Recently Paul lit up the woodstove for the first time since last year. Previously, we'd always had a fence around it, but the twins are older now and we hadn't put it up. Paul told the boys it would be hot, and then fired it up. Not ten minutes later, Reid was walking by on his way to the table, and put his hand out to touch the stove. He got burned. And it looked bad.
I felt terrible as I ran his hand under the cold water, and he screamed and sobbed, huge tears swiftly tumbling down his cheeks. Paul and I snapped at one another in our worry over what to do. I ended up spraying it with Dermablast, applying triple antibiotic ointment, and bandaging it before calling the doctor for an appointment. Luckily, they had appointments available that Saturday morning. I held a shaky Reid on the couch while we watched Caillou and bided our time until the appointment.
At the doctor's office, the nurses applauded our treatment of the burn. They applied some special burn cream (which would alleviate pain and prevent infection) before rebandaging it. We were prescribed some of the special cream, and told to keep the burn bandaged for a week. The key thing at this point was to prevent infection.
Do you think a 3 year old likes to keep a bandage on for a week? Not so much. So I drew a cat on Reid's bandage every single day (his request) so that he would leave it on.
Below is a picture of the burn. If you don't like graphic pictures, you might not want to scroll down any further. You can see why I was so horrified after it first happened - you know how painful it must have been!
Reid hert his hand and has a blistr. It hrtes rily bad. I got my frst day (aka first aid) kit. Mom got her frst day kit. Mom put a banddage on him. His blistr is big. Mom put medesin on it.
And every day Cort and Pierce both say, "Reid, is your owie hand feeling better?" Nice to see some brotherly concern, in the midst of the daily squabbles. I sure hope that's the last burn incident that we have in this family!