Let’s all welcome Robbie Cheadle to the Indie Joint! It’s her first time here (but, I hope it won’t be her last) so let’s make her feel right at home.
Robbie, as the Warden here, you have all our attention. It’s not like they can go anywhere so take as much time as you need! Hahaha
I am terrified of bees. As a child, I never used to worry overly about bees and bee stings, but over the course of my life, each time I have been stung by a bee my bodies reaction has been stronger.
I don’t suffer from anaphylaxis which is when the venom from a bee sting sends the person into shock. My blood pressure doesn’t drop, and I don’t have difficulty breathing. I am one of the rare people in the world who gets a bacterial infection, which quickly leads to blood poisoning, from a bee string.
The first time this happened, I was quite ignorant about what was happening. I got stung on my middle toe by a bee while walking around in the grass outside. It was painful and I took an antihistamine and covered the site of the sting with an antibacterial cream and a plaster. By the following morning, my entire foot was swollen and red. I had a busy workday ahead, so I went to work anyway, wearing a slipper on the affected foot. By mid-day, my leg had swollen up to just below my knee and I felt unwell and feverish. I went home and lay down for the afternoon. When my husband came home, I asked him to take me to the emergency room as I didn’t feel well enough to drive. The doctor diagnosed blood poisoning and I was given a ten-day course of strong antibiotics, cortisone and antihistamines. The doctor thought the infection might have been introduced into my body with the stinger and had nothing to do with the bee itself.
The next time I got stung by a bee, just over a year ago, I initially seemed to be okay. I had recently had a throat infection and had been on antibiotics for a week. I didn’t notice any significant swelling until the following day. My entire foot swelled up as well as my ankle. A red line ran from the site of the sting up my foot and past my ankle. Once again, I had to go to the emergency room and have a 10-day course of antibiotics. I also had cortisone and antihistamines. This time it took three weeks before I could walk properly on my foot.
As a result, I know have an aversion to bees and see them as being the “bad guys” in my life. When Kaye Lynne Booth announced her Word Crafter short story competition last year, with paranormal as its theme, the idea of working bees into my story came into my mind. June, the main character in my short story, Last of the Lavender, is highly allergic to bees. To suit the needs of my story, I made her a sufferer of anaphylaxis rather than blood poisoning. Death from anaphylaxis occurs much quicker than with blood poisoning and it has some interesting symptoms which I worked into my story such as rapid swelling around the eyes, lips, tongue and throat; trouble breathing or swallowing, wheezing or hoarseness, dizziness, a reddish rash or hives, stomach cramps and passing out.
I enjoyed writing this short story and was pleased at how well my effort to include bees and a life-threatening bee allergy worked.
A paranormal anthology with nine stories from six authors, including the winning story in the 2019 WordCrafter Paranormal Short Fiction Contest, A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known, by Jeff Bowles.
Hello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about my mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.
I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.
I also have a book of poetry called Open a new door, with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.
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