Warning: If you suffer from arachnophobia, this article highlights your worst nightmare.
On Feb. 12, Meghan Linsey, runner-up on "The Voice" television program and also a former member of Steel Magnolia, reportedly woke to a swollen, stinging face. She then noticed a crushed brown spider in her hand. She went to urgent care, the tiny dead spider in a plastic bag, and learned that she had been bitten by a brown recluse, the Independent Journal Review wrote.
Nine days after the bite, Linsey began to document her experience and healing on her Instagram account, leaving followers in awe of her candidness and positivity.
In her first public post regarding the incident, she included graphic photos of the previous nine days and wrote: "This scenario is literally on the top of my nightmare list. The stinging was awful and I knew it had to be poisonous. ... 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"
According to LIVESTRONG, brown recluse spider venom is necrotizing, which means that the stuff literally kills your skin tissue, causing it to go black.
Ten days after the bite, Linsey saw a toxicologist at Vanderbilt who falsely told her that the wound should heal fine on its own. Days later, the necrosis began to spread on her face, causing what was at first a small black wound to grow into a black hole under Linsey's eye.
“I was supposed to be getting better, but I was getting worse," Linsey told People magazine in an interview.
The next doctor she saw was a wound care specialist who immediately started the singer on hyperbaric chamber treatment, which speeds up the body's healing process.
But this time, Linsey was told the hard truth: Everything was going to get worse before it got better.
Her entire experience was documented on her Instagram account.
THen, 32 days after the bite, Linsey posted a picture that portrayed the progress she had made.
Since the event, Linsey has had to adapt to a new, heavy makeup routine in order to minimize the presence of her scar -- but she has shown no shame in her new beauty mark.
Linsey references her faith and health for having brought her so far along in the healing process.
The country singer's voice was not affected by the traumatizing event, despite experiencing some symptoms which involved her throat.