We were walking around the gardens/property at Eden B & B and I saw they had a enclosed screened in green house. I wanted to see what they had growing inside, so I approached the doorway to the entrance. There is a lot of foliage everywhere and some branches were in the way of the door. I used my left hand to push the leaves away and OUCH! What the heck was that, I thought. Taking a closer look, I saw these nasty looking thorns.
My finger started bleeding and got red immediately. I decided it would be a good idea to get the "poison" out of my finger, so I decided to bite the area and suck out whatever was in there and spit it out. I did that for several minutes and my finger felt better. Then, a few seconds later my tongue started to get numb. I guess that wasn't such a good idea after all!
After about 1/2 hour my tongue was back to normal but my finger started to hurt again. It has been three days and my finger is still slightly swollen and hard area where the poke was. I put some anti-bacterial on the area and I'm sure it will just take a little time before my body gets rid of it. So, note to self - look closely at the plant before you touch it.