Friday, July 29, 2005

i am the fifth fantastic

today i was le idiot and poured half a pot of boiling water on my arm while i was trying to drain the potatoes. a doctor's trip and four hours later, it looks absolutely sickening. there's the slick red skin, the melted smears, the little bubbling blisters...it looks like wet, wadded up tissue. only it is my skin. but i think the worst part is that i still have not discovered any newfound superpowers.

13 Comments:

Blogger parcequilfaut said...

G-d be thanked that you weren't hurt worse...I have a scar from a third-degree burn on my arm that is still doing its deep healing after a year, so I remember what that felt like.

In the meantime, vitamin E for the scarring works wonders.

2:41 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

yep, i am grateful indeed...it was only second degree and hopefully it will heal alright...is the scar very bad? they told me it might just be discoloured

8:12 PM  
Blogger parcequilfaut said...

Second degree usually doesn't scar as badly, but mine was a deep-tissue burn that got infected to boot. It's mostly lightened up, but third-degree burns tend to raise, plus I keloid pretty badly as it is. But it's not terribly noticeable; just looks discolored, and then on closer examination shows the raised skin around the discoloration, which is in the places where the burn was worst. You can see it, but it's hardly the most noticeable thing about me (it's only probably an inch and a quarter, if that, at its longest point) and I don't get particularly self-conscious about it; plus, it's kind of star-shaped, which is neat.

Like I said. Vitamin E that sucker up, and you should be fine.

5:06 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

hmm. ok. i was just unhappy about it bkz i burned my whole lower arm, so if it scarred, it would be awful...thank G-d, doesn't even hurt that much otherwise.

8:10 AM  
Blogger parcequilfaut said...

Second degree, G-d willing, shouldn't leave much of a mark. I scar easily, but have never showed marks for anything less than third degree, especially not scalding like that (and in chem lab I got first and second degree burns all the time, because I'm clumsy. Today I managed to hit the door frame with the entire right side of my body, excepting my face.)

Just don't scratch and hit it up with the vitamin E from the time it starts healing until the healing "itch" stops. I think they even make antibiotic ointment with vitamin E in it now, although I prefer the liquid stuff.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Ouch! I remember my second degree burn well--not fondly, but well. :( Seems to me I used vitamin E, too, at the time. (Is aloe vera also good?) I was also warned to stay out of the sun, on the grounds that, if I added a sunburn to the burn I already had, the skin would never recover. This will not be a good year for trips to the beach for you, I'm afraid. I wish you a r'fuah sh'lemah.

12:12 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

lol...shira, i can count on one hand the number of times i've been to the beach. and that's including lake michigan. but i appreciate the good wishes. and to keep you updated, parcequilfaut, thanks to the moisturizer and steroids, my skin has just fallen off (; healing cannot be far away...

11:37 AM  
Blogger dilbert said...

refuah shelama b'mehera. Hope the potatoes were tasty and worth it.

11:42 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

thanks. hah, no one's touched em...they're just sitting in our fridge

7:51 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I wondered what the potatoes were for. Don't remember having any on Shabbos.

8:18 PM  
Blogger fudge said...

sweet potatoes.

they're in the fridge, if you care to look at em.

i picked out most of the skin.

8:18 AM  
Blogger JC said...

UGH!! There is nothing worse than a burn. I am so sorry to hear that you were hurt. I hope that it heals soon.

4:37 AM  
Blogger fudge said...

thank you (' you are very sweet

3:53 PM  

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