Feeling Hot Hot Hot


Things that are useful when you've scalded three fingers of your right hand:

  • Your left hand

  • Cold running water

  • A large jug to periodically fill with cold water

  • A large supply of burn lotion

  • A supply of paper towels to improvise temporary finger bandages

  • Selotape to hold them together

  • A small pair of scissors

  • A box of disposable surgical gloves, which can hold the improvised bandages in place

  • A mother who suggests this temporary procedure


Things that are not useful:

  • Plasters that require two hands, teeth and possibly a hammer to get out of the packaging

  • A father who breezily tells a cheerful anecdote about how you burned your hand when you were five

  • Your small collection of first aid certificates, because somehow first aid courses only teach you how to fix up other people


Things to remember:

  • It's a bad idea to cook when you're drunk


5 comments:

  1. Ouch.

    Get well soon.

    And might I suggest some baking soda paste--mix some baking soda and water til they resemble a paste and apply it to your burnt fingers. Leave it on for a few hours and reapply a new paste if the pain returns. It helps to soothe the burns.

    And try some aloe afterwards to promote healing. And take some Tylenol or pain reliever.

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  2. This isn't really a comment on your post and more about bitching about the American health system.

    I loved the Thermazene that I was given when I got burned. It was soothing and cooling. Although my tuition covered the doctor's visit, I had to pay out of pocket for the ointment. That crap cost me $90 for a tube that's about as big as a travel sized tube of toothpaste.

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  3. @Eroswings:

    Baking soda on burns? Never heard of that one before - but if it works, great.

    Probably quicker than my own solution - three solid hours with my hand in cold water, followed by 36 hours hand wrapped up. I'm fine now though - just a slight "hot" tingling.



    @Aethelread:

    Thanks, my fingers are quite recovered enough now to type this.

    The voice in the back of my head reminding me how idiotic I was to get burned isn't so happy.



    @David:

    It's a familiar story. The country with the best and fastest advancing medical technology...is one which doesn't want to use it. It's actually one reason I don't want to be employed over there.

    From what I read about the health care reform bill, it's gone from "medicare for all" to "forced insurance for everyone".

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  4. Happy New Year, Kapi (and Kapilets household)!!!

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    Hope you're feeling better.
    Best wishes for a wonderful, fun New Year. Stay warm and cozy.

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