Was you ever bit by a dead bee?

I was.

Yesterday I arrived at work and set my bag on the table so I could switch out my glasses. As I reached for the zipper I suddenly felt an intense pain in my knuckle. It was very localized and felt like paralysis, or at the very least numbness. There was a little thorn stuck in my skin, which I removed. It looked like a bee stinger, but there was no bee anywhere to be seen. It could also have been from a plant or cactus. Whatever it was, it clearly was intended to paralyze and possibly kill the predators (which must be much smaller than me) of whatever-it-came-from. My finger is swollen, but it’s barely noticeable. The area immediately surrounding the sting feels bruised and is tender to the touch. I have ever-so-slightly limited range of motion in that knuckle. I used draw out salve but nothing more came out, so I think the stinger was intact when I removed it.

It is all SO WEIRD.

9 thoughts on “Was you ever bit by a dead bee?

  1. theletterkae

    December 16, 2010 at 10:22am

    Sounds like my first bee sting at the age of 22! I was working retail and processing a return for a pair of pants. I started folding them, then felt a really sharp pain in my left palm, like I’d been stuck with a needle very, very deeply. When I checked, I had a stinger wedged deep in there. How a bee got in a pair of men’s pants is beyond me.
    .-= theletterkae´s last post ..Dear Santa… =-.

  2. Nana

    December 16, 2010 at 1:32pm

    okay, that quote is haunting me, what is it from?

  3. Anne

    December 16, 2010 at 5:14pm

    Wow! That Is weird.

  4. Nana

    December 16, 2010 at 7:01pm

    never mind, I remembered

  5. Stephanie

    December 16, 2010 at 7:11pm

    Annika, the same thing happened to Christina a while back… stinger, but no bee to be found! She stepped on it at Barnsdall park and I’ll tell you, that girl is no wuss (she’s run a marathon and endured all kinds of other painful things) but she was acting like a wounded dog all afternoon.
    .-= Stephanie´s last post ..Its not Hawaii =-.

  6. Annika

    December 16, 2010 at 9:43pm

    For anyone who’s wondering (except my mom, who figured it out), the quote is from To Have And Have Not, my favorite Bogart and Bacall movie.

  7. Amy

    December 20, 2010 at 6:42pm

    Yes! I have been stung by a dead be or a bee that I killed. I will never be sure. When I was a kid, my friend invited me to her exclusive country club. We were having fun rolling down the hills adjacent to the golf course. A little while later we were enjoying some tasty beverages at the cafe and I noticed a sliver or thorn or something in my leg which I couldn’t remove. When I showed it to my mom, she realized it was a bee sting. Hurt like hell for a day or two. I think she gave me benedryl cause my leg got pretty swollen.

  8. CosmicAvatar

    December 22, 2010 at 7:14am

    Weird. I’ve never been stung (touch wood) and I really don’t want to be, although I’m much better at standing still when a bee or wasp comes around instead of running and failing like I used to do. But an unseen ambush? Ack.

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