23 May 2011
I immediately put some Benadryl lotion on the stings but that was not to stop the allergic reaction that followed. My elbow and ring finger began to swell beyond recognition.
I headed to the drug store and purchased some liquid Benadryl as well as some tablets. Taking the liquid I figured in 20 minutes or so the swelling would go down…instead it continued to get worse. I am very lucky to have a doctor that is open seven days a week so I headed over there and just in a nick of time. She administered a shot of steroid and stated if the swelling didn’t begin to go down in 20-minutes she was sending me to the hospital.
So there I sat, with ice packs praying the shot would take affect and I wouldn’t have to go to the hospital. Thank goodness the swelling stopped and began to go down enough that I was sent home after receiving a tetanus shot…ouch.
It was bad, but it could have been worse. If I would have been stung around my face or upper body a trip to the ER would have been required.
But as much as my stings stung, it is only temporary. So many people are suffering with life long illnesses. But the thing I realized is that no matter what you are dealing with, it could be worse, there are others around you who are suffering worse.
In the grand scheme of things, my wasp stings were nothing compared to what a good friend of mine was diagnosed with, a life long disease. She is suffering but tries to keep up a good front. As bad as it is it could be worse.
Regardless of the situation you are in be thankful that it isn’t worse. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own world, our own hurts that we forget that there are others close to us who are going through so much more.
There is a greater picture than our own little world. Don’t miss what matters, look outside your own little world. I know from my two stings that is what I am doing.