If you read this post you will know that O managed to grab hold of my tea and scald himself 11 days ago. It was awful but he is truly on the mend now. He had a bandage on for two days and honestly? He was really good with it. I put a babyleg over it to keep him from picking at the tape and to keep it clean but he didn’t bother with it at all. He did however enjoy batting the poor dog over the head with it at every chance he got.
When the bandage came off his hand was still very pink but that has subsided a lot now. The skin on his hand was shiny and quite wrinkly and he had some marks on his arms that seem to be where the hot tea trickled up his sleeve and sat there, These were blistering when they put the dressing on. This photo was taken last week, his hand was actually quite a few shades pinker than it looks in the picture but my phone camera isn’t great.
I need to rant a little here, but I will end will a lovely story and an impromptu review so bear with me!
Whenever any of my kids have needed stitches or dressings removed or changed we are always told to go to the nurse in our GP’s surgery or go back to the A&E department if we can’t. I have never been able to get an appointment with the nurse, unless we wanted to wait well over a week so we’ve always ended up back in A&E.
This time was no different but I’m not sure what was happening in the local area, there must have been a cloud of bad luck over the county as come 10 am Tuesday the waiting room was packed! It took us 2 hours of waiting only then to have a male nurse tutting at me when he was trying to take the bandage off, I presume he’s not used to treating screaming, squirming 11 month old little boys!
*I just need to add that I’m not knocking male nurses, our Paediatric Assessment Unit and Children’s Ward have at least two male nurses that I know of and they are both wonderful with the kids. I have also met female nurses who are far from compassionate and understanding where young children are concerned. I guess this is why some choose not to work paediatrics!*
Anyway, this nurse never came closer than a foot away, apart from his hands. Even when he was supposed to be examining O’s arm he just peered from a distance, announced there were no blisters told us we could leave and then just left us in the cubicle!
A little taken aback at what just happened I left. I hadn’t even gotten to the car when I could see some small blisters in the crease between his thumb and finger, also in the crease of his wrist. I contemplated going back but then figured they were such small blisters that they would probably not do anything apart from tell us to keep an eye out for infection. So that what I did.
I also took this little rant to twitter, here is where a story of kindness comes in. The person(Sarah?) behind the twitter account @thespiritofaloe, sent me a message offering to send some of their Aloe Vera Gelly as they knew it would help O’s arm heal. Within two days an envelope with two little sachets drop through the letter box and I immediately put some on. These little sachets lasted for over a week! Here is how his arm looked 9 days after the accident:
It’s hard to see (remember what I said about the camera?) but his whole hand has peeled, it even looks like it’s had a bit of a tan! The red marks are almost gone completely and the blistering healed up within 24 hours of putting the Gelly on. But isn’t it looking fantastic!?!
I’m so grateful for Sarah and Quintin for sending me the Gelly, I’m sure the redness would still be much worse without it. I’ve used other Aloe products in the past but I will definitely be ordering a tube to keep in my medicine drawer ASAP!
Thank you for all of your kind messages about the accident. I wasn’t sure how it would be taken, but I didn’t have one unkind word. For that I am grateful x
Have you used Aloe Vera on burns or scalds? Did you find it helped?