Self-Care Challenge (Day 248): Treating a Burn

natural burn ointment

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. In true Stacy fashion, I had been trying to do two things at once: clean the hot water reservoir of my coffee pot with vinegar (something I had neglected to do a few days ago) and boil water on the stove top (due to task #1).

I do a lot of dumb things, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done something that stupid. Honestly, I can’t remember when I’ve burned myself so badly. My knuckles and fingers immediately turned red, and remained so 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.

My mind wandered back to my clinical days working with burn patients. Obviously, this burn was minor in comparison, but it reminded me that early care is critical. Since I felt confident applying basic first aid, I decided to treat it first and then watch it closely to see if I needed further treatment.

When faced with a decision about whether to seek out professional medical care, I usually ask myself the following question: “Would they do anything differently than I would do at home?”

For the rest of the day, I monitored it closely 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 probably 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.

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