If I'm missing in action today, it's because I'm nursing my husband. He was stung by two bees yesterday (one sting on each ankle) when he was mowing the lawn at work. He disturbed a hive that was on the ground. He was stung last week, too, but he didn't find the hive until yesterday. I was worried about the sting last week because when he was a teenager, he was hospitalized for an allergic reaction to bee stings. But he didn't experience any breathing difficulties and had nothing but a red mark from the sting.
Not so with yesterday's stings. He didn't have any breathing issues, no tight throat and no wheezing. But his ankles were a bit swollen, and when he got out of the shower, he was shivering uncontrollably. He warmed up and was fine, and I told him that maybe we should call the doctor or go to the hospital, but he wasn't keen on that idea and argued with me about it. He did appear to be fine, so I let it go. (He slept in the recliner all night, and I didn't make him come upstairs. I did call down to him several times during the night to make sure he was still alive...did I mention I have some anxiety issues??)
Well, this morning as I was getting ready for work, he told me to come look at his ankle. It was burning hot, looked like the ankle of a hugely pregnant woman who has been on her feet all day, he could barely walk, and he was in a lot of pain. He figured he could call the doctor later in the morning and be seen this afternoon. I put my foot down, made him call the after-hours number, and the on-call doctor said he needed to go to the ER.
So we were out the door at 5:30 am, and I'm happy that I thought to make The Girl pack a backpack with things to keep her occupied, threw some cereal in a plastic container, grabbed a juice box for her, and managed to remember my book.
At least it wasn't too crowded, and we were back home by 8 am. Hubby's drugged up with feet elevated in the recliner, and I'm working from home today. After I finish, I have to get his prescriptions filled and pick up some worker's comp papers from his work. He's out of work, and I'm his maid until Friday.
Thank God he's fine, and it wasn't more serious. However, the doctor says if he gets stung again it could be worse, so he'll have his Epi-Pen on him if he needs it.
I had planned to post a review here and an author interview on my Examiner site later today. We'll see how that goes.