I burned my stomach yesterday - 2nd degree hot water burns :(

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I burned my stomach yesterday - 2nd degree hot water burns :(
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 12:02pm

We were at my parent's house last night and I was helping my mom make dinner. I'd put the spaghetti into the boiling water and had the plastic spork to stir it. I lifted the spaghetti out of the pot to separate, have done this a hundred times before. Of course, this time the spaghetti fell off the spork in one huge drop and a tidal wave of hot water splashed out of the pot, directly onto my stomach.

I jumped back and I must have been screaming because my dad & my husband Danny ran in from outside. I immediately pulled my steaming wet shirt off my body, I felt like I was on fire. I was hopping up and down, crying. Danny was telling me it was going to be okay. I heard my dad say to Danny, "It's already blistered".

They got me to the sofa and my dad stuck an ice pack with a dish rag onto my bare stomach. Not the best idea because immediately the dish rag stuck to my blistered skin. Danny had already grabbed Neosporin, gauze & tape from the medicine cabinet and started bandaging me up. Oh my goodness, my skin was sizzling. I could see two quarter-sized popped blisters on my stomach. After he put on the gauze, I was able to put the ice back on it and numb the area a little bit. My mom pulled out the medical book and we read that cool water is best to run over a burn immediately afterwards, but that would have been difficult unless they'd stuck me in the shower! It says to cover with gauze and keep dry for 24 hours and then replace the gauze, use aloe vera and vitamin E to heal. Of course, I starting getting tight contractions for about an hour afterwards, probably from the stress and me jumping around.

He realized later that there was another cropping of blisters farther down on my stomach where I couldn't see and he put gauze and tape there, too.

I took some Tylenol before bed and the pain was okay, only aching when I rolled over to switch sides when I went to bed. This morning, the bottom gauze was loose so I took it off to change it. The area is full of unpopped blisters and the skin is hot pink. I couldn't remove the upper gauze where the bigger blisters are because the gauze is stuck to the skin :( I have a bright red stripe about 7" up the front of my stomach.

Fortunately it's not hurting and I'll just keep an eye on the area to see how everything heals up in a few days. The baby is still moving a lot which is reassuring. Of course he's pushing right up against the raw skin and that's when it hurts. I can't believe it was my stomach of all places...why couldn't it have been my arm or something :(

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Registered: 03-27-2003

Oh, geez! I'm so sorry that happened! :smileysad: I hope you heal quickly and aren't in too much pain.

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Registered: 07-07-2006

Oh goodness Julie, I bet that hurt! I've leaned to close to the stove before and got a tiny red spot but nothing to that extent. Take care and I hope it continues to heal easily....be careful too!

Jill, mommy to Chloe, almost 5, Oliver, 3 & baby Ella born 12-1-11 !
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Oh no! I hope you heal quickly. (((hugs))) I haven't enjoyed food or cooking for the majority of this pregnancy so that probably would have been the last straw for me. It would be take out and DH cooking for the next 9 weeks.
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Registered: 05-04-2011

Oh my gosh...you poor thing.

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Registered: 08-26-2010
:( Ouch!!! Feel better soon...
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Registered: 04-10-2009

Ouch! Burns are the worst, I can only imagine having one on my stomach! I hope you heal quickly!

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Registered: 03-25-2003

Omg, I hope you are okay!

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Registered: 02-22-2009

How horrible Julie!!!!

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Registered: 03-26-2011
Oh no! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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Registered: 09-20-2002
Thanks ladies, the Tylenol is wearing off and is starting to hurt again.
I called the doctor's office (mainly because the gauze is stuck in certain places and I thought I could go to the nurse's clinic and have them change the dressing instead of my husband) but they are telling me they want me to see a doctor for treatment and then send me to L&D for monitoring. So I'm leaving work now and going to the doctor's office :(
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