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Let the bee puns commence!

I’m on three blood pressure meds and I haven’t had a meds check in years; got a note in my last packet of drugs telling me I have to go in or they’re cutting me off.

So. Doctor’s appointment today. Just putting on my shoes to leave the house and…I step on a bumblebee. This answers two burning questions: 1. Yes. Bumblebees sting. 2. No, they don’t shed their whole backend and die like honey bees.

At least, this guy looked okay afterwards. I scooped him up in a jar and took him outside, which I thought was damn decent of me, all things considered.

I didn’t get too much of a dose, I guess. I didn’t smush him, and — unexpectedly, I must say — my bp was a very calm and collected 120/70.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 19, 2018, 8:00 pm

Though now — six hours later — the sumbitching thing is starting to tune up and hurt. Bath, I think.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 19, 2018, 9:51 pm

You were at the doctor and you didnt think to ask him for some heroin for the bee sting????

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 19, 2018, 10:09 pm

I have white coat syndrome. My BP is way up there when my doc checks it. 180s/100. When my coworkers check it at work its usually 1teens/60. I’m on one BP med and he finally cut my dose in half after took him in 2 weeks worth of BPs from my workmates.

Comment from Weaseltablet3
Time: June 19, 2018, 10:19 pm

They made me wear a 24 hour monitor for a while, to be sure I didn’t have white coat syndrome. I don’t. Both my parents were hypertensive, so…*shrug*

It’s my only discernible health issue. I ain’t complaining.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: June 19, 2018, 11:40 pm

120/70 is quite fine.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 20, 2018, 12:00 am

How long did it take to get the doctor’s appointment? We never know what to believe about the NHS…

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 20, 2018, 5:19 am

“At least, this guy looked okay afterwards.”

ITYM “this gal”, unless the bee was a drone. Which AFAIK never leave the hive, except on mating flights.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 20, 2018, 1:25 pm

Well if no one else is going to do it…

You should have just let her Bee.

They used to put a paste of baking soda on my stings. I prefer whiskey taken internally now.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 20, 2018, 1:41 pm

Have any other insects been mentioned here? I’ll have to *comb* through the archives.

(Trying to work out a pun involving “mellifluous”)

Comment from Jon
Time: June 20, 2018, 4:48 pm

That would be a sweet pun Wolfus.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 20, 2018, 5:28 pm

Will a limerick do?

There once was a young man named Lewis
Whose farts were rather mellifluous
Till he was stung in the ass by a bee
And thereafter you see
His farts all sounded B-Flat to us.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2018, 7:28 pm

Some Veg, I appreciate the sentiment, but the scansion is poop.

ExpressoBold, *some* of the stuff you read about the NHS is true. I have mixed feelings — though I prefer the American system by a lot.

But, as a guest availing myself of services I haven’t paid for (not for very long, anyway), I don’t like to be critical. In public. Where it wouldn’t sound very good for my immigration status.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 20, 2018, 8:27 pm

Are you even sure you need three different meds? I’m a believer in the Big Pharma conspiracy stuff where basically people are given meds they don’t need so the fat cats can get fatter at taxpayer expense.

Hypertension is a great catch-all. They can give you an ACE inhibitor that does nothing if your BP is OK. A beta blocker in such a low dose it does nothing. And maybe a diuretic that has you peeing more and then drinking more to replace the fluid.

Often the patients gets the meds free or very low prices. What the patient doesn’t know is that Big Pharma is vacuuming up the govt subsidy in the backroom.

So we pay higher taxes to cover the cost of medicine we really don’t need while a few laugh all the way to the bank.

The holter monitor thing is more of the scam. Did they make you fill out a “diary” too?

Remember, all drugs have some level of rebound effect when you drop them. This is why otc sinus meds are so hard to kick. Caffeine too.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2018, 9:58 pm

I take your point, Tom. I must say, though, they fiddled my meds for years before lighting on this combination. My bp was stubborn.

But I’m not sure I still need such doses. That’s the lowest mine has ever been…

Now, statins. There’s a racket. I won’t do statins.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 21, 2018, 1:41 am

Bee puns? How about a visual bee pun? How about a bathroom humor visual bee pun?

I once had a very nice coffee table book on the history of the ways humans have dealt with their excreta, and it had lots of nice photographs of all kinds of enclosures, receptacles, appliances, and plumbing. There was an English manufacturer of men’s upright full-length porcelain urinals who advertised that his urinals were NO SPLASH! His method involved a special shape to the curved bottom part of the urinal, but the user had to aim at a specific spot to avoid splashing. To provide a visual cue he glazed in a drawing of a honey bee at the right place.

What’s the pun? The Latin name for honey bee is Apis mellifera.

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