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Old 11-10-12, 10:26 PM   #1
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Scared and thankful

Just got a call from a friend. Oldest son was as their house for a birthday party and as all the kids gathered around the table with the birthday cake on it, my son backed into a candle that ignited his sweatshirt. The hostess got the shirt off him, but not before he received second degree burns to the right shoulder blade.

Cooled it with running water, had a nurse look at, got him on some pain killer and got pain relieving burn cream on it. Took him quite a while to calm down, which was completely understandable.

Through it all, he is still very much a boy. I took a pic of the burn to send to another nurse friend and he immediately had me text the picture to his friends!

Could have been so much worse. I keep telling myself that he was very lucky. The hole in his sweatshirt is the size of a volleyball and the burn can be covered by a 3" x 8" sterile pad. I still feel so bad for my son. This is one of those time when I wish I could take the pain for him.

Ya'll send out some Foo energy, prayers, whatever you got for Wade.
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Old 11-10-12, 11:16 PM   #2
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Wow, glad it wasn't worse, although it sounds bad enough! I'm sure it will be awfully painful for a while.
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Old 11-10-12, 11:18 PM   #3
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Poor kid. Was this a decorative candle or one on the cake?
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My thoughts and prayers for Wade and your family,Jeff!
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Wow. Sorry to hear that. I suspect that he'll be in a bit of pain for a few days. I hope it passes quickly.
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Very scary. I hope he heals up quickly. I will keep him in my prayers.
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It was a decorative candle apparently. He kind of backed into a corner trying to get better view of cake or something. Said his back felt hot. He turned and the hostesses saw the fire and got his sweatshirt and shirt off and started first aid and called me. I got him home and continued first aid, called the nurse, sent a pic. Wife ended up driving Wade to see the nurse, who lives a few streets over while Ryan and I went to CVS for sterile pads, burn cream, etc.

He is still awake, but resting comfortably. I told him to call my cell phone instead of getting up. So far I have taken him Fig Newtwon, popcorn and gone in to retape the bandage. Hope he falls asleep soon.
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Glad he wasn't hurt worse.

Hope he heals quick!
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Tough it out, good man!
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[QUOTE=jsharr;14936148]He is still awake, but resting comfortably. I told him to call my cell phone instead of getting up. So far I have taken him Fig Newtwon, popcorn and gone in to retape the bandage.QUOTE]

Just one Fig Newton? How is that possible? I hope he gets better soon.
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Old 11-11-12, 07:23 AM   #11
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Una caja llena de Foo Energia para tu hijo!

He is a boy, the scar will be a source of bragging rights for years to come. I know...
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So sorry that happened.
Y'all may wish to put him on a round of prophylactic antibiotics to be damn sure an infection does not set in.
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When you say a nurse looked at it do you mean at the hospital or just someone who happens to be a nurse. You don't want to mess around with burns. You need to get a doctor to look at it. Burns can get infected very easily and leave horrible scars if not treated properly.

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When you say a nurse looked at it do you mean at the hospital or just someone who happens to be a nurse. You don't want to mess around with burns. You need to get a doctor to look at it. Burns can get infected very easily and leave horrible scars if not treated properly.
Please take the kid to a Doctor very very soon.
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I think I'd rather have a limb cut off than see my kids in pain. Both of you guys need to hang in there. Tell him he needs to heal up quick or risk a rash of very odd strangers from the internet dropping in to visit.
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When I say a nurse I mean that he was seen by two nurses with years of experience for burns, ER, trauma who both told us they would not go the ER for this if it was her child. We are keeping a very close eye on it today, will have it looked at again by the nurses, and then on Monday he is going to our family practioner for an examination.

He slept well last night and seems to be in no discomfort this AM.
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He's in good hands. Well wishes for you and Wade.
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Yikes! Hope he heals quick and well.

PSA: buddy of mine is an independent insurance adjuster, meaning after you have a fire and your insurance company low-balls you, you hire him to come in and inventory your stuff, ague with your own insurance company so they pay you what they should, not what they want. Says way too many residential fires are caused by candles and basically does not allow them in his house...
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I'm glad the kid is ok. That could have been much worse.
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Having open candles aflame during a kid's birthday party... not the most brilliant move there, party host.
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Yikes! Glad to hear your son is ok. That does sound scary.
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heal up quickly jsharrjr......and very glad it wasn't worse.
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This is becoming a Major MAJOR problem - Many of the synthetic cloths we wear although comfortable can be almost explosive if ignited - I have had increasing more difficulty with clothing ignition with our boy-scouts on camp outs - Its a lesson for all of us...
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Ouch. Glad to hear he is doing alright. Good thing he was near other people who were quick on their feet to render aid.
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WAS he wearing polyester? i hate that stuff it melts and burns
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