- The pictures contained herein are potentially vomit-causing if you are faint hearted or light of stomach. Proceed with your eyes open or with your eyes closed, whichever you choose. I am not too faint of either organ, so I find the pictures really rather amazing.
- Day 3: Back at home. Shiny stuff is antibiotic ointment my nurse sister-in-law gave me.
- Day 6: That little drip there is from a tiny pin-prick sized hole in the blister. The hole happened by itself. I made sure to take exceptional care that no infection entered so that it would continue to heal well.
Lesson Learned #1: Buy your donuts. Don’t make them.
Lesson Learned #2: Water and hot oil DO NOT MIX. They cause explosions. If you DO decide to make your own donuts despite the warning in Lesson Learned #1, use dough that is dry, i.e. you JUST made it. You DIDN’T put it in a lidded container overnight in the refrigerator to collect condensation (water.)
Lesson Learned #3: When you get the donuts out of the hot oil, use LONG TONGS. Not a short fork. This will allow more time for your hand to escape if there is an explosion.
Lesson Learned #4: DO NOT…I REPEAT…DO NOT USE BUTTER OR MARGERINE OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF FATTY SUBSTANCE TO ATTEMPT TO SOOTHE THE BURN.
Lesson Learned #5: DO put your burned part straight into a pot of ICE WATER.
Lesson Learned #6: If ice is not available, cut a bunch of tomatoes in half and squish up the insides a little and put them on the burn. You’ll need a lot of tomatoes.
Lesson Learned #7: Crack an egg. Smear the white all over your burn. Apparently this helps with reducing scarring. Peel the thin white layer out from the inside of the shell and put that on there too. (Lots of people told me about this after the fact.)
Lesson Learned #8: DO NOT POP THE BLISTER. It is your body’s protection against infection in the burn. It will be hard to keep it unpopped, but it is worth it. Once it does pop, you have to keep VERY sure it doesn’t get infected.
Lesson Learned #9: Accept help. The school secretary (Lesa) told me about a parent (TJ) who I had never met. TJ is a wound care nurse. I called TJ, explained who I was, who told me to call her, and why I was calling. She didn’t know me from Adam (as my mom would say…who is Adam, anyway?), but she drove to my house right away, on her way to taking her kids to school and going to work. She looked at my hand from her car window with me in my pajamas and slippers standing in the driveway. She gave me Silvadene (burn medicine) and adaptic (non-stick gauze) and told me what to do. I did it, and no scarring is the result. Now, TJ is my friend for life.
Isn’t it amazing???
I’d love to hear your burn stories and your burn cures…
– The Goat Cheese Lady