Day 136 – Medical Advice


2013.07.07Funny story:  We went to my sister-in-law’s for a little party.  Unbeknownst to us, a covey (gaggle? herd? flock?) of wasps built their nest under the porch swing.  My niece, Andrea (pictured to the left), was sitting on said porch swing when one wasp decided that he didn’t enjoy the party.  He/She flew up and stung Andrea on the eye lid.

Okay, that part is not funny.

Here’s the funny part.  No one knew what to do.  All these farm people are walking around acting like they’ve never seen someone get stung or that they’ve never been stung themselves.  They yell for me to look what to do to treat a wasp sting.  The first thing WebMD says is call 911.  No one called 911.

My sister-in-law (we’ll call her Kim), looked up some remedies on Pinterest (seriously).  The best advice this sage site, better known for its crock pot recipes and fashion ideas, could offer was to put a copper penny on the sting. The found a penny.

Someone suggested ice to reduce the swelling.  Her husband bagged a handful of ice and pressed it to her.

But how do you hold a penny and ice on a person’s face?  Of course, you use a bandana to tie it to her head.

To calm her nerves and reduce everyone’s stress, someone fixed her a Margarita.

There is nothing I enjoy more that watching an emotionally charged young woman in pain with an imprint of Abraham Lincoln stamped on her eye-lid and an ice pack strapped to her head sipping on a cocktail.

We should have these parties more often.