Thursday, April 05, 2007



I had made it this far, and I would have been happy making it through the rest of my life never finding out just how badly a bee sting hurts . . .

While I was watching 30 Rock tonight, Hanna was on her belly trying to get something under the couch. I figured it was a bone, so I got down and swept my hand under the couch to find it . . . not a bone, but somehow a bee had made it's way under the couch, and was not happy to find my hand brushing over it. The result? An angry insect, and me with a stinger stuck in the middle finger of my left hand. The good news is that I don't seem to be allergic. The bad news is that it hurt way worse than I ever imagined . . .

So I Googled "how to treat a bee sting" and had a momentary panic attack wondering if my throat would swell shut or my respiratory system would shut down (am I feeling lightheaded? am I having trouble breathing? ummm, no, not really).

I am officially adding death by bee stings to ways I hope not to die.

15 Comments:

Blogger GetFlix said...

Yeah, it can really hurt. But the worst is a wasp sting. They'll swarm you and keep stinging. I got three or four once while on my roof and it was horrible.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Evil Pru said...

Ugh. I've been stung by bees, wasps, and jellyfish. They all hurt like a mother tho of the three I'd say the jellyfish sting was definately the worst.

9:49 AM  
Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

Ouch! Sorry to hear about that. Good thinking on Googling for a remedy.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

HOLY crap!!! I am extremely allergic to bee stings. When ever I see a bee I run away like a girl. I would rather look like a girl than have the possibility of dying!

10:16 AM  
Blogger sage said...

Diane, you are in your 40s and this is your first bee sting? WOW!

My first came, not from my great-granddaddies bees, but from bumble bees that I was collecting in a jar (I was about 8, and would step on a bee as it was feeding off clover, then throw it in a jar before it recovered. One recovered faster than I'd planned. Since then, I'm been strung numerous times--I was probably stung 10 times on the Appalachian Trail (that's only one sting per 200 miles). So far, I'm not allergic.

Oh yeah, if your middle finger swells up, you might consider the use it could be in expressing a certain emotion to those you dislike!

10:28 AM  
Blogger LA said...

Oh man! I'm sorry to hear about this. Weren't you just saying you'd never been stung?

11:22 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

flix - ouch! that sounds truly terrible!

pru - knock on wood, I had avoided all 3 until last night

dan - it was pretty helpful, I gotta say

ryan - I think you have made the right choice!

sage - I woke up with it swelled up . . . and since it hurts to bend it, I'm pretty much giving everyone the finger - unintentionally

la - did I? Damn, I jinxed myself!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

I almost don't want to say anything. I've never been stung by a bee. Sounds painful.

1:00 PM  
Blogger ffleur said...

As a child I was stung but I'm not sure if it was a wasp or a bee. My father gave me this remedy and it worked.

Put hot water (as hot as you can stand) in a bowl and add salt. Immerse the hand/finger.

It will draw out the poisen/goo and the finger will recover.

It worked for me.

8:00 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

I've been stung my share of times as a kid out on the soccer field and such. I remember it hurting, but I'd always go on about my business.

A few years ago, I was in a hockey locker room with those black, rubber floors (for your skates), and I stepped on what I thought was a piece of glass. When I looked at the bottom of my foot, I saw a dead bee sticking out of it. OMG - that hurt like a mother. I was worried I had grown allergic and was going to die in a sweaty locker room. My foot was swollen and painful for a week!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

joe - yeah, don't jinx yourself

ffleur - thanks! I'll give it a try

edit - some things must get worse with age. my hand is swollen so that I can't make a fist or grip things - I've had to cancel a golf game and a golf lesson the last couple of days, and it sounds like this can last a week . . .

7:23 AM  
Blogger v said...

Damn. Sorry to hear about your sting Diane. Hope the swelling is down and things are getting better. I say we meet with the bees and tell 'em not to sting Californians

On the bright side, was 30 Rock not the most hilarious episode ever? And The Office was hella funny as well.

PS - I hope Hanna appreciates the sacrifice you made!

8:43 AM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

Oh, bee stings hurt like nobody's business! My worst bee sting ever: I was walking downtown Toronto in the summer in a tank top. I was walking, minding my own business, and some asshole bee STUNG ME ON MY BOOB. It wasn't a good day.

Hope your finger feels better soon. And happy Easter!

6:26 PM  
Blogger amandasblognews44 said...

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