Sunday, December 13, 2009

The One Where I Demand Your Sympathy.....

Okay, so remember when I tried to explain how we should have paid closer attention in our 6th grade science class? Remember when I briefly mentioned that I was hideously burned by a combination of water and steam that was trying to escape a trendy tupperware bottle normally destined for the gym?? (SEE?! Even water and steam doesn't want to go to the damn gym...I'm not alone in this....)

Well, I kinda feel like I did not receive the appropriate amount of sympathy from my readers.  (And when I say "readers" I mean my mommy and my daddy. . I heard nothing from them!  I should have at least have received an "OMG! Are you okay?!?  Does it hurt you? (yes, yes it does.)  Please protect yourself from infection...(even though we all know it is unpossible to protect yourself from infection here because Africa is gonna touch you).")  AND, to further exacerbate my ire, I did not receive one EVEN ONE email from my internet pharmacist offering me some kind of pharmaceutical sample pack to ease my pain. 

NOT. EVEN. ONE. 

Therefore, you're all going to pay.  How you ask?? ... I'll tell you... .I'm attaching a PHOTO of my hideous burn that is all hurtey and making me not-so typey these days (and, for the record, THIS is why my work is shoddy...)






I KNOW!! How hurtey (and frankly, yucky) is that?!  Obviously, I need some kind of pharmaceutical intervention.  Africa has clearly touched it.  It's not only hurtey, it's unsightly.  And, on my right hand...therefore, I'm not so writey these days either.

Well, now that I feel that I have the approrpriate level of sympathy from you guys (and my mom feels really, REALLY bad for not asking how I am doing...whether I am getting on okay with my debilitating injury....I thought I should show you some of the good news stories from Khartoum.

Well, I only have one....here is our Christmas tree......  In all it's glory.  And no, I will not be arrested, killed or have my house burned for having a Christmas tree.  It's all good in the hood.




This week, I will make it my goal to document the (not right) Christmas Lights, decorations and dancing Santa's posted around Khartoum.  If nothing else, it will show you the true meaning of how American Christmases are soooo much better than foreign ones.  -- Even you Canada...don't think we don't know what you're up to...we've intercepted your slanderous (or is it libel, I can NEVER effing remember) letters to Santa.  As such, I've went ahead and added you to the Axis of Evil -- we had an opening when Iraq left....Congrats!

19 comments:

Frau said...

Ouch! Sorry about your burn...I wish i had some Rx to send you but I'm in Germany where I can't even get a friggn asprin so try whiskey do you have whiskey in Sudan? Love the tree gorgeous and very festive!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oooooo that's bad!! See if you can get some form of healing salve for that so you feel better!!

Brian Miller said...

ouch...you have my sympathy...yikes! and nice tree...

otin said...

Just remember that little slogan that is under the title of my blog! :)

Seriously, though, hot water or steam burns hurt worse than fire burns for some reason. I had a bad liquid burn on my foot one time that was crippling.

Nice tree! Take that Canada! LOL!

Elle said...

OMG!! Are you ok?? ( ok, I know it doesn't count since you told me what to say) Seriously, that looks bad, did you go see anyone? That's gonna leave a mark.

Fragrant Liar said...

Yeah, um, sorry you're all hurtey.

Fragrant Liar said...

P.S. I do love your tree. It's all glowy, and if you hadn't told me, I would never have known it existed in Khartoum. Lovely.

What's with that chair with wings though?

Fragrant Liar said...

P.P.S. I mean, the chair needs garland and tinsel. Otherwise, it totally de-holidays the room.

A Mom on Spin said...

OMG! That burn is horrid and hurtey at the same time!

rxBambi said...

Oh my! Please let me give you some Vicodin HP (cuz the regular just wont be strong enough for you) and then I'll send a bunch of fentanyl patches and then maybe some Dilaudid, and I'll throw in some Xanax just for fun.

Winey. Oops I mean Whiney.

that does look pretty bad tho. You wouldn't believe the gross stuff people try to show me...

blognut said...

I'm totally sorry, Michel.

I will send you some Karo syrup to put on it as soon as I find a plastic bottle under 8 oz.

That IS what you wanted it for, right?

mo.stoneskin said...

I'm sorry that my sympathy fell on deaf ears, I'll try harder next time, I really will.

Esmerelda said...

You learned your lesson though, right? Next time, attach a photo straight away to evoke sympathetic reactions.

Gaston Studio said...

Ouch! Next time put ice on it right away, takes away all the pain and usually doesn't allow a blister to form.

Great looking tree!

CarrieAnn said...

OUCH! And holy crap...there are pine trees in Africa?!

franzi said...

i thought you were exaggerating but that DOES look painful. sorry! go drown the pain with some precious fire water.

franzi

Pastor Sharon said...

OUCH! That just looks painful!

Well, you didn't say anything about your online pastor praying for it! That lets me know why I haven't received any donations from you lately. LOL. . .I just made myself laugh out loud.

Beth said...

Burns hurt! I got a third degree burn on my arm and back (in an accident that involved me running, the stove, and my step-father boiling a pot of eggs... I lost) when I was 11 years old. It was the most hurtey thing ever. So I do feel sorry for you.

Seriously, I'd rather be hit in the head than get burned.

The MomMy said...

This is the MomMa speaking. Michel Marie-- You did not do what the Mommy told you to do! (again) (Obviously) Because I DID send sympathy (You need to read your e-mails once in a while instead of spending all your free time blogging to your fans!) and the MomMy told you to continue to apply cold water or ice (who has ice in Sudan?--too late now!) (that would be CLEAN, distilled or sterile cold water in Sudan-- especially if a 3rd degree burn or skin broken. Do not use left over water from the monsoon rainy season) Tell the truth to your readers! I told you if it was bad enough, (You failed to share a photo at the appropriate time) that you needed to get Silvadeen (if I could spell it would help. But, as your mother, no one expects me to be able to spell...) Hum-m-m Back to the point. What was my point? Yes, my point: It is past sympathy time. (Sympathy only work for a while...emotional morphine--highly addictive! Notice how no one wants to continue to meditate on your ghastly finger photo!? I rest my case) But, the MomMy must admit: That is a bad burn. And, good Jewish mother that I am: You have been stupid! What are you doing? Better start OT therapy soon...before the contractures immobilize all your fingers and the pain of movement destroys your life! And WHY do you have open skin? Is that thing open and weeping? Get a sterile dressing that won't stick to your skin. Look up E-medicine and read how to take care of everyone with burns! Outcomes for burn patients have improved dramatically over the past 20 years, yet burns still cause substantial morbidity and mortality. •First-degree burns are usually red, dry, and painful. Burns initially termed first-degree are often actually superficial second-degree burns, with sloughing occurring the next day.
•Second-degree burns are often red, wet, and very painful. Their depth, ability to heal, and propensity to form hypertrophic scars (see Media file 2) vary enormously.
•Third-degree burns are generally leathery in consistency, dry, insensate, and waxy. These wounds will not heal, except by contraction and limited epithelial migration, with resulting hypertrophic and unstable cover (see Media file 3). Burn blisters (see Media file 4) can overlie both second- and third-degree burns. The management of burn blisters remains controversial, yet intact blisters help greatly with pain control. Debride blisters if infection occurs.
•Fourth-degree burns involve underlying subcutaneous tissue, tendon, or bone. Usually, even an experienced examiner has difficulty accurately determining burn depth during early examination. As a general rule, burn depth is underestimated upon initial examination.

You poor, poor bear... come home!