John Jocelyn was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a spider while he was sleeping.
The former “Jon & Kate Plus 8” star revealed this week the “excruciating pain” he was experiencing after being bitten by a feral brown spider in his bed at his home in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Jocelyn explained to The Sun that he was looking forward to his “first real one-weekend” in Philadelphia when he woke up one morning and realized his leg had doubled in size.
“It was really weird because when I looked at my leg I realized it was twice the size and there was a red looking blister around it with a big red circle,” he told the outlet.
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Realizing that something was wrong, Jocelyn took himself to the hospital where he said the doctor “knew right away that the pain was from a brown recluse, which is a killer spider.”
“The doctor told me I was lucky to come because if you don’t treat this you could lose limbs or die from a bacterial infection,” he added.
Fortunately, the former reality star is on the mend after taking antibiotics and using a topical cream.
“I finally recovered after a week and the swelling and pain improved only where the bite was, not my whole leg,” he added.
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The father of eight is best known for his reality show with his ex-wife, Kate Gosselin. Recounting the spider incident, he joked about his failed marriage, telling the director, “I’ve never been bitten by a spider in my life, unless you count Kate. But all jokes aside, let’s face it, it wasn’t my year.”
Jocelyn Summer revealed his split from longtime girlfriend Colin Conrad in February.
He said at the time, “It’s tough; it was a big decision. We’ve been together for seven years, which is a long time, so it’s very upsetting.”
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Jocelyn and Conrad reportedly tried therapy before their split. He shared in August that Conrad was “very supportive” when he tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Conrad revealed in an emotional Instagram post around the same time that she underwent one mastectomy amid her battle with breast cancer.