Yesterday afternoon, although it was still grey and cloudy, it finally stopped raining, so we decided to take a look into the honey supers on the Wonderland and Pooh hives to see if they needed any more space. Turns out they didn't, but they're doing well with the space they've got.
But I got my first sting in 35 years, my first sting since becoming a beekeeper. Totally my fault, too.
I was dressed in a dark, short-sleeved shirt and nice pants, and I wasn't in the mood to take part in going into the hives, as I'd just gotten back from a 3-hour face painting gig, so I was across the yard while Eric donned his gear to take a look.
Well, me being me, I got curious and wanted to see too, so I got closer and closer. Eric took the top super off the Pooh hive, put it on the ground, and was looking at honey frames in the second super, as I got closer to have a look at the top super, which was now uncovered, wide open, on the ground. I stood right next to it, leaning over to look in from the top, for all intents and purposes, looking to the bees like a big ol' looming bear about to attack (to a bee, dark clothes a human looks like a potential bear, and therefore a huge threat) their indefensible hive.
I felt her land in the crook of my elbow, realized I'd scared them, and immediately walked away from the hives, not freaking out (kudos to me!) not swatting at her, trying to shake my arm to shake her off, but it was already too late. I felt the pinch as she stung me, and immediately scraped out the stinger, which is what you want to do if you're ever stung, FYI. It was weird, then. I felt a gradual, but quick heat start to build, and I knew it was going to hurt. Not deathly, not intolerably, but it definitely hurt. I got an ice pack from the freezer, which immediately numbed the pain, and kept it on until the pain subsided on its own.
Later last night, while I was knitting, I was fine. Every time I straightened my elbow all the way, it felt sore, but not bad. That's mostly gone now. What I'm left with is a crazy amount of itching, that's driving me a tad insane, but I'll live. And for the record, that Benadryl topical anti-itch stuff? It's useless. Just so you know.
I'm actually glad it happened. I'm sorry I scared them, and I'm sorry one of the girls felt the need to go kamikaze, but I'm glad I got stung. It's good to know that it hurts no more than I remember it hurting 35 years ago, and I've proven to myself that I can handle it fine. So I'm good!