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Discussion: My sympathies

in: Tom O; Tom O > 2020-09-04

Sep 5, 2020 12:50 AM # 
I've been stung twice in the past week and a half by yellow jackets (and we successfully fended off a persistent one today too)...guess this is the time for them.

I cannot imagine that many stings, but I know Sandy F can as she was stung in CA last year.

Hope you're feeling better soon and with no lasting effects.
Sep 5, 2020 12:58 AM # 
Tom O:
Thanks Janet. I'm sure I'll be back to normal in a couple days. But I need to come up with a plan to destroy the nest since I will probably be doing their lawn for a while.
Sep 5, 2020 1:44 AM # 
Ouch! Not fun and as Janet says I dealt with something similar last year so can really empathize. I found Tecnu Calagel and Benadryl helped tremendously.
Sep 5, 2020 1:55 AM # 
Tom O:
I have never taken either if those. May have to try them tomorrow if things are still bad. Doubt I will get much sleep tonight.
Sep 5, 2020 2:00 AM # 
The first is a a topical ointment that helps with the itchiness. The second is a medication that dampens the allergic reaction. Good luck.
Sep 5, 2020 3:51 PM # 
I am so sorry to hear this. My whole face was stolen after a dying to my cheek. Not fun.
Sep 6, 2020 3:44 PM # 
My sympathies too. The *exact* same thing happened to me, two years ago--and I do mean *exactly* as you described your incident: mowing, stinging, running, more stinging, yelling, yet more stinging. Although I don't think I got stung quite as many times as you did.

There was one other time, 33 years ago, when I got a bunch of yellow jacket stings (there have been a number of times over the years when I've gotten stung just once or twice). I bring it up because it involved orienteering. In September 1987, I was vetting for the U.S. O Champs at George Washington Management Area in the northwest corner of Rhode Island. At one point, I stopped for a minute to do something, don't remember what (pee? get out a drink or snack?) and purposely just dropped my map on the ground while I did whatever it was. A minute later, I bent down to pick up the map, and immediately got half a dozen stings on that arm (and went off running and screaming, but managed to hang on to the map). The arm started to swell up, so the course setter, a guy named John Rogers that you possibly met back in the day, took me to the local emergency room. They looked at the swelling, said "get that wedding ring off if you can, otherwise we're cutting it off" (I was able to get it off with great difficulty, took like 15 minutes), and they gave me a heavy dose (a shot not a pill) of Benadryl. John took me back to my car but I was not fit to drive with all that Benadryl in me, so I napped in the parking lot. I was out cold for something like four or five hours, at which point I was finally able to drive home. Luckily, I have not had the severe swelling with any of my subsequent stings, including the mowing incident.

This is the time of year for yellow jackets--August, September, October--when they are stockpiling food for the winter, in their nests which are always in the ground. If you don't manage to deal with that nest this fall, it won't be there next year--our pest control guy says they move to a new nesting spot every year.
Sep 6, 2020 7:15 PM # 
Tom O:
Steve your Rhode Island experience sounds worse than mine. I have never had a severe reaction to bee stings but I guess that's no guarantee it won't happen in the future. I've had numerous stings during O events. I can recall a course at Goulds Run in the Poconos where a control was hung either directly on or very close to a ground nest and everyone was getting stung.

The pain from my stings is almost gone. Just some itchiness and residual swelling. Hopefully none of the bites get infected. I had that happen from a bee sting one time and had to go on antibiotics. I found a nest eradication strategy on You-Tube which uses mesh screen, dishwashing detergent and a garden hose. It looks pretty straight forward. I asked my neighbors if I can give it a try but haven't heard back from them yet.
Sep 6, 2020 8:39 PM # 
Ugh, Tom! Glad it's getting better, but how awful! An unfortunate example of "no good deed goes unpunished!"

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