Friday marked just our second after-hours family medical concern. MK was stung by a bee while at daycare. It occurred towards the end of the day so they put ice on it and snuggled her, which is exactly what I would have had them do. They also called me and informed me that her hand had become quite swollen. This caused me to call Mr. Keller in order to be sure that he would be picking BK and MK up from daycare soon. He was and so I prepared to head home from work, too.
I wasn’t quite prepared for how swollen her little left hand was! The poor girl looked as though she had sausages for fingers! She was uncomplaining, though. She simply told me that a bee had stung her, and her hand felt very tight.
Because of the swelling, I called the after hours number for MK’s pediatrician. Can you believe that they had to call me back!? Her pediatrician is part of Unity Point, and, apparently, their call center serves more as a way to send calls to the appropriate state. So, I called, told the nurse what was going on, and then she told me that she was not located in Illinois so would need to have someone in Illinois call me back! I’m just glad that MK wasn’t suffering from something a little bit more serious!
Just a few minutes later, the Illinois nurse called me. I went through the whole story again, and then she directed me to the nearest prompt care clinic. We should have just headed there rather then spend all that time on the telephone!
During the entire telephone process, BK was pretty excited. He was absolutely convinced that the nurse was going to send an ambulance for his little sister, and he couldn’t imagine anything cooler than riding in an ambulance. Me, on the other hand and being the mama, I’m hoping that no one in my family ever has to ride in an ambulance!
Once at the prompt care, MK charmed all the people. She told the nurse practitioner that MK had been “bit” by the bee. She laid out the whole story: she was minding her own business, eating her Popsicle when a bee landed on her! She didn’t want it to get her Popsicle, so she grabbed the bee to throw it off of herself. Of course, that’s when it “bit” her. She declared that the bee was not very nice! The story, as MK told it, was absolutely adorable, and we are very grateful for the time the nurse practitioner took with MK.
MK, we were told, would be fine! Of course, we didn’t doubt this, but we were relieved to hear that no medication was needed. It seems that a bee allergy may be in the cards for us, but without another similar reaction, it was hard to tell for sure. It may be that MK was simply “bit” in a sensitive place, or perhaps multiple times.
MK the bee slayer was not only brave, she was impressive! Not once did I see her cry. She even barely admitted to any pain, but, as swollen as her hand was, it must have been throbbing. There were even a few red streaks through it. Her brother, BK, could hardly even look at it (he can be a little melodramatic).
MK, our little bee slayer, is now as good as new! The swelling went down over the weekend until Tuesday when it was basically gone. We are so thankful that our little bee slayer is as good as new.