Friday, July 8, 2011


       This afternoon I decided to spray Sevin on the Japanese beetles that are beginning to appear on my roses.  While I was near the house I noticed the climbing hydrangea was growing too close to the bedroom window, so I thought I might as well pull it away while I was there.  I had to lean in close to the window to get ahold of the hydrangea and as I pulled, something noisily flew out.  I at first thought it was a Japanese beetle, but it flew right into the end of my nose, stinging me as it flew on.  I assume it was a wasp because we always have lots of them building nests where ever they can, but it all happened so quickly and so unexpectedly that I didn't really see the culprit.
     Talk about pain!!  The place where it stung me hurt so bad and then the pain spread to my lips, my cheeks, under my eyes, my mouth, and even my teeth!   My whole face was aflame with pain but I couldn't do anything to stop it.  It was so intense that it brought tears to my eyes.  There was no way to get away from it.  I came in the house and splashed it with cold water which seemed to intensify the pain as the pressure of the water touched the area.  I then went to the Internet to see what I should do.  I tried all the suggestions I could find--a paste of baking soda, apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball, an ice pack, ibuprofin--but it seems that time passing is the only remedy that seems to work.  What a relief when after a half hour or so (it seemed like several hours!) the intensity of the pain subsided!
     I am now feeling much better, although touching the area is still quite painful, but at least I'm not feeling throbbing and shooting pain.  That is an experience I hope I never have to repeat!  I've always been pretty friendly with bees and wasps, giving them space but thinking they won't bother me if I don't bother them.  I guess I bothered one!  Problem is I didn't mean to, so I guess it could happen again.  I think I will be much more cautious, at least till the memory of this experience wears off.
     What concerned me through all the pain is that I have a wedding to go to tomorrow.  I kept imagining how I was going to look with a huge, red, swollen nose.  Right now only the end of it is red, so I am hoping it won't look any worse than it does now.  I guess if it does I will end up being a topic of conversation and an example of why you want to be very careful around stinging insects!

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