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Well, it seems I am a little allergic to wasp-stings, after all. The lip is just a little less swollen today as it was yesterday, which was worse than the day I got stung; I think holding a 3-hour lecture class last night did me no favors. That was fun. Picture not being able to feel one side of your mouth very well, and that side is thicker than usual. Yes, my friends, I was sort of drooling during class. Go ahead, laugh. In fact, I was so sore and swollen after class last night that brushing my teeth caused my lip to slip open :-(

Took two Benedryl last night before bed, which caused me to sleep 10 HOURS. Unfortunately, it barely seems to have helped reduce the swelling. Took a trio of ibuprofen this morning, and am drinking a beverage full of ice today. These things help a little, I think.

By the way, on a tip I looked up "yellow jacket," and it appears that's what assaulted me, not a bee. Yellow jackets are WASPS. Thus BASTARDS. They do not pollinate plants like our little friends the bees. Folks out at the KC Renaissance Festival call all the little stabbers out there "sweat bees," but they certainly are not. Sweat bees are a very different critter, and also not evil like the wasps. I'm pleased to feel friendly toward bees once again.

I should point out that, as a teen camping in northern Minnesota, I was once stung about 200 times by an entire hive of yellow jackets. They clung to the backs of my legs as I sprinted away down a hillside, stabbing and stabbing. That night, I enjoyed a great deal of hallucination and could not sleep for seeing a red-eyed, crysknife-toothed monster about the size of a raccoon in the corner of my tent. That was something else.

On a positive note, here's something that everyone in the area ought to visit: "Science on Tap," hosted by the KU Natural History Museum. Tonight's event is called, "Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Expanding Universe," a talk by Professor Bharat Ratra of Kansas State University, from 7:30pm - 9:00pm at the Free State Brewery in downtown Lawrence.

EDIT: More info about "Science on Tap":

It meets in what used to be called the beer garden - the back room of Free State Brewery. For really full talks, they have held as many as 100 people back there (some opted to stand). I understand that the waitstaff is very patient about this.

They recommend big groups arrive by 7pm and maybe call ahead to request a large table. That room has two of those big 12-seat tables.

Hope to see you there!


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Oct. 16th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
When I was about 9 years old, I stepped into a nest of what I think were yellow-jackets in the wooded area behind our house in Germany. Sure, I destroyed their home, so stinging me was probably the Thing to Do, but did they really have to get into my underpants? BASTARDS. I was *covered* in stings and remember being miserable for days.

I hope your lip heals up soon!
Oct. 16th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yowza! That takes "ants in the pants" to a whole new level!

Ants, bees, and wasp-things are related.
Oct. 16th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
That story has not done any good things for my wasp phobia. Holy crap.

We've got cicada wasps on campus. Hordes of them. Pest control won't touch them, since they don't sting people. Allegedly. I still don't trust the bastards.
Oct. 16th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Sorry! Wasps, when bumped into or put into one's mouth, will sting, even if they're supposedly non-violent. Just ask me.
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Oct. 16th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
I have managed
but only by accident, to never get one in my mouth the whole of the 25+ years I've worked out at Fest. Granted, I drink Diet Pepsi, but it does register in their minds as sweet when they are desperate. (they got the freeze notice, they are desperate to stock up to try and weather over the winter.) I have been touched, then fished the little bastard out of my drink, but never stung.

That said, they have straight stingers and can repeatedly jab and envenomate you. The bigger hornets can also bite -- they are meat/carrion feeders and have meat-shearing jaws. Which just adds insult to injury.

Be careful to avoid subsequent stings, if you react now, the reaction may escalate next time, this kind of allergy often does that. Best wishes on it going down as quickly as possible.
Oct. 16th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I have managed
Thanks for the info. I was drinking mead at the time, and I'm sure it intoxicated the dumb, evil thing. I do try to be careful around jabby-folk, which now includes examining my mug before taking a drink....
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Oct. 16th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
I stepped on a yellow-jacket nest when I was around 4 years old. Got covered in stings, including beneath my underwear... I've been phobic of bees and wasps ever since.
Sorry to hear you had such a nasty close encounter!
Oct. 16th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yowza! That's un-fun.
Oct. 16th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I am a little allergic to wasp-stings, after all

It sounds like you are just having a localized reaction to the toxin rather than an allergic reaction. Are you getting a rash/hives in other places? Does your throat or other non-stung parts of your face feel swollen? If so, that is an allergic reaction. Otherwise, probably not, and unless it is itching, the Benedryl won't do much to help.

I have reactions to the toxins which cause me to get hot, dizzy and nauseated as well. Thus, I stay The Hell Away from wasps. I definitely don't try to swallow them ;)

Oct. 16th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
That's good to know. Only felt light-headed during class yesterday, but that could have simply been the pain.
Oct. 16th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Jumping on the personal story bandwagon. I was 8-10 yrs old, feeding rabbits, stuck my head into the hutch and was attacked by yellow jackets. 27 stings to the head, neck and shoulders. You know how in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" they use Windex to cure everything? On our farm my Dad believed in the healing powers of gasoline. For everything from an ingrown toenail to --you guessed it-- stings. He tied his handkerchief tightly over my eyes, told me to hold my nose/breath and opened the elevated gas tank (the one we used to fill tractors) over my head. It took the sting out and thankfully no one in my family was a smoker... wow. What a memory.

I'm hopeful you mend quickly and I definitely don't recommend gargling with gasoline as a cure.
Oct. 16th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Gasoline = health balm?

I don't even.
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Oct. 16th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yellow jackets are evil little fuckers. And if you have a nest of them, there's really not anything you can do except wait for it to freeze and kill 'em all off. Hope your face feels better soon.
Oct. 16th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Kinda really looking forward to this year's freeze season.
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Oct. 17th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)

Yikes! I once had an infestation of yellow jackets in a compost heap, and by mistake I disturbed it. They attacked and I fled as fast as I could run for a block or more, and they still got in about three stings on me.

I forget where I got my stings, but it wasn't anywhere nearly as sensitive as a lip. That sounds pretty awful. Good luck.

Oct. 17th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
They seem to be universally people's not-best-friends.
Oct. 17th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
So hideous!
I've only been stung by a bee when I was 7, ouchy but not awful, and leads me to believe the whole "no worse than a bee sting" explanation.
However, I did get stung by a Bumblebee about fifteen years ago, and it hurt like a bitch, swelled up and got infected. I'm so glad I've never been stung by a wasp or hornet.
JBird got stung by a bee in his beer at KCRF a few years ago and it went down in a couple hours, so I'm so sorry to hear of your horrid nasty black/yellow insect sting. STilll horrid.
Oct. 17th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Did he try to drink it, too? Stung IN THE MOUTH?
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Oct. 17th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
omg, that is SO not a bee.
poor you!!!
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Doing better today.
Oct. 17th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a few days of prednisone would be helpful. Might wanna discuss with your friendly neighborhood medical provider.
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
If it's not lots better by this evening, I think I'll see if I can get an appt. tomorrow.
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