Life in Bitesize

Wasps put a Sting in my Summer

Posted on: August 27, 2009

Is it me or are there more wasps around this summer? Every time I go out for a Sunday lunch with my friends, or pop out for a nice evening drink we are bombarded by the pests who seem intent on ruining our gathering. I’m the type of person who jumps up and runs away screaming, my boyfriend on the other hand just sits very quietly and still until the wasp settles and then tries to whack it. Needless to say, my boyfriend has been stung about 3 times this summer, and I, so far, have escaped attack. wasp

Luckily, he doesn’t suffer from any allergy to wasps or bees, but it does get me thinking what I would do if I saw someone having an anaphylactic shock from a sting. I would hope they would be carrying the medication they needed to combat the effect of the sting, but someone who suffers severe reactions from stings may require resuscitation. I vaguely remember having first aid training whilst at school, but that was years ago, and any certificate I may have received must be well out of date by now. The fact that I can’t remember any of it is testament to that.

That’s why I’ve decided to book myself onto a first aid course – I really think they should be compulsory for everyone. More effort should be made to train up young people in schools and colleges, and new parents should definitely be taught first aid for babies and young children. So many lives could be saved if everyone knew a few life-saving tips.

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1 Response to "Wasps put a Sting in my Summer"

I once had a stand up fight with a wasp. We exchanged blows and I was well on top but ultimately I had to hide in the car as it wouldn’t give in.

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