An Eventful Farm Morning

So I worked yesterday, and Tom took care of the farm.  None of the animals died, and he said that the sickly rooster had started to eat.  Here he is from 2 days ago.

And here he is today.  He did eat some of the chicken food from the feeder so that is good sign.

I did find a dead chick this morning with a poop encased behind. I grabbed a towel from the feed shed and wetted it, in case I found another chick with what we call poopy butt.  I did find one and started to wet and wipe it off.  Then suddenly there was a sharp pain in my left upper neck.  I finished getting the poop off of the chick and then noticed a wasp on the wall of the chick pen.  My guess is that he was hiding in the towel and I did to realize it.  I ran out to get Tom to let him know what was going on and then ran into the house.  He then took care of the Yellow Jacket wasp in the chick’s pen,  I quickly took 60 mg of prednisone and then called my doctor.  Here is what my neck looked like at that point.

Yello jacket sting on neck

I video chatted with my doctor, and he suggested adding famotidine (Pepcid), diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and cetirizine (Zyrtec).  Fortunately we have these medications but it took us a while to b=find the diphenhydramine as we do not usually take this.  The reason I am worried is that I (and my mother) am prone to large local reactions to wasp stings.  And this is not a good place for a large local reaction to occur as it can compromise your airway.  Here is what happened to me in 2014 when I had a wasp sting on my lip despite taking diphenhydramine and cetirizine.

swollen face

So I am icing it and will soon have to fall asleep.  I will have Tom wake me up at 5 PM to take more Benadryl.  I am hoping to stay out of the ER , especially since I have already been there within this month.

In better news, the carrot cake Tom made for Easter is the best one we have ever had.  It is lighter than some bought ones but quite flavorful.  The icing is yummy but not too thick.  He didn’t even use it all. Here is a photo of it from Easter.


Tom saw the recipe recently in the our local newspaper, the Skagit Valley Herald, and he decided to make it.  I am even having a sliver of it now since I am upset about my neck.  Then I will head to bed and hope that my neck doesn’t swell too much over the next 5 hours until my next Benadryl dose.  I am starting to feel incredibly woozy now as I type.  Wish me luck.



PS  One of my favorite bloggers tested negative for the novel Coronavirus, and he heading back to work night shifts at hospice.  No updates yet on the other one.

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6 Responses to An Eventful Farm Morning

  1. Jeanne says:

    Oh my! I don’t like insect stings at all! I hope you are all right!! The worst one I had was two honeybees who both got me on the inside of my middle finger at the same time. They were on the other side of a peach I reached for. My hand swelled so much I waa unable to flex my fingers. I was in my early teens at the time. My mom didn’t have anything like benedryl at all. So I had to tough it out. It would be really scary to be stung on the neck!

    So, do you think the rooster will make it? He certainly is a beauty!I

    I’m glad your blogger friend is okay. I have heard though, that even if you do have a case of the virus, you won’t gain immunity.

    • Donna says:

      I wouldn’t mind them so much if I didn’t swell so bad and have to miss working. This time I am trying 4 medications (usually I only do 2) so hopefully I can keep it in control this time. I hope the rooster makes it. He is showing signs of improvement. John is doing OK. I hope Paloma is too. It is unclear ho much immunity there will be. At best I think it will be temporary.


  2. Jeanne says:

    Thanks for your reply. I gather your blogger friend John lives in England. Am I right? I hope they will both be okay.
    I hope your wasp sting is better. Please post tomorrow how it went.
    I’m eager to try that carrot cake recipe! I hope I can do it! I’ve never made one.i hope you sleep well.

    • Donna says:

      John Gray lives in Wales and he is a nurse. Paloma lives in Whatcom County just north of us though, so much closer. The wasp sting is fine this morning. I did sleep well with the Benadryl. it is usually 2-3 days after the sting that I swell up badly but so far, so good.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Thanks for your reply! I appreciate it. I’ll continue to pray that it will be okay.

    So John is in Wales!! I don’t suppose you’ve met him, but that would be fun. I pray that he and Paloma will make a full recovery.

    • Donna says:

      He is in Wales and has a very popular blog there. He used to rescue and care for farm animals but not so much any more. But I love the way he presents his life in a small Welsh village. It is quite lovely.

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