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The hazards of clear-cutting a jungle [Jul. 31st, 2015|12:52 pm]
I'm currently nursing a bee sting on the index finger of my left hand. The hand is swollen enough that I'm having considerable trouble typing.

I can't blame the bee. She was doing her job. A giant creature was ripping out all the vegetation in front of her home, and what would a bee think the purpose of such a thing to be? Why, attacking the hive, of course. Her job was protecting the hive, and this was the third time in four days that the giant creature had assaulted her home.

I think that's why she and her compatriots were so persistent in chasing me down. Before, when I've gone around the corner of the garage and out of sight of the hive, they have settled back down fairly quickly. This time, I was standing a ways down the driveway and they were still determined to drive me further away.

As a counter-measure, I put my hand in the air, pinkie and thumb out in the "no worries" pose, and flickered it back and forth. The shadow resembles a chimney swift, and bees generally flee from it.

Not this time. This time I felt the sharp bite of a sting. Apparently I pushed my hand up just where Miss Thang was flying, and she tagged me. I'd been calm to this point, since I was wearing a bee net and long pants and sleeves. But I had on garden gloves, vented in the back, rather than bee gloces. Cursing my stupidity came into the house, peeled off the glove, checked for a stinger, cleaned it up, and went back to work--in a completely different section of the garden. I could definitely feel it, but it wasn't that bad.

By the time we walked to the movie theater last night I was holding it up in the air to keep the swelling down. By this morning it was definitely swollen. Now, despite Benadryl, I can almost watch it swell more. And I feel a bit achy in my joints. I've always reacted dramatically to bug bites, but believe me, there will be no gardening today!

[User Picture]From: greybeta
2015-07-31 06:22 pm (UTC)
No good deed goes unpunished, Mrs. Ferrett. Hope ya get to feeling better soon!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2015-07-31 08:41 pm (UTC)
Try icing it off and on and if it doesn't improve or gets worse, you may want to see your doctor. Having been stung,as a kid, by the corner of my eye, I can entirely sympathize!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-07-31 10:24 pm (UTC)
It's pretty nasty, but these bees seem to be extra-venomous and aggressive, once you get them going. I'll go to the doc if it gets any bigger.
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2015-08-01 04:27 am (UTC)
I second the ice suggestion; that helped me when I got my ring finger stung once by a wasp (got the rings off in time, fortunately). I did check it with a doctor and he said it is possible for the swelling to cut off the circulation, but i forget what the warning signs were.

Hope it goes down soon!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-01 04:02 pm (UTC)
It's already a bit better today.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2015-08-01 10:19 am (UTC)
That sucks. But you are making amazing progress!
Can we have pics?

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-01 04:03 pm (UTC)
Not yet. Someday, when it looks less dreadful and ragged!
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From: anonymousalex
2015-08-01 05:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you earned your day off. Hazard pay.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-02 06:17 pm (UTC)
It's improving. I may go out there this evening and do some work.

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[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2015-08-02 01:25 am (UTC)
Ouch! Hope you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-02 05:21 pm (UTC)
It's improved a lot. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2015-08-04 07:12 am (UTC)
I feel for you. I learned that I wasn't allergic to bee/hornet stings a few weeks ago when I was stung on the back of my head by one on my way to work at 5:45 am in the morning. I was half sleep before the sting...but I didn't need the coffee that I was on my way to get after the bug stung me in the back of my head.
I kept waiting for signs of an allergic reaction, but I got lucky. But it stung like hell for about 20 mins.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-04 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yikes! That's an unpleasant place for a sting!
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