The Kesagami River Solo Episode 6 How To Treat Burns

The Kesagami River Solo Episode 6 How To Treat Burns

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Tired after a long afternoon of paddling into headwinds, I reached the mouth of Newnham Bay on Lake Kesagami. I made camp on a nice beach near where Kesagami Lodge stores there freighter canoes. I knew the lodge was closed for the season, but a boat not yet turned over told me someone was around. When I paddled up to the camp site, I heard a noise. Thinking it was a person, I called hello, I heard no reply. After climbing out of my canoe, I saw a caribou print on the beach. I’m pretty sure I had just scared away a caribou. I was mad at myself, who wouldn’t want to see one?
Kesagami lodge's freighter canoes. Photo Jim Baird
Kesagami lodge’s freighter canoes. Photo Jim Baird
The last remaining blister on my burnt hand had finally popped earlier that day. My hand started feeling a lot better with the pressure of the blister gone. I broke out the first aid kit as it was getting dark, and began the daily routine of treating my burns. I needed to sanitize them, and change the bandages daily. Today I’d need special treatment because a blister had popped. Before leaving for the Kesagami, a Dr. prescribed me with some antibiotics, and told me to take them and call in an air evacuation at the first sign of infection. His sincerity was concerning, so I made sure I took the injury seriously.
Once I’d started preforming first aid on myself, a rascally little mouse kept running out from under the old freighter canoe I was sitting on. It was trying to steal my food, and I had to scare him off a couple times. It was only Day 4 of my solo trip, but to be honest, it was good to have some company.
Follow these steps to properly treat a burn:
1. Don’t pop the blisters. The fluid under the blisters is sterile. Popping them will only increase the chances of infection.
2. Once the blisters pop naturally, use a clean pair of scissors to cut the dead skin off of the burn.
3. Disinfect the burn. Soap and clean boiled water is as good a disinfectant as peroxide or alcohol.
4. Apply burn cream. I used a prescription ointment called Flamazine. It soothed the burns when applied.
5. Cover the burn. Use non-adherent dressings if possible. It’ll be a lot less painful to get the bandages off if you do.
6. Remove bandages daily and repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 until the burns are healed.
7. Duct tape works well to cover bandages and gauze once applied.

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