Started off down at the lower wood shed getting some campers a load of firewood. All of a sudden I heard a loud buzzing near my right ear and then that severe burning pain when you know you've been bitten by a wasp. I never did see whatever it was that bit me.
I've had reactions to these kinds of stings before, so I dropped everything and rushed up to our cabin where we have a bite kit. It's a little suction device that is designed to suck the venom out of the area where you got stung but you have to use it just as soon as possible for it to be effective. Like within minutes...or less.
Well I was pretty quick. I figure it was no more than 3 minutes. But not quick enough to get it all.
The first area to start to swell was my left forearm in exactly the same spot where I was stung three years ago! Strange, isn't it?? I mean, I was bitten on the right side of my face just below my temple, and my left forearm swells up. But, it wasn't long and my whole body was breaking out in hives.
Of course the thing you have to watch for is breathing. Some people end up with breathing difficulties as a result of a severe reaction to bee stings. I'm not to that stage yet and didn't experience any problems like that. But, I did have some light headed moments and the hives were annoying and itchy. The girl who runs the restaurant was going into town and she brought me back some Benedryl. It seemed to help, and by this morning the hives are pretty much gone.
But yesterday afternoon another problem arose.
Our 100 lb problem!
One of the campers came and told us about a stray dog taking himself for a walk through the campground. Next thing you know, here comes another camper with the dog. He's wearing a choke chain collar...and he's huge! But friendly as can be.
We think he's part German Shepherd and part Great Dane. We nicknamed him "Moose".
So I wasted a bunch of time driving down the lakeshore road and checking with a few of the local farmers but nobody recognized him. Tried tying him up outside, but he likes people and started whining. A big dog puts out a loud whine! So we tried bringing him in to our house and he settled right down.
Part dog, part horse?!
Slept in the house with us last night. Not a problem really but he was awake and wanting out a bit early. But that's it...gotta get rid of him today. I missed my trip in to town yesterday with this bee sting problem, so I guess I'll go in this morning and drop him off at the SPCA.
Busy weekend coming up. It's a long weekend here in Canada and the campers have started showing up already. Lots of activities going on at the park including a fireworks show, so we'll have lots to share over the next couple of days.