If there was ever a question in my mind about my husband’s love for me, he smashed it today.
Let me back it up.
I’ve completely been overdoing it the past few weeks. Staying up working late, teaching multiple classes, running home and running a vacuum, and doing the best impression of super career woman and wife that there has ever been. So last night, after I came home late from work, I kissed Austin, and told him that I was going to take a bath to relieve some of the achy-ness I’ve had in the same knee that I broke a bone in a few years ago. Whenever I’m stressed or wearing myself thin, that knee reminds me to dial it back.
So, earlier in the day, I bought a bottle of real Aleve (the generic was not doing it), and I pored over my choices in the Bengay section before selecting some Capzasin HP for folks with Arthritis. I figured that it would help my knee and my hips. When I got home, I jumped into the bathtub and soaked in water so hot, that sweat started dripping down my face.
I got out, dried off, and grabbed the tube of the cream. I put a little on my hip, then on the front of my knee.
I made sure to get the back of my knee.
So I started to get dressed. Grabbed a pair of compression tights and compression socks and started to work them on when my hip and knee started to burn. The burn grew exactly the way it would when you eat a little piece of habanero. Silent, than louder and louder. I made my way out to the great room.
“Babe, I think we need to call 9-1-1. I used some Capzasin and my skin is on fire.”
He looked up from his iPad, recognized I was in some pain, and asked,
“We need to call 9-1-1?”
I begged him to help, and he Googled it.
“I think you’re having a reaction to it”
First we tried vinegar on a paper towel. We got me back into the shower, and ran cold water over me while I tried to wipe the oil off. As soon as the water would stop hitting me, the burn would start again. Every single solitary expletive I know crossed my lips. And finally, we had to call poison control.
The woman I spoke to was a saint. When I told her the percentage of the cream, 0.1%, she breathed, “oh boy,” before she told me what I needed to do.
“Are you rinsing in cold water? That will set and solidify the oil in your skin. You need hot soapy water, and do you have Maalox? That will help. Nothing like Pepto, it contains asprin. Try that, and give me a call back and let me know how you’re doing.”
Austin poured baking soda on me. Poured vinegar on me. Filled his hands with hand soap. Sipped a bear while I muttered the most filthy words the english language has to offer. And grabbed the soap from the kitchen sink when nothing else would sud enough.
Word to the wise. Go with the weak stuff when it will
tingle burn the top two layers off your skin. Here’s to a good Wednesday.