Monday, July 12, 2010

I've Been Beed

I have been helping my Mother-in-law with her garden. It is a little backyard Brooklyn thing, about 20 x 20 feet. Most of it is self sustaining. Things get planted and they grow. Most of it is nice. The names of things are a mystery to me. They are just plants to me.

But the big problem is the weeds growing out of the neighbors backyard. The neighbor has a garage in their backyard and behind the garage there is a 15 inch gap separating it from her property (and her tall wooden fence). The neighbor can not see this gap and really does not have access to it.

So I have to climb over the fence and prune and poison these giant weeds. 

I was almost done pruning and poisoning when I swooshed a bee away from my face.  Then I thought the rose bush came up and attacked me. But it was not.

A gazillion bees were all around me and they all seamed to be biting my legs.  (Thanks for the photo Healthline.com..)  I never knew if I was allergic or not because I never knew if I was bit by a bee before.

I just gotta say, bees are really good at making you go away when they want to.

Now I know two things.  First, I was never bit by a bee before, because the HEART A LOT, a lot more than a mosquito.  Second, I am not allergic, because if I was I would not be typing now.  But, I spent the next few hours waiting to go into some kind of shock.

So an hour later we even went out to lunch.  I suddenly felt some felt something sticking me under my sock.  Both my kids watched as a bee flew out of my sock in the diner.


8 comments:

  1. Oh, are you lucky! Once I was stung by 12 bees as a teen and everywhere my skin was swelling up! Can't remember what med. I got, but I still remember this after more than several decades!!

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  2. I was vaguely thinking that I would like to keep bees on my veggie plot but I really don't think so now, wouldn't mind the honey though.

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  3. Stung, city boy! It's the hind end that does the damage, not the mouth.

    Seriously, I'm sorry that happened to you. As a graduate of the yellow jacket wasp (check and see if it wasn't these little nasties that stung you, rather than a bee) school of insects with stingers, I know all too well how much they hurt.

    Cold compresses will help relieve any pain or itching you may get as the stings heal.

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  4. Most times an allergy dose not happen until the second occurrence. The second time you eat a food or get a bee bite.
    Dad

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  5. Thanks people, 20 hours later and I am just itchy.

    and thanks Dad, another reason to live in fear.

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  6. I thougt the article was really interesting. Esspecially since I was stung pulling weeds recently as well. you were really lucky you aren't allergic.

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