Dancing hives

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by Rose1976, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. Rose1976
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    I'm rereading The Stand and came across a term I didn't understand. When Colonel Deitz is at the CDC (where they are holding Stu Redman for observation) giving his report on the findings of the disease, he states that people only go to the doctor for certain things, one of those things he lists is "a bad case of the dancing hives". What is/are dancing hives? I tried looking it up online, figured it could be a slang term for an STD or something, but couldn't find anything about it. So, I figured the best people to ask are Stephen King fans. ☺ Hopefully someone has some insight on this that they would be willing to share.
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    It sounds like a reference to an STD doesn't it? The only other thing it might be that I can think of right now is that Stephen has spoken in the past of having had a bad encounter with some Poison Ivy... perhaps it is something like this?
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    That's a good thought. I didn't think of poison ivy. That would make sense, a rash that "dances" across your body if you're not careful. I'm still leaning towards an STD because Deitz is basically trying to make a point that people only go to the doctor for more serious ailments. Poison ivy, although a pain in the rear, is fairly common and easy to handle. My boys had it many times when they were younger, so I should be an expert on it by now. :laugh:
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    I agree with Flake, in that it is some kind of itchy rash that makes you fidget hence "dancing".
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  6. Spideyman
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    Could it be a case of Shingles? Or even just a bad case of hives( allergic reaction).
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    Having suffered from several allergic reactions resulting in hives, dancing about until medicine is injected is a recollection of mine. But I think in The Stand's case, Mr. King was pulling a funny.
  8. Rose1976
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    Lol. I'm pretty sure that's not what dancing hives is. Funny though, very funny.
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  10. Rose1976
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    Survey says?!
    Okay, so it looks like the majority so far think it's a rash due to an allergic reaction. Definitely sounds reasonable. I tell you though, this is one of those questions I'd love to ask Mr. King directly just for amusement sake. Well... That among the thousand other things I'd want to ask. Lol.
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    ...and me being a nurse, ya think I'd know better....:D
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    I think a Mod might need to ask Steve about the phrase "dancing hives". It's not in the Urban Dictionary and a Google search yielded no such term.
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    @ Moderator pretty please, M... with a fruit cheesecake on top?
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    I don't think The Ronnettes are meant, although they did do the doo...and their story w/Phil Spector is crazy...guy seems like a kind of Flagg character, truth be known.
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    ...dancing hives sounds to me like a good old hoedown in the apiary...
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    Have sent Steve an email and will let you know what he says.
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    I've received Steve's response and he's told me I can quote him. ;-D

    "I have no…f**king…idea."
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    :clap::lol:
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