Back in January, I stumbled into a space heater while walking back to my bed after waking up to pee. It was an older model space heater, and it was HOT. It shocked the hell out of me, and when I looked down at my thigh I knew something bad had happened.
My skin had literally melted (how I wish I’d taken a photo immediately after!), and a thick piece of skin was hanging off. Stupidly, I didn’t run straight to the bathroom to run cold water over the wound, which would have stopped it from burning any further. Instead, I allowed my girlfriend to apply cocoa butter lotion on the raw burn—bad idea! It didn’t hurt; in fact, it actually soothed the burning. However, everything I read afterward specifically warned against doing pretty much everything I did.
Anyway, three days after the accident I visited an Urgent Care center where a doctor debrided the blisters. If you don’t know what debriding is, it’s basically taking a Brillo pad or a nail brush and rubbing it on a blister until all of the skin is removed. I know, it hurts to even read that sentence. So imagine what it felt like to experience it!
It has now been over 2 months since the accident, and I have new skin at the burn site, albeit scarred. Here is a photo timeline of the 24 days following the accident.
Edit: I suppose it would be nice to share a photo of what it looks like today, 10 1/2 weeks later.