21 May 2010

Brownie 911

A few days ago I was making brownies. I pulled the rack out of the oven with the hot pad, but then proceeded to grab the brownie pan with my bare hands. Needless to say I got quite a burn.

Getting a nearly 2nd degree brownie burn got me thinking...I really have no idea what to do in this situation.

According to wikihow.com,

First degree and second degree burns that are fewer than three inches in diameter are generally considered minor burns. These types of burns usually heal quickly with minimal care. Follow these steps to administer first aid for minor burns.

1. Immerse the burn in cool or cold water. Ideally, you should hold the burned area under cold running water for about five minutes (or till the pain goes away). Do not put ice on the burn, as this can cause further damage to the skin.
2. Do not put on a bandage. Bandages will cut off air so it will take longer to heal.
3. Take an analgesic (pain reliever). Any of the common over-the-counter pain relievers will work.
4. Look out for signs of infection. Infection is uncommon with burns of this type, but is possible if blisters pop and are exposed to dirt.

Luckily nurse Kyle was home to help. We quickly realized, however, that we have a poor excuse for a first-aid kit. He used 3-year-old Neosporin, an old t-shirt, and tape to fix me up. Then we made a b-line to Walmart to stock up our medicine cabinet.

We got a clear plastic container big enough to hold a variety of supplies.

We stocked up on the usual stuff: bandaids of all sizes, tape, gauze, Neosporin, anti-itch cream, cough drops, cold medicine, and stomach pills (I frequently suffer from tummy challenges). We made sure to pitch everything expired or purchased for us by our moms when we went off to college.

Now in the event of any crafting, baking, or woodworking emergencies we are prepared.


  1. An updated first aid kit is a great idea. I'm a little scared to take a look into ours!

  2. This is something I've got to do. All our supplies are here and there throughout the house. You've inspired me!

  3. I actually do this more often than I care to admit. With kids running around and multi-tasking, I just reach in a grab . . . ouch!!!! A GREAT natural miracle cure is an aleo vera plant. My mom always had one right be the window in our kitchen growing up. Every time she got a burn she would break off a leaf and rub the fresh aleo right on to the burn. Now I have my own plant (from a sprout of my mom's plant), and I use it almost weekly for my burns or kids burns. Instant relief and it heals in no time.

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  5. Oh dear! But I'm smiling that you took a "sad face" photo for your blog ;) Hope your thumb gets all better really soon.

  6. Hi Laura, I have a solution to your future brownie burns. It is a product I designed myself. Here is the link.


    Let me know what you think. Rory

  7. This is me with my glue gun-I burn myself nearly every time I use it!

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  8. Ugh- I hear ya on the stomach issue front. Funny story: over Christmas, I was getting a headache. We were at my grandma's and I asked her if she had any tylenol and she dug around in her cupboard and handed me the bottle. It expired in 1994. Needless to say, I decided to go with the headache rather than risk it. We also found boxes of Jello from the 1970s....so probably bought by her mom who owned the house before she did.


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