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The Joys of BeeKeeping

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tushnurse posted 7/2/2013 09:02 AM

So many of you know that I am a beekeeper, and enjoy it immensely. This is a very busy time of year for us, making sure that all the hives have plent of room for them to keep producing honey, and not swarming.

Thursday evening we went down to MIL's to check on a hive there, and work on a boat for her, she lives on a small lake. I went for the soul purpose of swimming, real swimming for exercise. After crossing the cove multiple times, and recovering by floating on my back for a few minutes I get out of the lake, and am drying off, and suddenly out of NO WHERE....WHAM!!! I was stung smack dab center of my forehead. I was not the one working the bees, and wasn't aware that they were thoughrouly pissed off d/t my H tearing their brood box open, looking for queen cells. So with wet hands I "pull" out the stinger, and go about drying off, gathering tools from working on the boat. A couple minutes later the sting is hurting worse, Yup the stinger was still in. So I recieved a full dose of angry honeybee venom. By bedtime I had the look of a Klingon. I dosed up with benadryl, and slept with an Ice pack on my face. Friday morning I arise to not being able to open my eyes, mouth, nose, head the whole thing swollen. I vaguely resembled a sharpei.

Off to the Dr. She gives me oral steroids. I'm not sure at this point which was worse, the sting, or the cure to my response to the sting. I have snapped at my H, my kids, random people in traffic, and understand how 'Roid rage occurs. Doing a rapid wean off the roids, and hoping that I will be back to me by tomorrow.

My kids and spouse took great pleasure in laughing at me all weekend.

There is no real point to this story other than I wanted to share it. I hope I brought a smile to your day.

FaithFool posted 7/2/2013 10:47 AM


unfound posted 7/2/2013 10:59 AM

good gravy ! although the thought of a mash faced sharpei puppy does make me smile ..

how painful! I was stung on the foot a few years ago and it felt like I was caught in a bear trap for a few days.

ninebark posted 7/2/2013 11:17 AM

ow. I am allergic so I am sure I would have been in much worse shape! Sorry you had to go through this.

tesla posted 7/2/2013 11:22 AM

Oh man, that's a bummer. I'm surprised that you aren't immune to bee venom at this point.

My grandfather was a commercial beekeeper for 60 years and I remember when he would take me out to the beeyards: he would get me all decked out in the bee suit but all he would put on was the hat with the net around his face.

tushnurse posted 7/2/2013 11:58 AM

No I am not immune at this point, and tend to have a rather ugly reaction when I am stung. My H is immune, his stings rarely look more than a mosquito bite.
I have always had a more than localized reaction, but never anaphlyactic, but do keep epipens around. It really was more of a major annoyance after the initial pain. I was afraid to go out in public because I might scare someone.

Tesla I usually just wear my veil, and gloves when I work with them unless we are doing some really aggressive work. Then I wear the whole jacket. I rarely get stung, so I was quite insulted that this particular bee felt the need to attack me, out of all the people around, and I hadn't done anything to bother her.
Oh well at least I look normal now. Now to get those steroids out of my system......It's not cool to be the voice of reason and cheer to my patients and feel like this all day.

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