Sunday, July 15, 2007


Well Bee-Boy seems to be my new nickname for the year.  For some reason, with Bees in trouble due to colony collapse disorder, I have still been strung more times this year than ever before. Three bees and one wasp so far this year. The bee stings all occurred while riding my bike. For some reason bees get a bit irritable when hit by a rider at 20 mph. In my 18 years of heavy riding, three stings is the most in any one season.

Being allergic to bees, make this a fairly serious proposition. The first bee sting of the year, I had no reaction.  The second brought on some fairly severe symptoms, but ones that could be treated with Benedryl and Advil.   The wasp bite was no big deal.  The last bee sting however, required the epinephrine injection and a trip to the emergency room. I hope that is it for the year!

I have noticed over my years of being allergic, that I rarely respond to the first sting of the year.  Subsequent stings are always a problem. I will have to do some more research on this.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your emergency room visit. I'm starting to develop bee allergies, which is quite new to me. It usually swells quite a bit around the bite area for few days, and itches. So, please share what you find out in regards to bee allergies and how bodies react to them.