The last stitch hurt like a polysyllabic swear word and the swelling was more than I remembered from my last stitch.
A week later, a bee caught me mowing on the back of the upper arm. This time it hurt like two polysyllabic swear words were strung together and my arm swelled from four inches above my elbow to ten inches below.
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Although I kind of liked having a huge Hulk arm when I looked in the mirror, it was a bit alarming.
Dr. Google told me this was a later allergic reaction to bee venom.
“If you got stung by a bee and didn’t react, there is still an opportunity to act in the future,” said David Golden, MD, of Johns Hopkins University in an ABC News article. “You can be stung many times in your life without reacting and one day becoming allergic to it. If you actually have an allergic reaction to a sting, there is a very high probability that you will react again. “
And of course I was stabbed again. Twice. Once on the back of my right leg and once on my left hand, about an inch from my thumb. The hand swelled like a balloon.
I sought immediate emergency medical help from someone with a degree in public administration. It was the best I could do then. I’ve taken the lead.
“We have to try one of the old home remedies,” I said to my significant other. “Run down to the store, get a pack of beechnut chewing tobacco, put a large chewing tobacco in your mouth and wet it, then rub this tobacco on that sting.”