Just had one of my childhood chronic nightmares for the first time in years, and for the first time it was actually scary and painful during the dream, not just afterwards. My dad and I were covered in hornets, being stung repeatedly. Not fun, especially because wasps do get into the attic sometimes, so I was afraid when I woke up that they might be real and didn’t dare move.
Normally, the dream has followed the same pattern since I was three or four years old: I’m at some kind of family gathering and everyone is covered in insects (spiders, cockroaches, ants the size of Shetland ponies), but we’re all calm and proceed normally. It’s usually only after I wake up that I’m scared and creeped out, wondering whether the tickles on my arms and legs are normal tickles or real creepy crawlies. I don’t know what it means that this time was upsetting even before I woke up.