Julia was stung by a wasp on Tuesday and her leg gradually started to swell, turn red and feel hot.

It became worse overnight and was quite painful when she woke up. So she woke me up to tell me.

I wasn’t, to be honest, as sympathetic as I would have been if she’d waited a bit.

She ignored my advice about going to see the doctor so we went off to explore the breakfast deal at Harvester instead. I dropped her off, did a few errands then went home to find her in even worse shape, so, despite her protests, I made her go to the supermarket for advice from the pharmacy.

They told her to see a doctor.

Impressively, she rang at 2 pm and was given an appointment for 4.10. I rang for one this morning, needing to get my painful hand seen to, but it seems not to be a priority and my appointment is for 8 am next Wednesday.

Next time they ask me why I want an appointment I may invent a life-threatening condition. If I’d told them my chest was playing up I’d have been in before lunch. But tell them you have a hand X-Ray to discuss, and despite the pain being too bad for you to pack parcels or tuck your shirt into your trousers, they don’t seem bothered.

She came out with a prescription for antibiotics, because the sting has turned into an infection. They also recommended drawing along the line of the infection to check it isn’t growing worse. That was fun, as the only suitable pen we could find was a green highlighter, which didn’t improve the look of things.

The moral of this story, if there is one, is avoid wasps, do what your husband says and exaggerate when speaking to receptionists.


25 thoughts on “Wasps!

  1. Clare Pooley

    I am pleased to see that Julia is feeling a little better. I understand all about painful arthritic hands as I have them too. All I can recommend is Ibuprofen gel and that doesn’t help much. Oh, and immersing your hands in very warm water.

    1. quercuscommunity

      In general it’s not too bad most of the time. Hot water works but I’m not allowed ibuprofen. Will have to ask if the gel is OK. Julia is feeling better thank you.

      1. quercuscommunity

        The first time I had it, it was on prescription, double strength and in a massive bottle (100 tablets as I recall). This was about 25 years ago – I had a bad back and was told to take them as needed. How things have changed!

  2. derrickjknight

    Nasty. The last time I was stung by a wasp was indoors in Newark when I trod on one in December. Our surgery is exceptional. We are often persuaded that what we are ringing about is urgent, so we can be seen that day.

      1. quercuscommunity

        We’ve had several nests in the garden shed but fortunately never in the house. The one in the gardens is in a raised bed. It will soon be an ex-wasp nest, as we can’t risk them stinging anyone else.

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