Last Friday, while delivering flowers, i followed a delivery truck into a gated community (it's always a stroke of luck when that happens and we can get in that way) to find the homeowner wasn't there. Upon calling her and leaving a message (they won't answer the phone because they don't recognize the number so you have to leave a message and hope they listen), she actually was one of those who did call back right away.
She asked me to go over to the garage and open the back gate, that i could leave the flowers on the porch in there. We are allowed to leave flowers in a safe place like that if we have permission, so i opened the gate, while still on the phone with her, and got attacked by a hornet building a nest there.
He bit my ring finger on my left hand, the hand holding the phone at the time, so i screamed and dropped the phone. Once i got rid of him, i picked the phone up, hoping it wasn't broken. It was fine, so i called her back and apologized for screaming in her ear and warned her about the hornets.
Then i left her the flowers and went on to finish out the say. The finger was a bit sore at first, but not too bad.
When i went to bed Friday night, after babysitting until almost 11pm, it seemed okay.
On Saturday morning, when i woke up to go back to work, the finger was swelling. My first instinct, to grab a Benadryl, i ignored. The last thing i needed was to be drowsy all day while driving all over town. Of course, Someone had taken all the Claritin in the house and hadn't told me, so i stopped and bought one at the gas station's store while filling up.
By the time i had done three runs, the finger was swollen so badly that i knew i was going to have to get the ring cut off. (It was swollen enough that morning that i couldn't get it off, but it wasn't so tight as to be uncomfortable then.) Mr. R, one of the co-owners of the shop, told me, "I can cut it off!" and he did. "I should have been a surgeon," he told me after he accomplished this feat.
|It's not easy to get a pic of your own hand! And this is after the swelling was down a bit.|
After my final run, which ended after the shop closed, i went home and sent the doctor a text message. He called in a prescription steroid to bring the swelling down. The only pharmacy that's open 24 hours in our area took almost 3 hours to fill it (they are notoriously slow), so it was another late night.
Sunday we went to church, and yes i did the usual stuff, including nursery duty, holding ice on my hand by this time to try to help. Then on to the restaurant to meet Grandma and Grandpa for Mother's Day lunch.
The Monday after Mother's Day is Women's Check-up Day, as i noted. Actually, i had scheduled the first part of my annual physical for that day about two months ago. When i went, they not only did the usual first part of the physical (blood pressure, ECG, visual field, hearing, weight/height, lung capacity, ankle/brachial arterial check, and the blood draw and pee in a cup routine, as well as assessing my activity level, diet, mental wellbeing and etc. by questionnaire), the doc took a few minutes out to look at my hand.
It's much better, and by next week, when i go for the follow up to talk to the doc about the blood work results and etc., it should be back to normal. It still itches, but less than before, and the swelling is about gone.
Now that i stop and think about it, only i would have something like this happen right before i was going to be at the doctor's office anyway.
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Fairy Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Royal Humans Disbanded -- Fairy Calendar (and don't ask how we blew it)
Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
Hug Your Cat Day -- another date given on many sites, and here's some advice about how to do it safely
International CFS/ME Awareness Day -- bringing awareness about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
International Nurses Day -- birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale
Lailat al Miraj -- Islam (observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem; begins at sundown, local customs and dates may vary)
Limerick Day -- birth anniversary of Edward Lear
National Nutty Fudge Day
Odometer Day -- actually first called a "roadometer", it measured wagon wheel revolutions, as 360 of them made a mile, and was invented and first used this day by William Clayton, Orson Pratt, and Appleton Milo Harmon, Mormon pioneers traveling to Utah in 1847
Olde May Day (Julian Calendar)
Pilgrimage to Fatima -- Fatima, Portugal (procession, mass, and etc. to commemorate the first appearance of the Virgin of the Rosary to the three shepherd children on this day in 1917)
Rotuma Day -- Rotuma, Fiji
Saint Andrew, the First Called Day -- Georgia
Snellman Day/Day of Finnish Identity -- Finland
St. Diomma of Kildimo's Day (Patron of Kildimo, County Limerick, Ireland)
St. Francis Patrizi's Day (Patron of reconciliations)
St. Pancras' Day (2nd Ice Saint; Patron of children, oaths, treaties; Albano, Italy; Iserlohn, Germany; Pontevico, Italy; Sestino, Italy; against cramps, false witness, headaches, and perjury)
Mick Jagger marries Bianca De Macias, 1971
Eddie Fisher marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1959
Coronation of George VI of England, 1937
Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia, 1743
National University of San Marcos is founded in Lima, Peru (oldest in the Americas), 1551
Jagiellonian University is fouded in Krakow, Poland (oldest in Poland), 1364
Richard I (Lionheart) of England marries Berengaria of Navarre, 1191
Emily VanCamp, 1986
Cheryl Burke, 1984
Jason Biggs, 1978
MacKenzie Astin, 1973
Christian Campbell, 1972
Jamie Luner, 1971
Kim Fields, 1969
Tony Hawk, 1968
Stephen Baldwin, 1966
Emilio Estevez, 1962
Ving Rhames, 1961
Kim Greist, 1958
Bruce Boxleitner, 1951
Gabriel Byrne, 1950
Lindsay Crouse, 1948
Steve Winwood, 1948
Millie Perkins, 1938
George Carlin, 1937
Tom Snyder, 1936
Frank Stella, 1936
Burt Bacharach, 1929
Yogi Berra, 1925
Mary Kay Ash, 1918
Katharine Hepburn, 1907
Florence Nightingale, 1820
Edward Lear, 1812
"Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music"(Musical revue), 1981
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"(Paul McCartney & Wings single release), 1972
"The Poisoned Kiss, or The Empress and the Necromancer"(Opera), 1936
The Symphony No. 1 in F minor(Shostakovich Op. 10), 1926
"L'elisir d'amore / The Elixir of Love"(Opera), 1832
Today in History:
Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome, 1328
Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of to the Rathore clan, founds Jodhpur, India, 1459
Philip Lenzi places the first ice cream advertisement, in the NY Gazette, 1777
Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers; it later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses, 1789
The Manitoba Act is given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15, 1870
US District Court Judge J. Dundy rules, in Standing Bear vs. George Crook, that Native Americans are persons within the meaning of the laws of the United States, 1879
Tunisia becomes a French protectorate, 1881
In the North-West Rebellion, the four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Métis against the Canadian government, comes to an end with a decisive rebel defeat, 1885
Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, 1932
Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin, 1941
A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada, 1958
West Germany and Israel establish diplomatic relations, 1965
The U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces in international waters, 1975
South Africa prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years, 1984
Amy Eilberg is ordained in New York as 1st woman Conservative rabbi, 1985
Fred Markham of the US becomes the first person to pedal a bike at 65mph unaided by wind, 1986
Ingrid Baeyens becomes the first Belgian woman to ascend Mount Everest, 1992
Russia and chechnya sign a peace agreement after 400 years of conflict, 1997
The Texas, US, legislature is brought to a standstill when 59 Democratic lawmakers go into hiding in a dispute with Republicans over redistricting, 2003
An 8.0 earthquake in southwest China kills more than 69,000 people, 2008
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the second-longest-reigning monarch in British history, 2011