looks at life for women of a certain age. Observations and wry stories that might ring bells with some.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Bee Sting Cures
My aged joints
Sting still in - didn't hurt much
Now on holiday at relatives who are retired and bee-keepers, we spent an intriguing afternoon getting ourselves purposely stung by the little kamikaze doctors, each overcoming our cowardice one by one as we queued up for our punishment. We are assured that bee stings cure all kinds of ailments where other treatments have failed. The thing is we are all oldish and wary of living on anti-inflammatories and other patent medicines and pain-killers. Off we went in the car to where they keep their hives, my brother-in-law donned his protective clothing and headgear and went off to gather a glass bottle full of bees to bring back to the house. Their compatriots back at the hive followed the car anxiously for quite a way and brother-in-law only got in once they had all disappeared. By the time we got to the house all the bees were angrily buzzing around inside the bottle. One at a time they were released whereupon they immediately flew to the window panes whence they could easily be picked up with a tweezer. Once placed on the chosen part of the recipient's anatomy - in my case my worst swollen finger, the captive is squeezed a little harder to make him sting. This hurts somewhat but it is quite fascinating watching the bee run round in circles trying to extricate his tail, hopelessly of course as he will die some moments later. It sounds cruel, I know, but many of us are a little desperate concerning our aches and pains. My other brother-in-law asked for and received six stings in both knees, his wife had stings in both thumb joints at the wrist, I had two in my finger and our hostess two in her ankle. The following day we are all itchy, red and swollen and now we await results....... I'll keep you posted. NB As we all stayed very calm during the process, no-one had an allergic reaction which it is thought is caused by adrenalin. Celestemine was on stand-by just in case. NNBB - I can't post a pic from Internet from my i-pad.