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

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Registered: 09-20-2002
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: 08-17-2005

oh Julie, soo sorry

KELLY THANKS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL SIG
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Registered: 04-14-2011
Julie- glad to see u are going to doctors. I'm thinking you need Silvadene topically for the burns. Neosporin isn't really meant for burns. Keep us posted!
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Registered: 04-18-2011
How scary! :( I hope it heals quickly and feels better soon.
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Registered: 11-05-2004

OUCH!!! I am so sorry!!! I hope it heals quickly!!!

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Registered: 09-20-2002
Thanks for all the good thoughts ladies...I left work at 3pm to meet the doctor. They had to carefully remove the gauze from the night before but of course it was stuck to the most badly burned sections on my upper stomach. He moistened it but unfortunately had to just pull gently and the skin all came off :( I have two bright red open wounds an inch around each on my upper abdomen and a smattering of smaller unopened blisters that runs straight down about 7" long.

The doctor laid on a medicated moist gauze and then layered gauze on top of that. He had to use a sensitive skin paper tape because regular tape irritates my skin and makes me get a rash (of COURSE, it does! LOL). I have to go to the nurse's clinic on Thursday and have it checked and redressed.

Afterwards they wanted me to go to L&D for monitoring. Fortunately it wasn't too busy and I got a room right away. So they hooked me up and checked out things for 30 minutes while I watched the news. And they brought in a sonogram machine to look at the baby. He was sleeping the whole time, which is very unusual because generally the moment I sit down he starts moving around a lot! I got to see his little face & hand (he's still head-down, hurray!) and his foot was flexed and pressing up against the top side of my uterus.

I asked her, "is it still a boy?" LOL But she couldn't see because THAT part was under the gauzed section ;)

All in all, feeling better. It's still very sore, especially when I get movement from inside pressing against that section of skin. I can feel that the upper wounds are moist under the gauze and probably leaking but nothing is coming out through the gauze, so that's okay. I have to watch for any signs of infection, fever, redness outside of the gauzed area, etc.
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Registered: 05-04-2011

I'm glad that you're feeling better, but that really sucks that the skin came off with some of the gauze.

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Registered: 09-20-2002
I went to the nurses' clinic yesterday, as my doctor had instructed me. It was 4:10pm (the office closes at 5pm) and the receptionist told me that the nurses' stop doing bandage changes at 3pm because "sometimes they take a long time". But I'm standing here, there is nobody else in the office, it will take about 10 minutes! Ugh, she wouldn't budge, seriously. I snatched back my ID card and left! Sheesh....

So last night my husband Danny changed the dressing. The doctor had given me extra Bedatine (sp?) strips and paper tape and we already had gauze padding. First off, I couldn't get the gauze off, it was stuck to the nastiest open wound again. Danny carefully removed it and I took a look in the mirror and burst into tears. It is so nasty looking, I can't believe I did this to myself. I have two big open red wounds each about 1" in diameter and there are still big white blisters full of liquid that run down my stomach. I don't know if those will eventually pop or if they will absorb back into the skin. In between the blisters are stripes about 1 to 1.5" wide of reddish brown burnt skin that is puffy that runs down about 7". And having it hit the air just hurt so bad.

So as anxious as I was to get the gauze off and take a look at it I couldn't wait to get the gauze and tape back on immediately!

Danny was very gentle and bandaged me up well again. I just don't know how this thing is going to heal? I expect I'll be having to keep it bandaged for a very long time, probably during my entire pregnancy because I imagine the wounds will just keep reopening as my stomach expands?
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Registered: 03-01-2011

Oh Julie, I just read all your posts. I really hope everything heals up quickly. I can totally imagine your concern and pain though with the skin stretched so tight over your belly. Hopefully the wounds heal quickly enough that they won't reopen as your belly stretches.

Trish

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Registered: 05-04-2011

Oh, Julie, how awful.

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Registered: 03-22-2011
I was gonna ask that, what does the doctor expect to happen if your belly get any bigger. Or if the baby changes the way he wants to lay?