The crew continues to extract honey as fast as they can and we still have about eight tall stacks of supers to go. This evening after I cleaned up dinner and tidied up the house a bit (think hurricane came through), I went to check on the 2.5-man crew working the evening shift – Mark, David and little Roby. Thank goodness for friends! Stan and Zach join us tomorrow again and then Belinda will come over after her other job. Belinda and Joy made a good team for a while before dinner time. They all just keep plugging away and getting those supers done. So proud of their hard work and I can see how tired everyone is but they all keep at it. Me? I just try not to get in the way or stung and I try to feed them and make sure they have whatever they might need from inside.
I haven’t been doing a great job staying stingless but thank goodness for my pal Epi and also for being able to get the stingers out fast so that not a lot of venom has gotten in me. I will say #6 was quite unique in terms of pain and required the EpiPen and medication while #7 I got out so fast I just slathered honey on the sting (read that somewhere) and waited. No Epi needed and no extreme issues. I am thrilled about this as I only just replaced my prescription and I’m not exactly crazy about jabbing my thigh again in the same week. That would have been a little lame. 😦 In case you haven’t seen what an EpiPen looks like, here you go. My new pack came as a pair AND included a training device. That was new and very interesting to me. I read the entire training pamphlet, which was so funny because one of the first lines you read says: “In case of emergency: Do not use this trainer. Use your EpiPen.” Gotta love it. I keep one on me at all times and I put the second one along with the Trainer out in the Honey House. I think I will include training on that for everyone. Couldn’t hurt. By the way, the last time I bought an Epi, it was about $20 and came as a single device. This time, it came as a 2-pack which I liked very much. I was in a bit of a constant worried state during the day I was waiting for a refill (long story one why it took so long to get it). Anyway, did you know that without health insurance, it would have cost $231.99. Wow. That’s a lot. I know it isn’t when you think it could save your life but I think it’s a lot for something I stick and hold for ten seconds. Reminds me of the $3000 radiation pill Dad once had to take years ago for a thyroid issue. I only paid $52 for my refill so I guess that is a real deal. Thanks Big Insurance Company! Probably more than you may need to know about Epipens but it’s part of my world and the wonderful life I lead at our little Bee Ranch, so there you go. One last thing, check out all those languages that are available for your prescription bottles. Even Vietnamese!
Goodnight, everyone. Sleep tight.