Megan Linsey is speaking out after an almost deadly spider attack nearly two months ago.
The season 8 runner-up of NBC’s The Voice woke up in the middle of a February night to discover a brown recluse crawling on her head. The poisonous spider, which is found mostly in the midwestern and south central part of the United States, managed to leave a “hole in her face.”
Immediately heading to urgent care following the bite, the singer continued to experience a series of symptoms even with antibiotics. Along with excruciating nerve pain, her eye was completely swollen shut.
“The swelling was the first thing, and then I ended up just having crazy, crazy symptoms,” Linsey shared with PEOPLE. “I had muscle spasms, then I had a body rash all over. They tell people to not look up things on WebMD, and I had looked up everything on WebMD and I had every symptom. Every day was another thing.”
As she continues to get treated for the attack, Linsey is slowly healing and documenting her road to recovery on social media.
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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
The surrounding area of where Lindsey was bit rotted away when her skill cells began to die, leaving what the 31-year-old referred to as the hole in her face. Although her daily makeup routine is now extensive to hide the scar, she is lucky that the poisonous, eight-legged arthropod did not leave her dead.
“I’m one of those people that just throws it on and goes, but now I have to put three or more layers on this one area of my face,” she said. “It’s kind of a pain at this point but, after going through everything I went through, I’m just glad to be alive.”
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I cannot believe the outpouring of love and support I have received from all of you. I'm finally feeling somewhat normal again. It has been 11 days since I was bit by a brown recluse spider. I saw the Toxicologist at Vanderbilt yesterday and she said she thinks my wound is going to heal just fine on it's own. She doesn't think I will need surgery, which is a huge relief! I am so grateful for all of your prayers, well wishes and positive energy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ??
“I think that people appreciate it when you’re real. I’m like, ‘What am I going to do? Be hiding this thing that I’m going through?’” Linsey spoke of her healing process. “And honestly, it’s nice to raise awareness. It’s not talked about a lot and I have a way to get the word out.”