I scraped off the layer of paste and applied a second one. He would not be consoled. I blew on the paste to make it dry faster and then scraped and applied again. After about half an hour of this, he gradually calmed down. A red mark the size of a quarter was all that remained near his elbow. I sent him back out to play. After he showered and was ready for bed I checked it again and he was fine.
By noon the next day, his arm started to swell. (I found out later that delayed reactions are common with hornet stings.) By the following morning the angry red hard skin stretched from his wrist nearly to his shoulder and almost all the way around. I called the doctor and made an appointment. She sent us straight up to Primary Children’s Medical Center.
So this morning when I noticed the swelling on this new bite I was not happy. We went about our normal activities, attended church, threw a birthday party for one of the Gym Rat’s closest friends, and made a million chicken chimis and a huge German chocolate cake. Bossy and Gamer also rolled about 60 tamales.
Tonight when things finally settled down, we looked at Sport’s arm again. It had grown to about six inches long and four inches across. He forced down the Benadryl and some ibuprofen. I’m not looking forward to another night at the hospital…I’ll keep you posted.