That's right. Vol. 11 point five.

In my previous post I mentioned sustaining a second degree burn. The cause of this was that I was standing too close for too long by a propane-fed heater lamp while on a movie set. The worst part?  I was facing away from the heater, so I didn't even notice when my costume caught on fire. Thankfully a girl told me "Your pants are on fire."  I am not making this up. All jokes aside, the first two layers of skin over my semitendinosus and biceps femorus muscles on the posterior of my legs were gone -- melted -- whatever you wanna call it.

The good news: I'm healing up fairly well, all things considered. It helped that I was wearing a pair of Wrangler jeans underneath (and yes I WILL give them a shameless plug because they limited the burn damage). Though the jeans themselves are evidently fireproof (aside from smelling like smoke they are in perfect condition), they are not flame retardent (flame repelline), hence why the flames got through. HOWEVER, both the paramedic and I are convinced that had that fine piece of artisan woven denim been there, the burn damage to my skin actually would have been worse.

I don't want to know how.

THAT SAID, I have since learned a few things about the burn process.
First, the layers of the skin are melted away one by one -- a first degree is the first layer; a second degree is the second layer; and if you get to a third degree you may face permanent nerve damage.

Once you have been burned, THE BEST THING FOR YOU TO DO is apply burn cream. Ice and water are for some reason discouraged by medical professionals. I won't bother myself to find out why -- the burn cream the paramedic gave me works like magic. Burn cream can be purchased at your local WalMart or drugstore.  CLEAN AND DRESS THE AREA W/ STERILE PADS AND GUAZE WRAP.

You may start to notice BLISTERS on the second day. (this is most expected in a second-degree). If you can't get to a medical professional until later, then DO NOT DRAIN THE BLISTERS. Once you see a medical professional, they will likely DEBRIDE the skin (removing the dead skin) and apply a BACITRACIN COMPOUND (i.e. NEOSPORIN) OR SILVADENE. Silvadene can be prescribed or available over the counter.

Continue to clean and dress the wound for as long as necessary.

THE NUMBER ONE KEY TO DEALING WITH BURNS IS KEEP EVERYTHING CLEAN -- DO NOT LET THE AREA BECOME INFECTED. I was prescribed KEFLEX, an orally taken antibiotic, in addition to the topical silvadene or Neosporin antibiotic ointments. If the wound becomes infected, VERY BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN. DON'T LET THEM HAPPEN TO YOU.

Be aware of your surroundings, your actions, and their consequences: try to prevent getting burned in the first place. If ever you do: STOP, DROP, AND ROLL. 

My mind literally went blank when I realized my clothes were on fire; thankfully crew members jumped to my aid and literally beat the fire off of me after ushering me to the ground (though they did not sing Usher while doing so). Those precious 16-22 seconds of damage could have been avoided, saving me a lot of time and trouble. Thankfully though, the production company paid for my medical visits and prescriptions, and everyone involved was pretty helpful. Also, I never lost feeling in my skin and admittedly 9 days out I am healing up fairly nicely. Scar tissue should be minimal (I'm praying).

Anyway, I hope you learned something today.



*The bottom of the jacket I was wearing LITERALLY has singe marks -- it looks like the carbon-black edges of burnt paper. Talk about a One-of-a-kind!


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