It really really hurts. I was out in the garden at dusk collecting blueberries and cucumbers and peas and stick broccoli and leaf lettuce and just talking to my neighbour when I walked past the woodpile to take a load of cabbage leaves to the chooks and I saw/ heard something flying at my face. I dropped the cabbage and ran around the woodpile (ok, another woodpile but I'm trying to play down how much unsorted wood we have around here) and it bloody chased me! Seriously. I was waving my arms around and shrieking but it was really persistent and I ended up getting got on the elbow. Right on the elbow. It hurt so bad. And all I could think of was my little 5 year old neighbour who was hanging out in the garden with me a couple of weeks ago and filling me in about various wasps. He told me the ashinaga-bachi was even stronger than his favourite super hero Ultraman. Whoa baby. I've been stung by something that could take down Ultraman??
Luckily K was home and could check it out for me- almost impossible to see your own elbow. I dealt with the interrogation from the girls:
I got stung by a wasp.
I think a long legged one.
Ohhhh!! Call the ambulance!
No, just call daddy for me.
The long legged wasp is really bad! This is terrible! You better go to the hospital now!
Just go and get daddy, please?
"DADDY! QUICK! IT'S TERRIBLE! MUMMY NEEDS TO GO TO HOSPITAL!! YOU NEED TO CALL AN AMBULANCE!!"
Poor K came sprinting around the back as I walked around the front to get him myself and we missed each other. So he is calling out for me and not seeing me and feeling increasingly worried and the girls are jumping up and down chanting Ambulance! Hospital! It's terrible!
Well, it's all a bit anticlimactic after that. I googled and K called the local hospital (he doesn't trust google and I have less faith in the local hospital not just saying 'come in and get checked out' no matter what your symptoms are.
Turns out the first time you are stung is not so bad. The nasty reactions tend to come out on subsequent encounters. According to the hospital I will probably live and according to google they are less poisonous than the much feared suzume bachi (Giant Asian Hornet) but hurt more. That was validating.
It's been a few hours now and my elbow is still stiff and swollen and painful to touch but I think my other symptoms- drowsiness, lethargy, muddled thoughts are probably the result of a big week coming to an end rather than the Ultraman beating wasp....
Can't wait to tell my neighbour's kid, though. I lost major cool points not being able to do the Ultraman transformation dance. Having had a run in with a long legged wasp and living to tell the tale should put me back in the cool stakes, yeah?