Saturday, April 11, 2015

Green Beans & Burns (If faint of heart don't look at the 6th picture)

First I would like to start out by saying hello and welcome to those new followers to my blog.  

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We recently added a new garden box for green beans (Cantare, and Blue Lake Bush) in the garden.  Before laying down all the soil, Bulldog Man and I laid out about an inch of fresh soil, put the feedlot trellis back in the box, secured this trellis with a couple of cheap tent stakes, then finished adding soil, and topped the soil with peat moss. 
Staking down the trellis.

Trellis attached to the ground, added soil, and peat.

Planting seeds.


Green beans are a vegetable our family really enjoys as a side dish to a meal or as a complete meal.  We will have plenty of beans to put away in the pantry; a very nice stash for winter. 

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While the sprinkler was going in the garden, a little American Robin decided to take a shower.  Every time the sprinkler would rotate around some of my potatoes in tires, the bird would run toward the water.  This picture isn’t the greatest because I didn’t have my real camera with me; just a cell phone.   
You can see the Robin in the right corner of picture.
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A couple of nights ago, I made some chamomile orange tea for Bulldog Man.  I placed the hot tea cup on the wood arm (as we always do) of his recliner chair. 

Bulldog Man reached over and adjusted the hot cup; without realizing it, the cup was not sitting on the coaster properly. It was balancing on the edge for a second, and then it was off onto his leg, as he was sitting in the recliner chair.  Needless to say, the hot cup ended up falling onto his leg…..in and around his left knee.  Before he could get up out of his chair, and remove his pajama pants, the hot tea had already burnt his leg.  He now has 1st and 2nd degree burns on his leg.

I immediately had Bulldog Man rinse his leg in the bathtub with cool water.  To help stop the burning sensation and reduce the inflammation, I immediately placed Manuka Honey, an antibacterial medical grade honey, on my husband’s burns and wrapped the burns with sterilized gauze.  We again repeated this process the next day.



After 48 hours of Manuka Honey on the burn, it was time to thoroughly wash the burn with a gentle soap (we used a goats milk soap), cut off the dead skin from the second degree burns once the blisters popped open (only cut with sterile surgical scissors and only when the skin of the blister breaks open on its own….never break the blisters yourself), and then we placed antibiotics on his burns, and again bandaged it up with sterile gauze.

While Bulldog Man is home from work over the weekend, we removed the gauze to expose the burn to the air.  When he returns to work, I will place another bandage on his burn to prevent his pants from rubbing on the burn and irritating it further. 
  
Bulldog Man’s leg looks a lot better since using the Manuka Honey.  I keep a bottle of this medicinal honey in my large first aid bag for emergencies.  
Manuka honey is derived from nectar collected by honey bees from the Manuka bush, known as Leptospermum scoparium from New Zealand, and can be found in your local health food stores. 

Recently, CVS stocks sterile Adhesive Pads with Manuka Honey.  They’re great for abrasions and burns. 

I’m not a physician; please consult with your physician before using any product you’re not familiar with.


21 comments:

  1. Ouch. Honey is truly the super cure ointment though even when your wife throws hot tea on your leg :)

    Raised beds are looking good there Sandy. You shouldn't be so hard on Bulldog Man :)

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    1. PP,

      Ouch is right!!! PP you're silly :PPPP ........ I would never throw hot tea on Bulldog Man.........however, I've been known to nail him in the backside with a flying fishing hook and weights. He may still have the bruise to prove it.....Bahahahahahahaha!!!!

      This year we've increased the gardens size, and were trying to plant all kinds of vegetables to put away more food in the pantry.

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  2. I have to admit, the warning made me look!!! Glad Bulldog is better, and your garden is looking awesome. Great job.

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    1. K,
      Hey there my friend, haven't seen you in a while. It's funny how everyone reads the title of a post, and immediately go looking for the picture.
      Thank you, Bulldog Man is getting better.

      Every year we try to work harder on the garden, this year it really shows.

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  3. Ouch! Hope that burn continues to heal. I had a cardinal splashing in our driveway yesterday. I couldn't get a pic because if I had opened the garage door he would have flown away. I just love watching them bathe.

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    1. DFW,

      Yes.....ouch! The burn is healing and looking better.
      Birds are just so much fun to watch playing or bathing.

