I was cooking my dinner, and when I turned my pork chop, it slid off the fork, and hot oil sloshed onto my right hand. I got it under cold water right away, and I kept it in cool water for nearly an hour. I had burns on my thumb, three fingers and a bit on the palm. As it turns out, significant burns are on two fingers and the thumb. The others are just slight.
While I soaked the hand in a pitcher of water, I carried it around while I looked for my bottle of aloe vera, nowhere to be found. I'm guessing I loaned it to someone. I was considering what to do. I did not want to drive in to the ER, 20 miles over hilly curves, some gravel, all while trying to balance a pitcher of water! I could call a neighbor, of course, but the other thing is, I was not at all enthused about going to the ER. Past experiences at the one here have not been great. Likewise, I didn't think it would be wise to drive in for another bottle of aloe gel, so I was looking for alternatives in the house.
I was in considerable pain and not thinking clearly, I'm sure. In fact, I took a pain pill about 10-15 minutes into this. It must have been 30 minutes into it that I realized, duh! I have aloe vera plants! One of them is huge, leaves 14-16 inches long and nearly 2 inches across. Lots of healing gel in those! So I began sacrificing the poor plant.
I was having trouble keeping the gel on the burns, until I realized I could cut open a chunk, wrap it around my fingers, hold it in place with gauze and tape. It looks goofy, but it worked. And since I burned my right, dominant and, it was very challenging to get this accomplished! I'm a total klutz when using my left hand. Here is a glamor shot:
Weird, but functional! When I went to bed, I slid my hand inside a microfiber mitten, the kind you use for dusting. I had washed all my microfiber dusting cloths, so thank goodness it was clean. It was nice and roomy, and held everything in place overnight.
This morning I rewrapped everything with fresh aloe. Look at this blister. It's a doozy!
None of the blisters are deep ones. Today they are uncomfortable, but not painful. Now before anyone starts lecturing, yes, I will see my doctor tomorrow. Just no ER.
BTW, do you know how hard it is to type with only the left hand and the index finger on the right?