I swear, we have never seen so many injuries and bug bites as we have in the month and a half or so since we moved to Florida. This is no shock, really, just one of those things you don’t really think about ahead of time. Copious amounts of outdoor play is bound to lead to both things, though, and yesterday was no exception.
Ouch – this is the top of her foot right in the bend
Brianna came inside with a face I can only describe as shaken. She often carries a strong whiff of Drama around with her, but this was different. I asked what was wrong, and she simply looked down at her foot and then burst into quiet tears.
“Hey, Bri, you appear to be missing a few layers of skin, there.” I’m nothing if not extremely sensitive and delicate. I also like to lighten the mood with humor, if at all possible. In this case, the tears just got louder. Yes, I think I actually heard them spurting from her face.
I keep a wound cleansing solution in the fridge for just such occasions, so I brought it out, along with some cotton rounds and our favorite, Holy Grail essential oil-based ointment. The cleansing solution recipe is roughly as follows (though I was a bad girl, and forgot to label the jar when I made it!).
Wound Cleansing Solution
- 13 drops helichrysum essential oil
- 13 drops frankincense essential oil
- 13 drops melaleuca essential oil
- ~ 8 ounces distilled water (though I think I just used my Berkey filtered water)
I put all ingredients in an 8 oz Ball jar and shake well before each use. I soaked a cotton round in the solution and pat the wound. In this case, there was dirt and other debris from the sidewalk, so I had to rub for a bit to make sure it was truly clean. I know this hurt, and she cried more, but when I was done, I confessed that she was absolutely a badass. This totally stopped the tears, and turned her frown upside down. I then aired it out a bit before applying a lot of ointment, covering with clean gauze, and wrapping with a self-adhesive bandage. In the photo above, I had already cleansed it and applied the ointment, hence the wormy looking squiggles.
Before and After: About 14 hours apart
This morning, I removed the wrapping to check it out. The gauze clung slightly to the wound, so I made sure to dampen the gauze with the cleansing solution the next time before placing it over the wound. This is what it looked like this morning, next to the original image from last night.
The results were great, and while it still hurt, the pain was less, the bleeding was obviously stopped, and the exposed bloody areas were starting to heal. I applied ointment again after cleansing it, and rewrapped it.
Later in the afternoon, she had sweated her bandaging off, so I cleaned it again and reapplied wrapping. This is what it looked like after the 3rd cleaning, still less than 24 hours after the injury.
You can see continued healing and further reduction in redness. I’m so pleased with the results, and love to be reminded of how effective essential oils can be. Sometimes I grow complacent, because the oils are just in my life, commonplace at this point. Seeing firsthand how wonderfully they work in nasty wounds like this, and getting a reminder about how convenient they are, just renews my love for them! Look at those results!
I’ll post more in the next couple days with more progress photos and updates. Bri is such a trooper. I’m a big meanie, and instead of letting her lounge and read all day, I keep making her walk around and play, or at least sit outside. I’d hate for her foot to weaken or for other muscles to strain because she’s avoiding using that foot, and the girl’s gotta get her fresh air and sunshine.
Oh, wait. Were you wondering how this happened? Right, about that. Apparently, they had strapped the little red wagon to Eli’s bike. Eli was towing Sabrina around, he on his bike, Sabrina in the wagon, and Bri was bringing up the rear on foot. Eli got going faster than Bri could move, but she held on anyway – perhaps in an effort to keep Sabrina safe? She was dragged for some distance (I’m guessing not far), and this is the result. I’m not sure exactly, and the logistics of how the actual injury happened are beyond my cognition, but those are the facts as they’ve been related to me. The bike/wagon setup have been banned in all future shenanigans, obviously, but I’m sure they’ll come up with other ingenious ways to injure themselves. Something to look forward to!