PSA: Consider getting an Epi-pen
I’ve been keeping bees for 5 years. I bought one hive, split and caught swarms (from my hives). Over 90% survival rate and I give away 3-6 splits or swarm catches a year. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, but today was my last day beekeeping.
Over the years my reactions have progressively gotten worse, but always been localized. Today I made a small mistake and got a little unlucky. 5 stings earned me an ambulance ride to the ER.
I even have an epinephrine auto-injector at home but didn’t carry it with me to a friends farm where I was temporarily relocating my hives. There was a period where I thought I was going to asphyxiate in front of my 3 year old before EMS made it there.
Long story short, get an epi-pen or generic. It could save your life or a friend’s. I’ve been stung plenty but to date it’s just been uncomfortable swelling. Today it changed and I got uncomfortably close to dying. You can call your doctor and explain why you want one, they’ll possibly even write the prescription without even seeing you.
It’s been fun watching and learning from this sub for a while. I wish you all the best.