Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Rant

I grew up being the daughter of a beekeeper. Watching and learning about bees was a lot of fun. However, developing a bee/wasp/hornet allergy was not fun. Hence my never ending prescription for epinephrine.

I remember as a young girl getting stung numerous times. But each experience was indeed a learning experience. Bees/wasps/hornets as a rule will NOT sting unless provoked. This is an important fact. Also it is beneficial to know the difference between bees, wasps, and hornets. Bees will/can only sting once as they lose their stinger in the process and die as a result. The wasps and hornets will and can sting multiple times without any ill effects to their well-being. They also tend to be a bit more aggressive when provoked.

The times I would get stung was often my fault. You can hardly fault an insect when stepped on. Understandable that a stinging insect would interpret being stepped on as a threat. The other times I would get stung would have to do with the supposed "good intentions" of other people. For some reason people have this tendency to start swatting and attempting to kill any stinging insect in the nearby vicinity--even if it is acting passive. This not only serves to really piss off the insect, but also the insect will not discriminate in terms of who to take out its aggression. I really do not need to be "saved" against an insect that was not being aggressive in the first place. Seriously. Mostly, I do not wish to be stung as a result of these "good intentions"

Thus, I would like to state that having a passenger on the shuttle bus this morning repeatedly swat/attempt to kill a pissed off wasp on the shuttle bus does not put me in a good mood overall. First of all, it was a wasp and not a bee. I am most allergic to the wasp category of insects. Considering that it is capable of stinging multiple times, it could prove deadly for me. Secondly, I don't enjoy watching the previously passive insect turn aggressive. Third, the mere thought of having to spend my day shot full of epi and possibly being unable to breathe is not a thought I really cherish.

They say that the path to hell is paved with good intentions. So is the ER.

I am already in panic mode. This is not how I would have preferred to start my morning and does not quite put me in the proper mind frame to put the final touches on my written proposal and send to my committee members today.


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