weekend lesson

One of the neighbors has been giving me produce from his garden, and Saturday I was trying to use up a bunch of peppers by making salsa.  The peppers he’s given me before were not spicy at all.  These however, were spicy with a vengeance.  And I processed them with my bare hands.

I then spent the next six hours trying to get my hands to stop burning, including rubbing them with salt, sugar, and baking soda (not all at the same time), using burn gel (yeah, that was a long shot), and rinsing them with cold water, hot water, and milk.  Cold water was the only thing that made the pain stop.

So then I spent the afternoon baking cookies (for the neighbor, ironically enough) and submerging my hands in a bowl of cold water whenever the pain got too bad.

I switched to ice and watched Kiki’s Delivery Service and Battlestar Gallactica, or was it First Blood?  Either way, my housemate took the ice away after the movies and started giving me shots of whiskey. 

I passed out around 9, and when I woke up the next morning, the pain was gone– though it did come back briefly when I took a hot shower.

I figure that as well as it worked, the cold water idea ended up backfiring because when you’re trying to get really cold hands warm, they hurt.  So by the end of the day I had quite a bit of pain.  Thank Bacchus for Jameson.

And I never want to see another chili pepper as long as I live.


One Response to “weekend lesson”

  1. Jay Says:

    Be glad you had the good sense not to touch your eye. Nothing has unmanned me more swiftly or more completely then jalapeño residue going from my fingers to my eye. Removing my contacts with said residue still on my fingers was a trial worthy of Job.

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