Boobed with the bees

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2009, 12:01 »
hope you don't get stung somewhere sensative Ruffle, i might not be able to cope with the pics of it all swollen 8) mind you i bet your wife would get a suprise :lol:

rather depends what she's used too! :ohmy: :lol:

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2009, 20:32 »
No sign of verroa though  :) :) :) :) :)

Sorry to hear of your injury!

When you say there is no sign, may I ask what method you are using to assess them?


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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2009, 06:46 »
Hi there Beesontoast

looking for the varroa mites visually, checking lavae and checking the varroa screen at the bottom of the hive.  What method do you use?

Thanks for the sympathy, not a serious sting by any means but a warning to freckled beekeepers!!!! I have to go to the pharmacy today, the gaffer & I were laughing at how clever the bee was to sting me right in the middle of a freckle, with the benifit of hindsight and the swelling I now realise that in fact the 'freckle' is in fact the barb which is still in there and it won't come out even with use of a needle like you do for splinters.  Lacking in other ideas and being a bit tender I hope the pharmacist can help. ::) ::)  Blonde or what ::)
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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2009, 07:11 »
>hope you don't get stung somewhere sensative Ruffle, i might not be able to cope with the pics of it all swollen  mind you i bet your wife would get a suprise

As Billy Connolly said in his sketch on the Tunnel Web Spider which had just bitten his man-parts,
'Doctor, can you take away the pain but leave the swelling'

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2009, 07:14 »
Scrape out the "sting" with your finger nail.

The longer the sting is in (after the initial sting) the more venom it pumps into you.
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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2009, 07:18 »
Scrape out the "sting" with your finger nail.

The longer the sting is in (after the initial sting) the more venom it pumps into you.

Can't scrape it out with a finger nail - too squidgy to do that & we only realised it wasn't a freckle this morning so, trying to use the 'side' of the needle to tease it out. As I found most of the sting on my T shirt I thought it was out and where I had been stung looked exactly like a freckle so only the benefit of hindsight has given me 20/20 vision. :(

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2009, 11:05 »
Just to let everyone know you can become allergic to bee stings.  Your body can change.  May I suggest that if you are considering keeping bees in a remote location i.e. Allotment the ask your doctor for a prescription for a EpiPen pen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi-pen

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2009, 12:07 »
Just to let everyone know you can become allergic to bee stings.  Your body can change.  May I suggest that if you are considering keeping bees in a remote location i.e. Allotment the ask your doctor for a prescription for a EpiPen pen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi-pen

You won't get a prescription 'just in case' - only after you have shown allergic symptoms. The medics reckon that they can get to anyone on this country in time to treat them - although I wouldn't want to put that to the test if I lived on a Scottish island.

I once had to call out the Air Ambulance to a beekeeper who had collapsed in the middle of Dartmoor after being stung. He had been keeping bees for 25 years and suddenly became anaphylactic with no warning.

The best thing to carry with you is Benadryl - only a couple of pounds from the chemist - and that will alleviate the symptoms long enough to get you to hospital - if necessary.

A good precaution is to always have someone else with you when you check your hives, and carry a mobile phone.

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2009, 18:37 »
Well I am sorry but I have one and I know of two others that have them as well.  We all have different doctors.  My bee mentor is one of them.  :D



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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2009, 23:52 »
Well I am sorry but I have one and I know of two others that have them as well.  We all have different doctors.  My bee mentor is one of them.  :D

If your doctor has prescribed an Epipen when you have no symptoms of anaphylaxis, he/she could be accused of gross negligence. If an Epipen is used on someone who is not showing symptoms, it can be fatal. Make sure you are not ever tempted to use it 'just on case'. Benedryl is much safer.



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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2009, 11:53 »
Please beesontoast as you told me in not so many words "take off your blinker", also as you have stated you can become ellergic at anytime with out warning. 
I once had to call out the Air Ambulance to a beekeeper who had collapsed in the middle of Dartmoor after being stung. He had been keeping bees for 25 years and suddenly became anaphylactic with no warning.

I am often with my bees alone with no one is shouting distance.  You will know when you are suffering from anaphylactic shock.  Please give people credit they are not going to inject themselves after one bee sting.  They will know the symptoms of anaphylactic  shock. I have been taught them on my BBKA course. Only then would you use the pen and then you will have to go to the AE ASAP.  The one of the other members of my local BBKA carries a pen with him as he produces honey and keeps bees for a living.  He keeps his bees across the other valley in farmers fields and is mostly away from a road in the middle of a field and always alone.  He carries a pen with him just in case. 

I do not call this "gross negligence" I call this responsible doctor.

This thread started off in a happy I have been stung in a unusual place thread please lets keep it light hearted.  :D

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2009, 12:14 »

This thread started off in a happy I have been stung in a unusual place thread please lets keep it light hearted.  :D

There is a place for 'light-heartedness' but IMO not when we are discussing potentially life-threatening matters. All the enquiries I have made suggest that it is most unusual for Epipens to be prescribed on a precautionary basis, for the reasons I have already stated. If you have one, then I'm sure you will have been educated in its correct use, but for everyone who cannot get hold of one, and has any suspicion that they may have a true allergic response (not just local swelling), I suggest you buy some Benadryl and keep in handy, just in case.


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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2009, 12:20 »
Your enquiries suggest they are not usually prescribed and Ruffs say they can be.  Shouting louder doesn't make you more right.  End of argument. 

Any more and I'll lock this thread.
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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2009, 18:13 »
Nobody is shouting. I always respect opinions based on experience.

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Re: Boobed with the bees
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2009, 18:17 »
On this forum we respect all other members.

I am locking this thread as it has run its course.
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