I spent a restless night because of the burn on my arm. Finally, about 4 pm I decided it was time to go to the doctor. My greatest fear was that the doctor or NP would poo-poo my pain and burn and treat me like a complaining child and send me home to tough it out.
Nope, the doctor wanted to give a shot of antibiotics, give me a tetanus booster/shot, give me an oral antibiotic, AND a cream. The arm must stay elevated. Whew! Cream was applied and a pad and elastic bandage added.
What drove me to the doctor was a huge wide band of red going around my arm plus the excruciating pain at the burn and at the site of the red band. It was not the streak up the limb, but a band around. Plus, strangely, the band was constricting my arm. The 1.5 inch wide constriction was like where a sock that binds has been worn and the impression stays.
The doctor and nurse were almost more concerned than I was. I vehemently objected to the tetanus shot. When I was 21, I was stiff for three days following a tetanus booster. People worry about my lack of protection. However, a few years ago, a guy who was a medic in the Army said I probably had immunity and that might be why I had such a reaction. I don't know.
I have received my fair share of burns in my life, but this is the first time I have ever gone to the doctor or had such a problem.
Ooops, I had better take the oral antibiotic. And, I need to find the remote. Actually, I need a way to find the remote instead of spending hours searching. A clapper?
NO TALK of ALOE plants. I am allergic to green stuff on my skin and especially any kind of inner liquid. Maybe I will try aloe on skin not already irritated.
Additionally: Most doctors at this urgent care walk-in disappear after 3 minutes in the room. This doctor came in five times. Usually, the techs who do everything never wear gloves. The woman who applied the ointment used gloves. As time went by, the severity of the situation hit me.
Have you ever had a "simple" burn turn on you?