Ok...you say share--so here is my story.
I opened one of my hives two days ago to check on things. Last time I was messing in the hives I was stung through my blue jeans--so I put on a pair of windpants over my jeans to give more protection. I fired up the smoker....put on the heavy cotton workshirt I use as my bee jacket, pulled on the long heavy rubber gloves I find to be excellent for working the bees. So everything was looking good. I pulled on my veil and tied it and was ready to go.
I wanted to open the hive all the way....basically to check the bottom super to see if it had any brood in it. If not, I wanted to pull that box and start reducing the hive in size in anticipation for winter. I am leaving in two weeks for Vietnam and I need to begin to get the hive downsized for my departure. One thing I did try --after reading about it here--was to use drapes over the supers I had pulled and set aside. I used some old Tshirts...and covered the tops of the supers as I pulled them off the hive. This really worked great because the bees seemed to be calm and stayed in the supers once they were set aside.
Well...that was the good news! As I got down to the second to last box....the bees really were getting a bit testy. They were zinging out of the hive and of course began to pepper me with little bumps. I was smug because my body was pretty well covered. Suddenly I heard this LOUD buzzing in my ear. Hmmmmm... suddenly I realized that I had bees EVERYWHERE inside my veil. I looked down and saw that I had crossed the ties on the veil before wrapping them around my body. So when I leaned down to pull a frame or super, a big ol' gap appeared for those upset bees to fly upward and in the veil. Gad....I not only felt stupid....but also pain. I ran like hell...and got away from the hive. Of course everyone kept following me. I finally was able to rip off the veil and release the angry girls.
End result of my stupidity: Only five stings on my head, ears and jaw. I think I was pretty lucky that they didn't get me on my lips, eyes or nose. It could have been much, much worse for the valuable lesson I learned about correctly tying my veil.
I gulped down 2-3 teaspoons of Benadryl and pulled back on my veil and went back to the hive and ended up pulling the bottom super and then replacing the other boxes back on the hive. So now I have four medium boxes on the hive. Two bottom are brood and the third and forth are pretty full of honey. Hopefully they will be ok and have enough to get them through the worst of the winter months.