I know this is an old thread, but I was searching out where to get stingz kits or Epipen and I came across you all.
Yesterday, I was up in the North Back woods, and I do mean back woods and we went to some secret Portage lakes that you had to carry your boats and track through the bush, maybe 70 yards from accessible lake to no accessible. The fish were outstanding. While this is a bee site, I am sure bee people fish. The avg Keeper Sunfish/Blue Gill were going 3/4 pound and when the Crappie Started about 4:30, in the exact same water that we fished for hours with nothing but Sunnies and bass, they craps were no less than a 1lb a piece. As some Thunderheads were rolling in, and us needing to get two john boats and a ton of gear for 7 people back through the woods to our powered boats, the let go. So we stayed under the trees and small boats for it to let up. Something bit me, I did not feel it, we were bit by horse flies and mosquitos all day. My mouth and lips were swollen and I did not feel a bit. I am on Humira, an immunio suppresent, have been for two years, but have not been in the back woods like that since I was a kid in the Florida Everglades. I have been bit by more bees than I care to think about as a young kid, intentionlly playing with them. Well, yesterday, my body at almost 50 years old said Enough is enough. We were 95 miles on 30 mph winding roads to the nearest town of anything open at now, 6pm. My wife stopped at just about every small place we could and found a bar and a lady sent some men to her house to get me some benydril. I think it probably saved my life, to be honest and not dramatic. I quickly swallowed 3 caps, praying that the vomiting would supside long enough for them to dissolve. From my Sturnum and still a bit today to my throat, I was a mess. To Top it off, I already have a screwed airway, as I am on bi-pap for Sleep Apenea and my pressures are 17/12 for those that understand that, so you can imagine. Other than my military time in combat, I do not think anything has ever scared me like that. I really thought I was going to die. Seeing all those things that I said I would do that I have never done. Like your life flashing in front of your face and all I could think about was my 18 month old grandchild, I hope just the first of many.
Two things came to my realization yesterday and last night. NEVER be without at least benedryl in my boat at all times, truck and ever car I own now, as well as a Stingz kit or epipen or many. In my first Iraq visit in the early 90s, we came across some comatminants and we used, were instructed to use our pens. I did not need too, I had no reactions, some did and one died. Surely from the powerful injections we had with us. The second thing I realized, is I am retiring for good. I have been fortunate enough if we live NORMAL lives, we are good for a long time, as we have been fortunate, after my military service in business..
It is hard for a man like me, on his own since he was 16 to admit he was scared. I was scared because we were so far out in the woods, I thought, well, what a beautiful place to die and spread my ashes right where I fall.
So, it is a prescription, I thought maybe I could go into Mills Fleet Farm and buy it. Good to know, it will be something I will have in all vehicles for my family and others, just like I have a wallet.
Thanks for the great post all and EMT..