Burn incident. My personal story and What to do when you have injury from burn.

Today, I want to talk about BURNS. 

Everyday, we use household items that could cause burn injury.

The other day, I burned my leg badly by spilling hot water on my leg. 

I had prepared hot water for my tea and I put hot water in my thermos so I can enjoy hot tea when I am out.  I was hurry and careless. I did not make sure the lid of thermos was tightly closed. Then sure enough, when I got in the car, I tilted my thermos and spilled hot water on my right leg from around my knee to lower calf. Quick second, I felt sharp pain and extremely hot on my leg, I jump out the car and still so hot I realized hot water on my clothes is touching my skin and keep burning. I iced my leg immediately and since I was on my way to my important class that was all day length, I left to my class anyway with ice on my leg. As I arrived, my leg was red and I saw slight loose skin on surface. I kept icepack on my leg and spent my morning class. Lunch time, I looked at my leg, I saw blisters glowing up in huge area on my leg. In my thoughts… “Ew…(talking to myself.lol) What do I do!?” but still, my mind is to finish taking my class for the day, so I went to afternoon session of this class. By the evening, blisters grow and more numbers. I had two huge blisters at least 3inches long each and multiple small ones and dark red all on my right leg. I stayed at first ER about one hour, then they sent me to the different ER with specialist and plastic surgeon. Then I spent another 6 hours at the second ER. I had IV, shot and treatment at ER. Then I had spoken to Plastic surgeon  to see if I needed any special attention because my burn was just around my knee. Anytime burn happen, if If the burned region is larger than 3 inches, or has occurred on your face, hands, feet, groin, buttocks, or a major joint, we should have professional care. Image

I am natural thinking person and going to hospitals is my last option. So I was not planning to go to Hospital. But I did researched well about the burn and I have discussed with my friend who has medical knowledge and I showed my burn, he told me to run to ER right then. It is not about knowing how to do home treatment, but the danger of infection because of this burn because my burn was so severe. 

I might be one of the rare person who was denying to go to the hospital when my leg in such wide area was really burnt and had gian size blisters all over it. As I see my leg’s condition is worsen every minute, after I picked up my son after my class, I went home and my husband immediately took me to Hospital. Everyone’s reaction was not good. It looked so bad nurses cannot help themselves what happened to me. I do not like hospitals and I do not like chemical medicines, but when it comes to especially physical injury, hospitals can help us major way. I do have to admit it and I am glad I went. 

Many people easy look at the burns (it does not have to be major large burn like mine, but even small ones), but if it gets infected, people can lose their lives. In the United States, approximately 4% of those admitted to a burn center die from their injuries. So please do not easy look at burns. Especially, burn on small children and Elderly people. 

When burning occur, do not directly put ice on it. make sure to cool it under running water. It is said ice directly on skin can cause more complication. It is best to cool injury with running water for 10 to 15 minutes. then if burning is severe, go to the hospital. If burning seems critical, call 911. If burn is small and does not look like it is nothing major, you can stay home and after your wounds is cooled enough, put Vaseline or natural moisturizer and cover wounds with sterile gauze bandage to protect it. 

Burn can be in three major stages.

First Degree Burn : First degree is the least serious burn that Involves only the outermost layer of your skin, called your epidermis. Your skin will likely be reddened and painful. It can also be swollen.

Second Degree Burn : Involves the outermost and second layer of your skin (called your hypodermis). In this type of burn, your skin will be extremely red with a spotted or blotchy appearance, and you will probably have blisters in the area of the burn.A second-degree burn typically causes severe pain and swelling. Do NOT pop blisters as it is protecting our skin from infection. Let it pop itself.

Third Degree Burn: Involves all layers of your skin, and possibly structures that are below your skin as well. Some areas of a third-degree burn are often charred black or white. You may experience severe pain, but if a nerve has been damaged by the burn, it is possible that you will feel little to no pain. At this stage, regardless the size of your burn, it is considered serious burn and requires immediate emergency medical care.

My burn was second degree burn. However,  I had no pain once it is cooled and five days later today, I still hardly have pain. I feel completely normal except my leg looked horrible. I had burn about 1ft in length. and a few major large size blisters and dark red all around it. It is just interesting to think how bad it looks but hardly no pain. 

Every person have different burn experience and story. 

