I was riding on one of my folding bikes last Sunday afternoon. I stopped at a red light. I felt something crawling around in my hair. Without thinking, I brushed it off-right on my finger's knuckle. It was one very mad bee. He/she/it (?) was so angry that it attacked my finger by stinging and leaving the stinger embedded into the joint. I felt a burning sensation and extreme pain. But not enough to cloud my thinking process. I retained the good sense to quickly pull the stinger out-before more damage and venom could flood my system. My finger-which is the primary braking finger-could not bend very well and the other fingers had to take over. I got the worst headache imaginable. My pedaling and balance on the bike was impaired to say the least. I had to really concentrate to keep riding/balance and point the bike in the right direction. Not into the wrong one where all the traffic was. But it did not stop here.
When I made it home, my knees could not bend anymore. My other joints also refused to cooperate. I never had any major problems like that before. So I took one Advil and applied Jointflex to the stiff joints (especially the knees), took a hot shower and went straight to bed. I slept for 12 hours (normally I get along well with 7-8 hours). I am still somewhat stiff and still have a headache, but not as bad as yesterday. I am experiencing some difficulty in climbing stairs. I will repeat the same routine as before with the Advil (Ibuprofen) and the Jointflex (Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate) and see the doctor in the morning.
I know my counterparts in Western Europe and Northern Europe and Canada is not very pleased with the medical and dental care offered in those countries, but at least you have coverage. Over here, the United States might have the best medical and dental care in the world, but most of it's citizens cannot afford it or access it when needed.