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  4. Blue lake green beans are a staple in this house, and a must grow in the garden. We love the hecl out of them. All though the seeds I planted were saved from last year, and now after about three weeks, they still have not sprouted, getting a little worried here.

    Poor BDM-- those burns look like they hurt. Honey has been a cure all for centuries, even the ancient Egyptians would bury their dead with pots of of honey. I need to get the medical grade and keep it on hand. sure hope he gets better...

    lots of luve sent your way

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    1. JUGM,

      Hey Girlie.......beans are a staple in our home too.
      Sometimes soaking the seeds in water for a little while before planting them helps push them along. I would dig up one of the seeds and see if there's any change in the seed, evidence of it opening up.

      This burn hurt until we put the honey on it. Bulldog Mans leg is looking better, the burns are healing. I always keep medical grade honey in my first aid bag. Medical honey will cost you more money than the traditional organic honey.

      Sending hugs and love to you, Senior, and your Boys.

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  5. Oh my goodness! That looks so painful. Glad you have that honey. I have aloe Vera for burns but will have to read more about the honey. That new bean bed is going to be fun to watch grow!

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    1. Michaele,

      It was painful when it happened, after rinsing the burn with cold water, and placing the manuku honey on the burn Bulldog Man was feeling better. Aloe Vera is really good for burns. I also have a stash of Aloe in my first aid bag.

      The beans are starting to pop out of the ground, I can't wait until the vines start running up the trellis. I'm going to do something similar for my cucumbers.

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  6. Oh my, that was a nasty burn! My legs were burned once when a canning jar exploded as I was lifting it, so I know how it feels.
    Your garden looks so promising! We are finally just losing our snow here.

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    1. Kimberly,

      It was, and it's healing nicely. Now that really does hurt having a canning jar explode. Thank you my friend, I'm hoping for several very large harvests.
      It's about time on losing the snow, I know you've had enough of it. Enjoy!

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  7. I've used aloe, but did not know about this particular kind of honey - I'm going to look for those sterile adhesive pads. Good thing you know your stuff! I like your trellis for the beans - I'm planting climbing beans this year, as I am tired ot trying to find the beans in the bush kind!

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    1. Susan,

      I have aloe too, and recently learned about the honey and the sterile adhesive pads. Both work really well. Hubby's burns are healing nicely.
      Try using a feedlot panel as a trellis, they work really well.

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  8. That must have been some HOT tea! Ouch. Honey has so many good properties. I know you're not supposed to use butter .. however, for little finger burns on the oven rack or a hot burner that don't blister or break the skin.. I swear butter takes the pain away immediately.

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    1. Mrs. Mac,

      The tea water was boiling. Yes, very painful when it happened. Honey is just amazing in so many ways. I occasionally will use but on small burns myself because it's right there on the kitchen cabinet(handy and easy to get too) when cooking.

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  9. Boy, when you serve a cup of hot tea, you serve a cup of HOT tea! Accidents will happen but so sorry your hubby has to deal with those nasty burns. We always keep an aloe vera plant just for burns. My husband got a nasty burn on the palm of his hand once, we sliced open a "stalk" of aloe and slathered the red and blistering part and it all but disappeared. Honey is good as a disinfectant, too.

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    1. Mama Pea,

      Yes Ma'am, I do serve a cup of hot tea. Accidents happen, I felt so bad placing the tea where he usually puts it. The burns are doing so much better now.

      I use both aloe and honey for burns. We also use this silver product which helps with scars.

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  10. Sandy, I've never heard of Manuka honey. I'm happy to learn about it but truly sorry about the circumstances. When I was a little girl I accidentally had hot coffee spilled all over my legs and got a bunch of 2nd degree burns. It was one of those stove top coffee pots. I know how painful it is!

    Love the robin and the trellises. :)

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  11. Leigh,

    Not too long ago I learned about Manuka honey, and had to have some stashed in my medical bag. Any burn is painful, I'm sorry to hear you had 2nd degree burgs all over your legs.

    Thank you on the trellises, I can't live without feedlot panels. They're great for just about everything. As for the robin, he just picked the perfect time to run under my sprinkler. Bird watchers will tell you water attracts birds.

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  12. I am so glad you had that on hand. Ouch!

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