With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Bee Sting Horror at the Park and Update

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bee Sting Horror at the Park and Update

Imagine standing at the kitchen counter preparing dinner and you get a call from your 13 year old grandson and he is crying.  "Mom-Mom... we're at the park and we're getting stung by bees.  I can't get to Raider.  I can't help him!"

I fly out the door, still talking to him and frantically begin running  (I didn't have a car) the quarter mile to our neighborhood park.  On the next street a mom and her two children are getting into their car as I run by and she asks if she can help.  She drives me to the park and waits as I run to Jared where I can see stings below his eye and by his ear.  Then to our dog Raider.  He is lying very still, bees covering his little body.  Frantically I begin pulling bees off.  They are all over him... even on his open eyes.  I scoop him up as I continue to pull off bees.  I throw Jared's book bag to him and we run to the waiting car.  This dear lady (later learned her name is Maribeth) insisted we drive right to the vet, all the while pulling off bees and throwing them out the window.  I called John to meet us at the vets and Jared's mom, Erin at her work.  After dropping me and Raider at the vets, Maribeth drove Jared to his mom.  She said she would return to my house because I had a pot on the stove on a low simmer. 

When I got to the vet they took Raider to the back.  The vet came to talk to me and said he was stable and they were preparing an IV.  She let me go back to him for a moment and bees were flying around the  large room.  She told me to call back at 8o'clock this evening to see if he will be able to leave or that they will keep him overnight for observation.

I got 15+ stings (I was wearing long sleeves) mostly on my arms and hand where I held Raider.  Jared got less.  The stings hurt but we are most shaken by what happened.  Jared has been sobbing because he couldn't help Raider. I am heartbroken because my grandson is so upset and because my dear little dog was in such a condition.  I can barely get the image out of my head.  Neither Jared or I have had a bad reaction.  The doctor suggested Benedryl.
This photo was taken this morning.
(The eyes look a little funky because I used red-eye reduction.)
I will be calling the vet in less than an hour and hope to hear this sweet schnauzer will be coming home tonight.
ouch!
8:30pm  Talked with the vet and they are keeping Raider over night because his temperature and heart rate are a little low.  They have him on IV, pain meds and Benedryl and treating him for shock.  They are pulling stingers out and she mentioned around his nose and in the corner of his eye.  Poor baby!

28 comments:

Mildred said...

Oh dear Lorraine, I am so sorry for you, Jared and Raider. I will pray for each of you. Please let us hear about Raider when you talk to the vet. Sending my love.

Ann said...

Oh my goodness I can only imagine how terrifying that must have been. I'll be thinking of you and poor Raider and praying that he has a speedy recovery. Will be waiting to hear more.
That arm looks a little painful

Snippety Gibbet said...

Oh my!!!!!!!! Bless your heart. I'm sitting here crying. How horrifying on so many lessons. I really thought that at some point you were going to say, "And then I woke up." .......hugs...... jan

Laura said...

Oh my.
I read in horror because this is a serious problem where we live.
They are deadly.
My father has a hunting camp and he lost two dogs that way.
What a brave grandmother you are.

When this started happening in our area- I went to the pharmacy and bought an epipen.

It is a disposable shot for an allergic reaction.

I keep it in my den, nearest the patio door.

I have also been told to buy wasp spray and to keep it in the car- as a form of protection and of course to spray if bees attack.

The spray will at least deter them.

I don't mean to sound like an alarmist-
our neighbor's son in law was killed while riding a riding lawnmower from a swarm of bees.

Your running and that precious citizen are amazing.

Laura
White Spray Paint


Also- the city needs to send an exterminator to the park to clear out the nest.

Adrienne said...

I am sorry this happened to your dear ones. What a terrible thing to go through! Praying for you.
~Adrienne~

Mildred said...

Thank you for the update and I'm sorry precious Raider cannot come home tonight but I know they will take good care of him. I just pray that each of you will improve quickly. I forgot to say earlier that the neighbor who drove you was truly a blessing. Bless her for her efforts. Try to get some rest.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I'm so sorry you all experienced such a scary time today. I would think this will take some serious getting over, especially for your grandson. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all of you.

NanaDiana said...

I am so sorry that you had to go through such trauma. You are fortunate that Raider is going to survive the attack...and also fortunate that your grandson wasn't targeted. Bees are nothing to mess with. Someone before this said it- the city/town/county-whoever is responsible for this park needs to take some action to rid it of bees. They must be nesting there. I feel very sorry for your grandson..and hope he doesn't have nightmares or blame himself for what happened. Poor kid...Poor Pup. You did good and what a wonderful gal that drove you to the hospital with bees in her car. We are blessed sometimes by others when we least expect it. Hugs- Diana

Leslie said...

oh my goodness this all sounds so scary. i am glad that you are all ok and that raider seems to be on the mend too. poor little guy

Susan said...

