lavacarancher wrote:Yesterday afternoon I was working on a waterer for my girls and walked by the corner of the shop carrying a few tools when out of nowhere something hit me in the side of the head just above the temple. Within a few seconds I found myself on my knees feeling like I was having a heart attack. Finally got my cell phone out and called my wife who was in the house. She came and got me up and got me in the house. Several Benadryls later I was feeling OK but my head was swollen up like a softball. Never had a red wasp hit me so hard. Must be global warming.
Tough luck, yet some good luck in that you could get your phone out and help was available. Hope you are getting checked to see if you need the 'antidote' stuff to carry. Haven't heard of red wasps here in SD, but suppose there could be other varieties of them than the plain old black and yellow ones.......one of which is batting at my living room window right now! Sure hope you recover fast and that it was a 'once in a lifetime' incident!
I've never had problems with allergies to them, but two days ago one really dive bombed and stung my left hand just behind the first finger. Hurt more than any previous stings, but one Benadryl soon took hold and the spreading numbness up both arms stopped within an hour or so. Most times a plain old house fly hurts more and leaves a nastier itchy spot than a wasp, for me.
It was about 110% here an hour ago, with a brisk wind and so dry that the .06" of rain we got about 10:30 last night must have evaporated as it hit, except for what fell in the rain gauge! Miserable, but no record, either. Not many years ago we had a 117% day here, and our 'record breaking' year of 1936 (year Shorty was born) had both record high in summer, not certain, but think it was +122% or more at Gann Valley, SD, and the winter low was -56% in Jan. about straight north of us, near the ND border. Don't recall some of the data, but after all, that was four years before I was born! My father-in-law used to say Shorty was the only thing that grew on this ranch that year......and I'm sure that was accurate!