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Bee Story

Posted Friday, February 20, 2009, at 5:13 PM

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Ok I am getting Spring Fever and wanting to garden.

I am allergic to bees, wasps and other small flying assault bugs.

I can just imagine them watching for me to dive bomb me when i get ready to garden.

One day, for some reason I cannot fathom, I volunteered to pull weeds at the church flowerbeds.

Everything was going pretty smooth, until i got to a large patch by the churchs front door.

I pulled and the Hordes of Hell came out of the patch of grass. It was a yellowjacket nest.

Them suckers are mean and don't give up. You never saw a fat gal run so fast...

I ran into the front doors of the church, and of course some of those devils followed me stinging.

I got my anaphylaxis kit out of my purse while trying to swat those kamakazi bugs, and the dratted thing discharged through my thumb.. so now i have:

Mad Bugs still after me,

A useless anaphylaxis shot through the thumb,

a very surprised church sectretary,

and a bloody carpet from which my thumb was pouring beacuse the needle was stuck through it.

So i did what any one would do, I screetched like a little girl and wanted to (did not) say a few choice words about Yellowjackets and their uselessness in God's Design.

I wrapped my hand up, killed the remaining yellow jackets (with glee)that were still trying to kill me and had the secretary call the ENT specialist for a emergancy epinephrine shot.

And a new thumb.


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A little tip I learned when working near colonies of Italian Honey Bees. You are much more likely to get stung by them if you show fear. I'm not allergic to them but I found if one didn't like my presence my best bet for not getting stung was to very calmly retreat . Believe me, that is not easy when those little Kamakazi pilots have you in their sights but with practice it is possible.

-- Posted by Brown Biscuit on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 9:01 PM

Being an avid gardener, I would HATE to have that allergy. Regrettably one of my brothers also loves to garden but does have the same reaction. He too has to carry around the epinephrine shot.

Luckily my wife does not go into anaphylactic shock, but she swells nicely. She is also a magnet for biting bugs. I can be outside for hours and get a bite or two, she is out for minutes and whammy!

I think it has to do with creams and perfumes, but she thinks I must just smell bad to them. Guess I'll take whatever I can.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 10:43 AM

That's so scary. I'm actually petrified of bees other stinging bugs, not really petrified, but I've never been stung, so I actually have no idea if I'm allergic or not. That says more to my staying indoors in the summer and reading, rather than my fear of bugs.

-- Posted by cfrich on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 11:30 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.