The ant bit my arm in the fleshy tender underside. Immediately after the bite, the area became red and spread to about the size of a dime or so at its worst. The burning that I felt however, ran through my entire arm and into my neck and face. A fiery hot sensation, somewhat like a bee sting that won't let up, spread through my entire arm and up through my neck. I took a shower and sprayed the area with vinegar hoping to neutralize the sting, but it didn't help much. What is fun about these bites is that they keep on giving, in two or three days the burning will have stopped, but then the bite will itch with almost the same level of intensity for a day or two. It is amazing that something so tiny can cause an entire week of discomfort before it fades and is completely forgotten.
Needless to say this bite hurt, but what shocks me the most is that it leaves almost no evidence of its existence on the outside. I can complain and try to show you where it hurts, but chances are unless you've recently been bitten by a fire ant, you won't have much sympathy. A tiny dime sized red mark is hardly something astonishing to see.
Sometimes I think this is the way our emotions feel. They hurt, they rage or they explode into something we can hardly tolerate. We cry, scream, yell or snap at people around us to try and ease the discomfort we feel. Yet when trying to explain why we feel so intensely it can sometimes come across like this fire ant bite. It isn't even what happened that we are always reacting to emotionally, sometimes it is the poison flowing through our heart that cripples us for a moment or two. Even if we recover from the shocking pain, in a few days we might feel another discomfort from the experience all together.
What is important to remember here is that regardless of if it is us or someone else feeling pain and reacting to it, we need to remember that some of the most painful things we can experience are not seen from the outside. The amount of damage that can be seen from another pair of eyes will not always be enough to judge how much pain is really occurring under the surface.