On day 248 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I busted out my first aid kit to treat a burn.
I had no idea that making a pot of tea could be so dangerous, but after attempting to pour near-boiling water into my steeping pot, I poured it on my hand instead.
Not one of my finer moments, to say the least. In true Stacy fashion, I was trying to do two things at once: clean the hot water reservoir of my coffee pot with vinegar and simultaneously boil water on the stove top.
I do a lot of dumb things, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done something that dumb. Honestly, I can’t remember when I’ve burned myself so badly. My knuckles and fingers immediately turned red, even after running them under cold water for several minutes. At the time, I wasn’t exactly sure how bad it was. No blisters had formed, but I knew it wasn’t just a simple burn.
When faced with a decision about whether to seek professional medical care, I usually ask myself the following question: “Would they do anything differently than I would do at home?”
Since that answer was no, I monitored it for the rest of the day, while intermittently icing it and applying Calendula ointment. Thankfully, this morning all that remained was a little redness – no blisters had formed.
But the experience was a good reminder that responsible self-care strategies should include knowing when to seek professional help. With so much medical information readily available these days, it’s easy to find answers to basic questions within minutes.
But…if blisters had formed, or if the pain had persisted, I would have found my way to urgent care. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: if you think you might need help, then you probably do.