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. 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.