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Friday, October 31, 2008

Rice, Stings, and Leia

Two weeks ago I got stung by a bee while weeding my lawn. It hurt, but we got some baking soda paste on it pretty quickly and that helped.

But by Sunday morning my hand was swelling.

I started popping Diphenhydramine pills like they were candy ...candy I was only allowed to eat two of every six hours.

It helped the redness, but not the swelling.

So, I started my own RICE project (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate). The ice helped the redness get redder, but did nothing for the swelling.

Am I allergic to bees? Am I going to need to start carrying around an epinephrine pen?

We had to go to the doctor anyway, so I asked her about it. She glanced at my hand, took note of the fact that the swelling was slowly creeping across my hand, pointed out that it was also heading up my arm and told me that the bee had given me an infection. "You were stung by a dirty bee," she quipped.

So now I'm popping these instead:


Speaking of Rice [bag] Projects:
Due to a "coincidental" set of events, my mom was interviewed on the radio.

I was graciously given the opportunity to share that segment with you, so if you'd like to listen to it you can find it at the above link or on Sonlight's site. It's less than 5 minutes in length.

In other news, we're having a typical Holzmann party at our house tonight: Come whenever, bring whatever, do whatever. We're low key, but we love hosting parties and people seem to like to come. But we haven't figured out what we're going to "be" tonight. Last year I was a very white Frozone.

But Kelli reminded me of the time that Brittany and I were Han Solo and Princess Leia. So, to commemorate, here's a picture:

Luke and Brittany as Harrison and Carrie

Have a wonderful, blessed, and safe weekend with your friends and family. See you all on Monday!

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Craig and Heather said...

Sorry about the sting. My brother in law is super allergic and has to be prepared...Funny, the pic of you with your new prescription even resembles him a bit--only he has dark hair.

Several years ago, my hubby had a similar thing happen with a little splinter he got in his elbow. Staph. And his entire arm ballooned up. Since it didn't bleed and wasn't exposed to the air, the bacteria just decided to hang out and multiply, I guess.

It's good you all caught it before it got too far! Hope it clears up well.

Cute pic of the two of you, also :)

I wanted to comment on your previous post, but am still digesting it.


Kate said...

The Incredibles is our all time favorite movie. (Well, maybe it's a tie with Enchanted.) Anyway, Frozone is an costume excellent choice.


Jennifer Sr. said...

LOVE the Han Solo and Leia!! Tonight my husband and I dressed as Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife. I took pics of him, but there aren't any of us together. I am always behind the camera.... And your more serious posts don't get comments from me because I have to think about them so long!!! (a good thing)

Luke Holzmann said...


Isn't it amazing how little things can totally throw us off... like bacteria. Blows my mind <smile>.


We love The Incredibles as well.


I'm glad my posts are sometimes thought-provoking. If you get gather some thoughts, I'd love to hear them! And I don't recall seeing any pictures of your Dog the Bounty Hunter on your blog... <smile>



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