hi, yesterday i decided to do some weeding in the flower beds in front of my house. i did almost no weeding all summer — it’s my least favorite chore — and so i knew it would be a huge job. i didn’t expect to finish it in the one day.
i did finish one large bed, to my amazement. it looks wonderful. and so i started on a smaller bed, thinking that when i finished i would quit for the day and take a nap. i was about half finished when i felt something sharp inside my left jeans leg. it surprised me, but i continued weeding. then i pulled up one really big weed and out came a swarm of what i thought were bees. one got inside of my glasses immediately and stung me very close to the inside of my right eye.
i jumped up and screamed. by then, the bees were stinging my arms and neck, going inside of my clothes. i ran around in a few small circles patting myself and trying to wave them off. in retrospect, i must have looked like some idiot in a bad comedy film. but i soon realized that they were following me and that it would be prudent to go into the house.
i ran into the garage and hit the button to close the big door and was inside of the house as quickly as possible. i ran upstairs and shouted to my son jack “i’ve been attacked by a swarm of bees!!!! help!!!” jack had been stung once a couple of weeks earlier, and i knew he would be sympathetic.
but jack took one look at me and shouted “they’re still flying around your head. run into the bathroom and close the door!” which i did quickly. but a couple of bees followed me into the bathroom and stung me more. i got my shirt and pants off and even more bees fell out onto the floor. i smashed them with enthusiasm. i looked into the mirror and saw the bumps raising up everywhere, but especially near my eye.
it hurt more than anything i’ve experienced in a long time, shortly developing into an intense headache. i think there was swelling inside the sinus cavity just below my eye. i rinsed off the dirt and grabbed an antihistamine pill and some cream for allergic reactions. then i took some asthma medicine in case i had a bad allergic reaction. i’ve been stung by just about everything in my lifetime, but nothing like this.
i was stung about 20 times over most of my body. it was a rough night. i felt better this morning but still was quite tired and so didn’t accomplish very much. as a result, i will be getting the revised proposals back to com605 research teams on sunday or monday.
this morning i went to a local garden center and found out that the bees were in fact ground hornets — the woman there told me that another customer had come in the day before after being attacked by a swarm of ground hornets. i bought some powerful hornet killer and plan on nuking them tomorrow morning when it is cold and they are sluggish.
i may never weed any flower beds again!