Newspaper, Second degree burns and the Flu…
Alright…I have been meaning to blog about a LOT of things here in the last few weeks yet, despite January’s kick off at the Ritz Carlton it ended with a lot of gauze, Kleenex and ibuprofen.
Mid-month I was interviewed for Lynchburg’s News and Advance (http://www2.newsadvance.com/lifestyles/2011/jan/28/local-artist-follows-musical-dream-ar-805704/). My EP release was in November and I had contacted them to run the story of this musical journey. I finally heard back last month and set up the interview. They attended my show on the 17th, a performance I mustered through having caught whatever vicious cold was running through this city.
It had been a week before that show I discovered I was allergic to a number of things. It wasn’t unexpected that I ended up sick, as my system was in a massive detox, so it was the night before my show and I was working to thwart what felt like a sore throat. Massive amounts of green tea have always helped, so I took my recently purchased KitchenAid kettle and filled it to the “fill line” in hopes of a few cups of tea while I nursed myself out of this cold.
What happened next was like watching 30 seconds in slow motion. I picked up the kettle, and flipped the spouts lid, eyes the spout with cup (like you would do without thinking at this point) and began to pour. My mouth dropped as I watched the water hiccup out of the spout completely missing the mug and cascading down the back of my hand and onto the stove top. Torn between wanting to figure out how that even happened and the blinding pain now shooting from the back of my left hand, I dropped the kettle and the mug, ran to the sink and started running cold water on it. Standing there, I looked at my hand fearing the absolute worst…third degree burn. I knew it needed to stay cold, but fI had NO clue what to do next. I’ve never burned anything that didn’t have to do with sun exposure.
What followed, I can honestly say, was the most painful 7 hours of my life. Every 10 minutes, it felt like boiling hot water was running over my hand again, and I was in the bathroom running cold water over my hand and re-wetting the cloth I had it wrapped in. I saw a pharmacist at Walgreens, because true to US medicare, it would have cost a small fortune to go to the ER so I asked the pharmacist if he thought it was necessary and they gave me direction as to how to handle the burn for the coming weeks. He was honest with me, and said it would get worse before it got better and would likely take weeks to heal.
Then I promptly got the flu.
Makes sense, body was detoxing, fighting a cold already, and now a burned hand…so my friend who had the best intentions the night of the burn, unintentionally passed on the flu she’d been battling that week. I had a show the next night. It was advertised in the paper and people had reserved diner tables to see me play…the show must go on! That Saturday night, I played with a burned left hand, a fever, and a sore throat to an audience who only heard something wonderful – to my surprise.
A week later, one more show after, my hand has never looked worse. I have tried three other times to fill the kettle to the “full line” and repeatedly the same thing happened – it exploded over the cup. I have had a number of people suggest suing this corporation for creating a product that has the potential to cause severe burns; especially on the coat tails of lawsuits like McDonald’s…