The Wasps Finally Got To Me


Oh maaaaaaaaaaaaaan…STUNG by a wasp! Goshdarnitall! I have been hounded by wasps wherever I’ve traveled this year and this was the first (and hopefully ONLY) time I’ve actually gotten stung! Ugh! Why me? “T”, “L”, and “K”, all escaped this singular experience. Thank goodness.

Anyway, have you noticed it, too? It would be one reason it will be nice when winter comes along and freezes those wasps’ bums off. I’m serious though. We have taken several trips to Gilroy Gardens, avoiding the outdoor patio for lunch because the wasps were there in force. Then in Norway, our relatives and friends also complained of the rather irritating presence of aggressive wasps wherever they went. Then, at Squaw Village the other day, we ate lunch at Coyote Grill. It was rather cool, so we ate inside. As we left the restaurant, we noticed a sign that said, “Patio Closed Due To Aggressive Bees.” And yesterday, on our bikeride to the Flume Trail, wasps swarmed around us whenever we stayed in one spot longer than a few minutes. One almost stung me then but I quickly slapped it away.

Then there was last Sunday. We had just sat down on a log under a tree to get a bite to eat after our hike when OUCH! That hurt! I jumped up. I almost couldn’t believe it. I was stung! Oh maaaaannnnnnn… That was worse than a shot. Worse because it started to throb. Ugh! And we still had a long walk down from the peak.

I wasn’t too worried…even though I had a rather serious reaction when I was a child and had to carry a shot kit with me wherever we went, especially camping, which we did rather often. Mom said that I developed a rash all over my body and required a trip to the emergency room. Hence, the shot kit.

Then years later as an adult, I had a physical. I asked the doctor about a shot kit and he said that I didn’t really need one. Many children grow out of this “allergy” as adults and reactions aren’t so severe.

So, I consulted my virtual medical consultant – the ‘net – and found several entries on bees, wasps, stings and treatment. Turns out I would classify my particular reaction as “large local reaction” meaning the area around the sting would swell up and throb, probably for several days. Perhaps up to a week. It’s day 2, the throbbing has lessened and will get better with time. At this point, all I can say is better me than our girls.

An original It’s Never Easy But It’s Always Fun blog post. MommyTwinGirls can also be found at Solheim Photography posting favorites from her latest photo shoots, recounting the joys and challenges of raising twins on Mad About Multiples and contributing stories of her foibles and triumphs in mommyhood at Silicon Valley Moms Blog.


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