Evidently a wasp had flown up my long skirt and gotten trapped. As the dictates of Murphy’s law demand, my hands were full at the time of the vicious attack on my bum. Sting #1 was shocking and mildly painful – I dropped my watering cans. Sting #2, millimeters from Sting #1, was met with some expletives and a futile attempt to get the wasp out of my skirt. Sting #3, nearly on top of Sting #1 and Sting #2, was excruciatingly painful - more expletives and mad slapping to crush the evil stinging beast that was attacking my innocent bum.
Not being able to sit down, I figured I might as well cautiously continue to water the garden. About 30 minutes later I came inside for a glass of water and I realized that I was no longer limping. A quick check revealed that the swelling and heat were almost gone! Within 1 hour there was no redness, no heat and only a slight soreness when I rubbed the area! How amazing! I love homeopathy!…my butt loves homeopathy!
The moral of this story: keep homeopathic Apis handy, both you and your various body parts with be thankful.
- I took 2 pellets of Apis 200c - 1M may have also been a good first prescription, but following a minimal dose philosophy I opted for a 200c as a first prescription, 1M would have been my second prescription had it been required.
- A few hours after the first dose I noticed a return of some of the heat and a bit of tenderness so I took one additional dose of Apis 200c. All of the symptoms dissipated after the second dose.
With any kind of sting or allergic reaction be alert for any signs of a progressive allergic reaction - anaphylaxis can occur half-hour or longer after exposure. Anaphylaxis symptoms include:
- Itchy skin
- Flushed or pale skin
- A feeling of warmth
- A sensation of a lump in your throat
- Wheezing and trouble breathing from a constriction of the airways or a swollen tongue or throat
- A weak and rapid pulse
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Dizziness or fainting
If you suspect anaphylaxis take a high potency dose of apis and/or use an epinephrine autoinjector (e.g. EpiPen) and seek emergency medical care immediately.