Saturday, June 06, 2009

Ouch Update

So: this will be short since I can't type much. Thanks for all your kind words. I will reply...once my fingers start working again. The hand is slowly getting smaller, still itches like crazy though. Two trips to the doc; who knew that I'd get an infection from a bee butt? If I was going to sting someone and consequently die from that action; I guess I'd want to sting-ee to get a nasty infection too. The meds are making me sleepy, despite the fact that I've already slept 3/4 of the day. Chris has been a god send; I've been pampered like crazy. Going to be wearing gloves when working with the bees for a while.
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  1. poor girl! your hand looks like plastic, I hope it all heals up soon. Yes, by all means wear gloves! I always did when beekeeping at PSC. Kristina of course would where the bee jacket, now helmet, no gloves and have holes in her pants!

  2. Anonymous10:54 PM

    So to add insult to injury, the sting area somehow got infected? Did your Doc say whether you might have gotten that prolonged of a swelling without an infection?

  3. Bless your heart! Feel better soon!!!

  4. Daniel,
    Good questions; I was wondering the same things myself. Unfortuantely, I don't have very good answers. My doctor said it was fairly common for bee stings to get infected. I think her comment was: "Bees have dirtier butts than we think". As for the swelling, I'm not sure how much it would have swelled if it wasn't infected. I got a really good dose of venom from the stinger as I made the ultimate newbie mistake: I pinched the stinger out directly instead of doing a side swipe with my nails or a credit card. By grabbing the stinger and pulling, I pumped more vemon into my skin. So, what's not clear is how much of the swelling was due to the allergic reaction, the amount of venom, or to the infection.