I mentioned awhile back that we were supposed to have foundation work done. Originally, they were to begin the work on June 29. That got postponed until July 20th…yesterday (and was postponed again…more later). In preparation, we had to move the beehives that I have at the house as they were very near where the work needed to be done. Emily valiantly attempted to help me move the bees but took two stings to her ankle early on in the move. For several reason (including footwear…I need to wear shoes when I mess with my bees!) I took around 30 stings. I have been stung so many times over the years that those stings don’t really bother me (though I typically prefer to minimize my exposure…when I am using my brain). Emily, on the other hand, has been stung much less frequently. As much as stings don’t affect me, they do affect Emily. Her ankle swelled to double it’s original size and hurt/itched.
I hear lots of people say they are allergic to bees. A reaction similar to Emily’s is not really an allergic reaction..at least not how most people intend it. Most people will react like Emily did. Her reaction was localized and not life threatening (though she may beg to differ). The allergic reaction that is of concern is one that causes an anaphylactic response. An anaphylactic reaction is a widespread and severe and may lead to death in a short time if untreated. Very few people actually will show an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings. Of course, I am not a doctor…I only played doctor as a teen so don’t take my word for these things.
So, while bee stings may be unpleasant, most times they are bearable. She’s still suffering some, but fear not, she is not suffering in silence. I can’t say as I blame her though. She’s a tough one so it must really hurt. I suppose she’ll pay me back for that someday. Still, I appreciate her help and willingness to dig in!