On Emergencies and How Presence of Mind Saved Me

WARNING: This post contains graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing.


ACCIDENT
noun

an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.

This is what exactly happened to me last Thursday evening. I was alone at home and busy preparing in the kitchen. Nothing different and nothing special either. Dinner was supposed to be some fried fish and sauteed bean sprouts. The first batch were fried beautifully and then the next thing that was fried was skin. 😦

I was about to turn the darn fish so I removed the cover, unfortunately, the frying pan slipped off the burner and the hot, boiling oil splashed towards my direction. Thankfully, I was able to jump away, only that my right leg was not spared.

Burn situation on the night of the incident:

It was so hot that I screamed on top of my lungs! After the splash of hot oil, I ran to the bathroom to run water on my leg and hand for at least 3 minutes. After a while, I can already feel the pain and my skin is numbing, too. So I went to our room and applied some Aloe Vera gel on the affected areas because I read before that it helps a lot, specially on skin burns. After getting some relief, I made a call to my husband and told him that we need to call a doctor because the pain was so bad and I don’t think I can even walk.

Fifteen minutes after I put down the phone, he arrived and called for house doctor but the response was just slow! I cannot believe that they arrived only after 2 hours and 45 minutes but I cannot complain anymore because I was already tired screaming due to the awful, awful pain and all I wanted was to be relieved.

The doctor quickly cleaned my wounds. He applied Silven (a topical cream for burns) and then covered my leg with gauze and bandage. I was also given anti-tetanus shot. According to the doctor, it was almost a second degree burn but since first aid was applied correctly, severe damage was avoided. We were advised to visit the hospital the following Saturday morning so they can check if there will be blisters and if I will be given antibiotics.

Saturday Morning Hospital Check Up

During the check up there were few blisters on the lower part of my leg towards the foot area and the nurse poked it and remove the extra skin. (so sorry about this). So now, that’s considered to be open wounds, I should brace myself for more pain. Again my wound was cleaned and wrapped in bandage. They also gave me some antibiotics to take for the next 5 days. Our next visit will be after 2 days, which will be on Tuesday.

For the past days I have been very dependent to my husband because I cannot even walk properly. The simple task of walking to the toilet is just darn hard. For now, he is in charge of the daily chores and on top of it is taking care of me and my simple demands such as getting water or preparing food.

This was my first emergency in my entire life and I hope it will also be the last. But despite the unfortunate event, I am still thankful for several things:

  • I am thankful that I had presence of mind during that terrible situation and I get to apply the proper first aid on my wounds.
  • I am thankful to have my husband by my side all throughout and that was just a few minutes away from home when I made the call about what happened to me because I was not left alone to bear the pain.
  • I am thankful that we got the medical attention that we need and all we have to do is be patient with the healing process.
  • I am thankful that what I had was not as serious as a third degree burn.
  • Lastly, I am thankful for my family and closest friends support that despite the distance, I felt their love and concern.

Sometimes, we cannot avoid bad things to happen but I learned to see the good things, no matter what. That’s life and we have to deal with it. But for now, I hope and pray for complete healing.

You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of minds. Claim and consciously use your power.

– Louise Hay

xoxo berryduchess

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26 Comments

    1. Thanks Joanne! I cannot wait for that to happen! 🙂 i cant sit for a long time too thats and i am beyond late with my blog posts but i will try my best to keep with at least with my writing.

        1. Yes mam! Im just not used to this. :)) but with what happened, i appreciate what people with disabilities are going through every day. Getting used to the difficulties is really a survival skill.

  1. Dang! keep the area cool and dry and keep applying the Aloe vera then rewrapping the area with the gauze and cling, but most of all stay safe 🙂

      1. oof, pls make sure that none of the blisters pop, very important for healing, I do first aid for my workplace and seen plenty of burns where people aren’t careful 😦

        1. Oh no people tend to pop them because they aren’t careful, they bump or poke. Let the hospital handle it 🙂 lol my bad, didn’t mean to worry ya

        1. Yep. I badly need it. Pero once a day ko lng iniinom kasi malakas sia. And if i can tolerate the pain, kinakaya ko. But im expecting more pain sa susunod na araw

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