Friday, August 1, 2008

My trip to the emergency room

I apologize for the drama of the title. I hate drama and hesitated for nearly an hour about going to the ER. So, yes, why the ER? I burned my leg on the exhaust pipe of Casey's new motorcycle. It's a Suzuki GZ250.

See that massive exhaust pipe by the rear wheel? Yeah, that's what I decided to rub my leg past after 1/2 hour of riding. Well, I put some ice on it, had mexican food, and then at home spent nearly an hour online looking on sites about burns and inspecting pictures, for comparison, to see if I really needed medical attention. Now the burn was unpleasant, but looking at pictures of burns online...that's punishment. But in the interest of avoiding a scar and some unnecessary pain, we went.

Apparently motorcycle exhaust pipe burns are so common that they're their own genre, and mine is "not bad at all." Both the nurses that I dealt with have had them. I feel like I've joined the club. Yay! Welcome to the "You amateur! There's a reason why Hell's Angels wear jeans! Club." So, I learned my lesson, and also what second degree burns look like up close. At least I won't have to look on the internet again.

Afterward, we stopped and got me a milkshake. They're good for burns, right?

7 comments:

Elizabeth G said...

Yikes, I'm glad you're okay.

Please, please, please wear a helmet on the bike. My mom is currently doing a study on brain trauma and guess who the VAST majority of her patients have been? Yep, motorcylclists without helmets. It's no fun having my mom suck your brain juices, so please wear a helmet and be careful!

charlieton said...

The burn sounds painful, but the milkshake sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I hear skin grafts are quite fun too. Be careful... There are some things that a milk shake can't fix.

nodnarb

megan said...

milkshakes are great anytime after you visit the doctor or dentist (but you have to go to the pharmacy first, then get the milkshake). Well, if the trip involves a pharmacy that is. The milkshake bit of your post brought back fond childhood memories of being sick/having stuff done to my teeth.

megan said...

oh yeah...glad you're ok

Christy said...

so sorry to hear about the trip! you didn't even say anything today - hope you are better now! enjoyed working with you today!

c said...

perfect. yeah you guys will have to wear appropriate biker clothes. casey should really think twice about wearing his running shorts while riding. but let's be honest. he's going to still wear them and ride.