2010年7月16日金曜日

owwwww

I got stung by an ashinaga-bachi. A long legged wasp. Owwwwww.

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:

What happened?
I got stung by a wasp.
Which one?
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?

7 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

wow now I know someone who is stronger than Ultraman!! Gee your neighbour might end up taking you to school for show and tell!!and you might even end up in the local newspaper!

I always wondered if their sting lived upto their mean look, now I know! Good reason to rest :) Take care

bastish さんのコメント...

I support your decision to use Google instead of a Japanese hospital, especially in the countryside.

I was stung twice on my head by a Suzume Bachi last year while I was with customers. It felt like I had run into a low hanging brick beam - for three days!

Because it was on my head, and near my throat, I could feel my throat swelling. I had to call Tomoe and tell her "we may need to go to the hospital. What do you think we should do with the customers?"

In the end the swelling went away, but the pain lasted for days, but I was a hero. I was stung because I threw the neighbor's little grandson out of the way when I saw him poking a stick into the nest. In return the grandma gave me a bag of cucumbers.

黃惠雯 さんのコメント...

快樂與滿足的秘訣,就在全心全意投注於現在的每一分,每一秒上..................................................

郁如郁如 さんのコメント...

命運,就是自己行為的結果。..................................................

Sara さんのコメント...

ohhhhh i hate bugs ::(((((
esp stingy bugs - hope you get back to 100% soon.

and wow... reading the comment about the suzume-bachi makes me SOOO glad we aren't in the inaka anymore...

seriously HATE BEES!!!!

poor K he must have been so worried with what the girls were telling him

illahee さんのコメント...

oh my! i hate bees, my biggest fear is getting stung! i especially fear the suzumebatchi (thanks kevin, now i'm going to have nightmares!!) but any buzzing the garden makes me run for the house! the weeds are now at a length that i rarely go out there any more (thankfully the area around the laundry lines is mostly clear) so hopefully my in-laws will do some weeding the next time they visit...

hope you feel better soon!

Gina さんのコメント...

Ouch, I hope you feel better soon. I was stung by a wasp in Denver when I was in the first grade. I'll never forget it. It hurt like hell. And the ones here in Japan look bigger and even scarier then the ones from back home. I hope you're feeling better.