Bee Girl Explained
You might have noticed that my avatar for commenting is a runner being pursued by bees. That stems from an incident in 2009 when I was attacked by a swarm of pissed-off bees while out running and I’m not really sure why. Anyway 50 or so stings was enough venom to put me into anaphylactic shock. I had to go to the hospital and I was brought back from death by two hits of epi in the ambulance. Before that, a bee or wasp sting had been no big deal. It would sting and itch a bit and then get better. The doc at the hospital recommended I carry epipens with me everywhere in case I was super sensitive stemming from that incident. So I had epipens in my kit in when I was stung by an exotic Amazonian jungle wasp, but there was no big deal from that, just the normal localized swelling and itching. But the true test is being re-exposed to exactly the same substance, so you guessed it I had a new encounter with my friend apis mellifera. The good news is it didn’t put me into anaphylactic shock but the bad news is that I am much more sensitive to bee venom than previously. My foot swelled up to the size of a football and for about a whole day after I didn’t feel too good. The moral of this tale is Respect the bee!