“Incredible pain, right arm and leg going numb.”
Adding to the chaos of last year’s health crisis, scientists in the Pacific Northwest confronted an invasive and infamous insect species — nicknamed murder hornets — which had crossed the ocean and arrived in the US at maybe the worst possible time. The wildlife predators are, unfortunately, still buzzing around the continent today, and occasionally messing with humans — apparently including Rose McGowan.
The activist and actor recently took to Twitter with an alarming update and request for advice from knowledgeable social media followers.
“I was just stung by a Murder Hornet,” she wrote in the first of several tweets, which included an informative BBC video about the enormous critters known for destroying bee populations, and endangering crops and ecosystems.
While a single murder hornet sting usually isn’t life-threatening, their bites are notoriously painful. “Incredible pain, right arm and leg going numb. Heart racing,” Rose’s tweet continued. “Any tips?”
After confirming that she’d successfully “smashed” the offending insect, Rose said her symptoms worsened a few hours later. “My vision is now fuzzy,” she wrote in another tweet. “My balance is off. I am in the middle of nowhere.”
Thankfully, someone came through with insightful recommendations for Rose about hornet stings and how she should proceed.
The next day, it sounded like Rose’s bite hadn’t left more than a fleeting impression. “Thank you to all of you who helped me get through the Murder Hornet situation,” she tweeted. “Thanks for ‘listening.'”
IDK what to take away from this except dread and anxiety, since I’d kind of forgotten that murder hornets are a thing and definitely never knew their stings can lead to vision loss! And also balance issues! Glad to know that Rose is doing okay, though.
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