms stopped happening and the necrosis started on my face,’ she said, referring to visible swathes of dead and corroded skin that created what she described as ‘a hole on [her] face.’
As the problem persisted, Linsey sought out a South Carolina medical professional specializing in wound treatment, leading her to multiple treatments in a hyperbaric chamber, which she said helped the problem.
The jury’s still out whether the scarring will leave permanent marks, she said, as she looks to have healed a great deal through progress photos she’s shared to social media.
Far and wide: The country crooner underwent multiple treatments in a hyperbaric chamber in hopes of alleviating her problem
She also sought out help for the facial wounds with a gel treatment called Stratamed, that’s help her cover up the wounds – sometimes with ‘three or more layers’ if need be – as she performs in front of audiences.
‘That helped me a lot, just being able to get back out on the road and do shows again,’ she added.
Linsey, who documented much of her struggles via her Instagram account, said she’s received phenomenal support in the wake of the scary situation.
Better than chicken soup: Meghan said that her spirits were lifted when she got a chance to take the stage and sing in front of an audience
Revealing: The country singer documented her symptoms and healing via social media
‘I think that people appreciate it when you’re real,’ she said. ‘I’m like, “What am I going to do? Be hiding this thing that I’m going through?”
She said that she feels nice raising awareness for those who have suffered from debilitating bites, as she has.
‘It’s not talked about a lot,’ she said, ‘and I have a way to get the word out.’
Advancing: In this show uploaded just two weeks ago, it’s cleat that Linsey’s treatments have had a profound effect on healing her facial wounds