YEP! So the day has finally come! My nucleus' were ready to be picked up at the bee place here, locally. Ordered 2 of them. The place was not necessarily too hot about even doing it this weekend and was thinking next weekend. But they decided it was good enough, apparently...
So I get the nucs loaded into the bed of my truck and lightly ratcheted them down. Had a couple other errands to take care of before I came back home. So I was in a store and waiting in the checkout line. Felt something crawling on my neck and instinctively swatted it. HA! The bee goes flying and I start feeling the burn!
I had a bee in the hood of my sweatshirt! I used the hood the best I could to try and get the stinger out. Turned around and asked the lady behind me, "Excuse me, I know this may sound weird, but do you see a stinger in the side of my neck?"
"Wow, its all red! But I don't see anything."
Okay, so I let by gones be by gones with the bee. Got checked out and shes still squirming on the floor. Picked her up and took her outside with me letting her crawl on my hand. I'm sure the people in line thought I was crazy for picking a bee up! lol!
I go back out to the truck and show the wife the bee and told her I got stung on my neck! She gets nervous about it and I get in and sit there to see if anything happens.
Well, it was not too long after, I started feeling shaky and a little cold and somewhat dizzy. It was slightly difficult to swallow. Told the wife I was not feeling good. So we switched and I was contemplating dialing 911. I told her lets start moving and go get some benadryl. So we were heading up to the store and saw a firetruck at a local store. I went in and tracked them down and told them I was not feeling so good and that I just got stung. Told them I wanted them to check my vitals out for me.
Heart rate was 89bpm and 140/60 IIRC. He said that if anything was going to happen it probably already would have. Well, atleast I was near them if I needed an epipen! I think what may have happened was that I was nervous and the adrenaline got going and I started psyching myself out. Because by the time we left the store and had the benadryl, the sting area was a little red. So the localized reaction was pretty mild, but something made me feel not so good.
Took 2 benadryl liqui capsules and it hit me like a ton of bricks! Made me MORE than drowsy! Felt like I had a few beers!
So, I got the bees back to the house and by this time they were cooped up in the nuc boxes in the back of a truck going down bumpy roads, etc. and also got rained on hard. I put them on the hive stand and got veiled up. The nuc boxes were the EZ nuc boxes and I had to figure out how to open their "door". First one I got opened up did not have much of a problem. The second one, MAN! I opened up that door and they started just boiling out of that entrance! They were piiiiiiissed! I even lit the smoker up and smoked them some and it did not seem to even help!
Got the door open, just walked off. Had like 5 guard bees follow me and the wife back to the house and had to fight them off. Finally got rid of them and checked each other over. After the incident I had today, I was very anal about not having any bees on me anywhere!
Just so you fellas know, if you don't already, I'm a total newb at this and these are my first hives. So this is all new experience to me and I do not have anyone to mentor me along the way, except what is online. I did this in just a veil, but they were trying to get under my arm pits and veil and was afraid they were going to get down my shirt on my neck again.
Needless to say, me and the wife are both going to have full bee suits for moments like these! I have to still figure out how to get them into their new hives from the nuc. I'm concerned that with the ride they had and the crappy weather we are having, they are not going to like me messing around with them the following day. The weather liars say its suppose to be good weather, but I dunno.
The guy I got the bees from owns 3k hives and told me that in about 8 days the brood is going to rear out of their cells and the hive should explode with good numbers. So I know I need to get these transfered ASAP. I'm willing to do the transfer tomorrow because of this problem I can face, but I want a full suit, first!
Does anyone see a problem in doing this? I thought I read that I should let them sit a few days after bad weather before handling them...
As well, anyone think I could have had more than just a localized reaction and an actual allergic reaction? Me and the wife are definitely going to see the family doc and telling him we want epipens since we are going to be doing bees...