OMG, LDH. That was a horrible experience, just horrible. Where did those bees come from? Your grandson and Raider must have been near a bee's nest or something.

Oh, poooooorrr Raider. And poor everyone. Bee stings are not fun.

God bless you all, LDH. May everything be much better tomorrow. Susan

Deb said...

It's so amazing how quickly we can react when someone we love is in trouble. I hope everyone including Raider will be fine. Poor little dog. Keep us posted. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

Linda C said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear of your horrible and scary experience with the bees! Glad your precious little dog is in good hands.

Had an experience when our oldest kids were young,and neighbor kids shook a bird house on a tall pole and it was a bees nest. Bee chased the kids as they ran home across a large yard. Quite a few stings- but all were ok.

Hope you all recoup from your stings real quick. Praying for your precious grandson.

Hugs,
Linda

Mike Golch said...

you guys are lucky if I had been stung that many times I'd be in the hospital.

Frazikat said...

I'm praying for all three of you!

Kathy F.

Julie Harward said...

Oh my gosh Lorraine...this is so awful! I am sitting here with teary eyes. You are so courageous..a mama tiger for sure! I will say a prayer for Raider that he will be blessed and come home well. It's a good thing you are not allergic to bees..I am and that would have been tragic for me. I had a friend who was riding a horse as they were driving their cows down off the mountain. They rode over a bees nest and the bees came out like mad stinging her all over and they were all over her horse and he went crazy and she couldn't stop him. Her husband finally caught the horse and as she was being bucked off! She broke her ribs and collar bone etc, Her dog ran to her side the bees went after him and the dog ran off covered with the bees. He has many stings like Raider. They were in the mountains where cell phones never work..her husband prayed for help...the clouds and stormy sky open right above them and they were able to call for help. A life flight helicopter was sent to them to get them off the mountain. The horse was never the same after that but the dog made, recuperating on her bed with her, a thing that never happens in the country. Sorry, long story here but my heart is really struck by your story. Sending my love and prayers for all of you!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

That is horrifying! I'm so glad that your grandson was able to call you for help! I hope your dog will be OK.

Dayle said...

Lorraine, my heart rate went up just reading this. I cannot imagine the horror you all have been through. I will pray that Raider (and your grandson) recovers quickly and doesn't have any lingering issues. I'm so sorry this happened, and I'm so sorry you were stung by bees, as well. Praying for you all.

Paula said...

Lorraine, I am SO sorry this happened and pray everyone and your dog heals quickly and completely.

Silver lining...(if that's possible), your grandson will have a story to write about for the rest of his school years. We had a traumatic incident at our house years ago that gave my kids subject matter for their entire high school career.

Lady Farmer said...

So sorry, my friend! I am praying!

Vivienne said...

I can't imagine how terrifying it is to receive a call like that and to see your dog covered with bees and frantically pulling them off...
but thankfully you got there on time and met such a nice lady to help you out! God is good!

Snap said...

Terrifying for all of you!!! How horrible. Wishing you, Jared, precious fur-baby Raider, and the wonderful woman who gave you a ride - well.

Hugs----

Lee Ann said...

Oh my goodness! This brought tears to my eyes!

I hope they (whoever manages the park) gets rid of those bees as they don't sound like nice ones (more like killer bees or on the verge of becoming killer bees).

Julie said...

Oh how awful this is for all of you! I hope Raider is okay. You'll be in my thoughts!!!

Maggie Ann said...

What a horrific thing to have happen! Unbelievable...I'm glad you had the help of Maribeth and the Vet...sometimes everything is closed at the time of the illness or accident. The stings on your arm look terrible...how brave you were...Praying your grandson will be able to move on...and not be afraid to go outside. Would I? hmmm. I'll be waiting to hear news of you dear little Raider. I never heard of such an awful thing before...bees completely covering him. I'm so sorry! Praying for a good recovery all the way around. ~~~Maggie

Life In a Little House said...

Lorraine I am just so sorry to hear about this how scary for all of you. I wonder if they were those crazy african bees I think that is what they call them??? to attack like that??? I will be praying for all of you....~Love Heather

La Tea Dah said...

Oh, the poor little dog. I am crying --- how awfully upsetting for you and your family. Poor little Raider...

La Tea Dah said...

Please keep us updated...

Such nasty bees!

deb mills said...

oh how awful!!! will keep you all in my prayers...for health and emotional well-being.

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