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In case you were having a pleasant morning, we advise that you look elsewhere. Maybe spend this lovely afternoon outdoors in the warm weather? Go to the movies and see something you've been meaning to see, or grab a beer or two with friends. Because the contents of this story will be rather unpleasant, and will put a damper on the day of those who are unprepared. Please heed these warnings, for things will get utterly terrifying from here on out.
Alright, you've been properly notified. Don't blame us for what's about to come next.
According to news reports, a Taiwanese woman identified by the surname He went to visits doctors about an eye infection. When the medical experts at Fooyin University Hospital took a look at the poor distressed woman, they were surprised to discover four living bees were located inside her eye. [pauses for fainting]
The woman was reportedly experiencing severe pains in her eyes for an undisclosed amount of time, and the doctors discovered that the bees were not only living in her eyes but "feeding off her tear ducts under her swollen eyelids," according to the Taiwanese news channel CTS (via Business Insider). Talk about horrifying.
Dr Hung Chi-ting, the head of ophthalmology at Fooyin University Hospital, claimed during a press conference that the bees that were lodged in the woman's skull are typically found in fallen trees and/or near graves, and could be seen by someone hiking on a mountainside. When it comes to the 29-year-old woman who found the bees near her eyes, she was "visiting and tidying a relative’s grave with my family."
The woman said she squatted down and was attending to weeds at the gravesite. And that's most likely point around when these four bees made the move to live inside her head.
These insects swarming inside her body were later revealed to be sweat bees. While He claimed that she rinsed her eye with water at the time when the bees would have lodged inside her, she found herself constantly tearing up and experiencing a strong stingy sensation at the front of her head. As He explained:
I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies.
It should be noted that sweat bees traditionally do not sting people, and they are attracted to perspiration, as their name would suggest. That likely explains why the bees (blessedly) never stung the woman's eyeball, though provided constant irritation and fed off the woman's sweat and tears.
Thankfully, the woman didn't rub her eyes too excessively, which would've worsened her infection, and possibly could have led to blindness. It's unclear from this reporting, however, what exactly happened with the woman. Hopefully, the doctors removed the pesky bees in an efficient manner, and she's living the life of someone without bees living off of her tears.
Sorry for the nightmares. Hope you can enjoy the rest of your day in whatever form of peace you can regain — particularly after the visions you experienced from this. But hey, at least your vision wasn't soiled by sweat bees, right?