Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hey, Y'All

DIH has journeyed to South Carolina for a few days on the beach with the family. And boy is she happy to be here.

So happy she hasnt' blogged for a few days. But she's back now. With today's First Aid question:

What are you supposed to do about a jellyfish sting?

Aside from gripe, of course. DIH can handle that part just fine.

This morning the local paper had a front page story: "Warm water brings jellyfish." Oh, swell, I thought. They had to wait 'til we got here to run the annual "jellyfish threaten swimmers" piece. Feh, I said to myself. I didnt' come here to be intimidated by the "deadly invertebrate" crowd.

I guess this will teach me. On the other hand I don't think there's anything I could have done about it. It's just part of summer vacation. One minute you're splashing around happily in the waves, the next you're pulling something icky out of your bathing suit. (The next you're ignoring the embarrassed stares of onlookers, but that's another story.) And the next, of course, you're watching your skin swell up and getting advice from your niece on how pouring vinegar on the spot would have fixed the whole thing but it's probably too late for that now. Again, feh.

But I must say I'm in good shape compared to the rest of the crew here. My husband is hobbling around with his foot swathed in bandages, my sister-in-law is knocking back antibiotics for a sinus infection, and back home my poor little labrador had to be rushed from the kennel to the vet for a nasty skin infection.

Well, at least she missed the jellyfish.

5 comments:

Joke said...

OK. Let me try to explain this as decorously as I can.

You are supposed to, er, place the afflicted part in the...uh...the...path of your, um, renal output. The ammonia and acid will ease the discomfort greatly.

Miami Beachly,

-J.

Joke said...

P.S.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnsph6klnz0

(pay attention around the 5:44 mark)

Joke said...

P.P.S. This coming directly from the BBC feed, they haven't bothered bleeping out anything.

Ya done been warned.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/jellyfish_stings/page4_em.htm

Acid, good.

Vinegar, good.

Oddly enough... seawater, good.

Chad said...

Forget about pissing on the sting, you only do that in an emergency. For relief when the sting happens pour vinegar on the site of the sting and go back out in the water and have fun! Welcome to the Gulf Stream.