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When I was about 11 my dad was stung by a Bald Face Hornet. It was a Saturday. He was mowing the lawn. Suddenly the mower engine stopped and my dad came rushing in the house. He showed my mom and me a large, red welt on his leg. The welt was getting larger and larger before our eyes.
My mom told him that she didn’t like the look of the sting and thought they should go to the doctors. My dad, never liking to fuss, argued a bit, but as the redness grew, he finally agreed, but said he wanted to take a shower first.
By the time he got out of the shower, his entire leg was swollen and red.
We rushed to the car and headed to the doctors. While in the car, you could visibly see the reaction moving through his body. My mom was running red lights and speeding through our small town. Looking back, we now see that we should have called 911, but when you’re in that kind of situation you don’t always think clearly.
When we got to the doctors, the reaction had reached his neck and he was having a hard time breathing. I remember the nurses bringing a stretcher to the car and wheeling my dad in. He looked as though his body had been dipped in boiling water.
There were doctors and nurses everywhere around my dad. They seemed to be injecting him with needles as fast as they could fill them. I saw someone wheel in a small cart with two paddles. I later learned that it was a defibrillator used to start someone’s heart after it has stopped beating.
A tube went down my dad’s throat and nurses and doctors were shouting orders and medication names.
I remember standing with my mom watching all of this go on. She was crying and wringing her hands, but I just stood there, too surprised to know what to feel.
Suddenly I heard one of the doctors say “He’s coming out of it.”
And slowly, like magic, the redness started to subside.
Once he was ok, I started to cry and shake. It was as if the release of all the stress came pouring out. I remember the reaction leaving his system was remarkably fast.
My dad had suffered a life threatening allergic reaction to an insect sting. It was a day I’ll never forget. It was a reminder of how tender life really is, that a tiny insect could cause so much damage.
After his reaction, he had to have allergy shots for over a year and couldn’t eat honey. Even though the insect was a hornet, his reaction was so bad, the doctors told him that he shouldn’t take any chances with any type of stinging insect. We were given an epinephrine pen and told that if he ever gets stung, to call 911 and administer the epi pen immediately.
This happened when I was 11. After that, I had a pretty big fear of bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets…pretty much anything capable of stinging. So when my husband Zach said he’d like to get into beekeeping I had more than my fair share of reserves, even though it was 20-some years later.
We did a lot of discussing, a lot of research and I told him that he could keep bees but I didn’t want anything to do with them. I would help process the honey and things like that, but he was going to be wearing the bee suit and working with the bees.
When the day came to go pick up our box of bees my anxiety levels were at an all-time high. We pulled up to the loading dock at Dadant and there were bees everywhere! Boxes upon boxes! There were also loose bees circling and swirling, buzzing the area.
Facing your fears was an understatement.
I tried to keep my cool around the Dadant workers. But inside I was pretty jumpy. My eyes were everywhere.
On the ride home, I was in a bit of a panic. There was a box of 10,000 bees in the back seat! 10,000! I freak out if a single bee flies in my window while I’m driving, and here we are volunteering to transport 10,000 bees with nothing but a bit of mesh protection. Did I mention there was 10,000?
After a while the soft humming in the backseat seemed less threatening. We had our friend Stacey with us and she was a constant assurance that the bees were doing interesting things, not planning an attack.
When we got home and carried out that first package installation, I was pretty light on my toes…let me tell you!
At one point a bee landed on me and I freaked.
“Ah! It’s on me.”
Stacey in her calm, sweet, yoga voice said “Yes, but it’s not going to sting you.”
And she was right. It just sat on my arm, beating its wings and eventually flew away leaving me unscathed.
After a while of working with the bees (from a distance) and seeing them in the yard pollinating and carrying out their business, I soon realized that the bees were quite docile.
Curiosity over came fear and I learned to love the bees. I always smile when I see one of our bees foraging around the yard. I help Zach with the hives and actually find that I prefer less bee suiting than more. The suit, for me, gets in the way and I can’t see what’s going on around me.
If I can recommend something to all of you reading this, is that if you are planning on getting bees, it might not be a bad idea to talk to you doctor about possible allergies. Get an allergy test and talk about procedure if you are stung. Reactions like my dad suffered are rare, but they do happen. It’s always better to error on the side of caution.
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I’m so happy to be able to add a tube of Stops the Sting to our bee keeping supplies. I plan on taking the tube with me each time we inspect our hives, or pick up a package of bees. It’s super convenient to slip into your pocket just in case.
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Here’s what one user had to say about the product.
“I was trimming a holly bush in my yard in Venice, FL, when I felt a burning sensation on my arm. When I rolled up my sleeve, I found an ant biting me. I remember getting Stops the Sting which I had heard so much about. Not believing it would do everything I was told, I put a small amount on my arm. To my amazement, the pain stopped instantly.
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To enter, leave a comment below telling us how many times you’ve been stung, or a few words about your experience with bee stings. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on the Keeping Back Yard Bees Facebook Page on March 4th, 2016.