Nine days ago I was taking a hot cookie sheet out of the oven and it quickly tapped my forearm. Usually with a burn I will immediately stop what I'm doing and ice it. But this burn was so insignificant, I just ignored it and continued making dinner.
It became painful during dinner so I started icing it a little but then I was in a hurry so just put that aside.
Within an hour or so the pain was gone. Didn't think too much about it.
Five days later, Saturday evening, Amy told me it did not look right. I told her it didn't hurt at all. She said it was welty looking and red.
So I thought, okay, I'll just put some Neosporin on it. I did and immediately it hurt. But the pain would not go away. The pain was there all night long.
I went to church the next morning, but it was hard focusing on the speakers with the throbbing going on in my arm, and the somewhat lack of sleep the night before.
So off to Kaiser I went. The Dr diagnosed it as a 2nd degree burn that was dried up before it healed (causing the pain). My arm was medicated and wrapped, a prescription in my hand, and I was out of there within 30 minutes total....and it was a Sunday! I love Kaiser.
I have silver sulfadiazine on my little wound. I googled it and found it is usually given only for severe burns. I don't like taking any meds unless I really need them, and I'm not sure I do. It does help with the pain, but not totally. I wonder if it's too late in this game to try Aloe Vera, or honey.
I also think it's a little odd this Dr wants me to keep this burn moist and covered and air tight for 10 days. My RN son Logan, says this is contrary to the advice he gives for burns. He explained when he was in the Philippines on his mission, wounds took forever to heal there because it was so moist and humid. He also told me that I could go to 6 different doctors and they would give nearly that many different opinions on burns.
I don't understand why there are such varying opinions on treating burns. Especially a little one like this.
Oh, and the doctor said the Neosporin did not cause my pain but just brought to my attention there was a problem. So thank you Amy.
So I'm just putting this out there to see if anyone has had a similar experience. How do you treat burns? Please tell me your burn story.
One thing I have learned so far is this: It is worth the time to put ice immediately on a small burn. It would probably keep a 1st degree burn from turning into a 2nd degree one.
See the little girl cuddling up to her Grandpa? That's our Katie. She would sit by me when my arm was hurting and ask how I was doing. When I got back from Kaiser, she would ask what the doctor said. If anyone is hurting, or crying, or sad, Katie zeroes right into them.
Our grandchildren are all so special to us in their own way.