As I was searching about burns, it helped me a lot to read about many people’s personal experience of the burn. So I would like to share a little of my story and knowledge about burn injury.

Everyday, at our own home, work, anywhere we use something that can cause burn. Please do not easy look at them and be careful when you handle heat. It can be very serious. I cannot imagine my burn on my child, so especially household with small children, be careful and be aware! As common as it is, that means we need to be more careful so it can be less common. Protect ourselves and protect love ones injured from everyday house hold items! 

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Eastern Medicine

As I am born and raised in Japan, I strongly believe in Eastern Medicine.

Most of the hospitals all over the world is based on “Western Medicine”, such as the most common hospitals and Dr’s offices you visit when you feel sick. Doctors will examine you and will prescribe you the medicines.

If you have some illness, they may suggest you to have surgery that will cost whole a lot of money, or make you soak with the medicines that is very strong chemical.

Yes, they may cure some illness, they may not. Western medicine is based on getting lid of the symptoms and discomfort when you feel ill. Not really focusing on curing totally or preventing. When they give people surgery, people feel better sooner and they feel like they are cured. But depending on what type of illness you have, many people end up going back to the Dr. again for something similar.

In my experience of Hospital in Japan and Hospital in America, there are major differences. First, COST. American medical bills are so high even with insurance, it is expensive! And if you do not have insurance, you are basically stay sick or injured. Japanese hospitals are much cheaper and we have much better medical insurance system in Japan so we all can be covered with medical insurance with less cost.

Next is medicines. There are so many medicines available in the U.S. is illegal in Japan because many medicines in the U.S. is considered too strong and can be harmful. My son is born with Athma and he was born in the U.S. Since he was very small, he was given inhaler. So every time he has athma attack, I gave him inhaler. When I went to Japan with him one day, he had athma attack and I did not have inhaler with me. So I took him to the hospital in Japan(with out insurance), when I told Japanese Dr. I normally give him inhaler, he was very surprised and told me “Oh No way, we give little children inhaler. That is too strong for the small children and it is illegal”. I was very surprised to hear that and shocked. They gave him breathing treatment and prescribe the patch to prevent Athma attack. I have never seen that patch in the U.S. U.S. Dr. give him Shots and medicines. Also, visiting Japanese hospital without insurance, for everything, it cost me only $70. WOW, when U.S. hospitals can easily cost over $300 or more.

Also, I realize Japanese Dr. do not easily give you medicine. When U.S. Dr. ALWAYS give you medicine.

I have never left the hospital without prescription. No matter how minor it is, they will ALWAYS give you prescription medicines.

I have heard that medical system in the U.S. is truly based on the money the health care companies make. Not curing the patients. More medicine they sell, more money they can make. They do not want to totally cure people, they want people to stay unhealthy so people will come back to the hospitals to spend more money on medicines and medical bills. After learning about the system and difference between medical systems here and Japan, It makes senses to me.

Often western medicine helps people sooner. But they hardly focus on prevention and curing. When eastern medicine will focus on prevention that will lead to the cure. Most of the illness we commonly get come from our life style, food we eat and environment. If we eat healthy, have a healthy life style with less stress, surrounded by the beautiful healing nature, we can prevent so much illness.

Some people are hooked on medicines. Headache=Medicine! Stomachache=Medicine! Depressed=Medicine! Anything unusual=Medicine! Most of the medicines are the pure chemicals that is so unnatural to our body and always comes with all kinds of side effect and some of them seems deadly. So instead of always taking medicines, why not think of “What is the source of this symptoms?” It could be stress, it could be the diet, it could be the relationship with others… so on. People should more focus on the source of illness or pain. Not just to feel better at the moment spending lots of money.

Natural, Alternative way for the health you can do regularly is…:

Meditation

Exercise

Do what you really love

Always take a moment to rest and relax

Eat healthy

Fresh Vegetable and fruit juicing

Avoid prepared food product

Sleep at least 8 hours a day

Qi Gong

Hiking or spend some time in Nature.

So many more but I can’t think of it right now.

Please think, we all should live healthy in natural way.

Health does not come from medicines, Health come from our own body and nature.

Our body has very powerful healing power when we live the life style to let that power work in our body.

Taking most of the medicines is not going to cure you, it only make your symptoms go away or cure you temporally but not totally.

Believe in our own power and strength we have in our own body naturally!

Cheers to our health!!