Danger Lurks in My Kitchen!
Earlier this week I shared a recipe for Pumpkin Sage Orzo Risotto with you. If you missed that post you may want to start there as the recipe came with a strong word of caution, and I’m about to tell you why.
I love to cook and try new thing. My favorite season to cook is Fall. Most times I don’t use a recipe and just make it up as I go along. Typically I don’t write down what I’m do. If you are ever at my house for dinner, and you like what I’m serving, I suggest you have seconds as I might not be able to recreate it.
This time I WAS using a recipe. It was a recipe that a friend sent me. I had been intrigued by this one from the moment I first saw it. Just reading it I could smell Fall. I could imagine the burst of flavor in my mouth just scanning the ingredients. I pictured the perfect pumpkin that would be turned into this Heavenly dish.
My only encounters with pumpkins are the typical Jack-O-Lanterns and the kind that comes out of a can. This recipe was special and called for a special pumpkin. I wasn’t going to get a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin, NO way! I was going to pick out the perfect baking pumpkin.
Finally I did get my perfect pumpkin and I proudly displayed it as a center piece on our table until “the day” arrived to make my recipe.
Using my very sharp butcher knife I drew it across the pumpkin and…nothing. I remember thinking to myself, “Hmmm, that was strange cuz I KNOW this knive is sharp”. So I held the pumpkin real still on my cutting board and tried agian…still, nothing. Okay then, how about I try to saw through the pumpkin? Nope, that barely scratched the skin.
Finally I put the cutting board down on the floor and placed a hand on either end of the knife and used my whole body and the theory of leverage to cut the pumpkin in half. FINALLY, I was getting some where but still a very long way from the dainty little cubes I saw in the picture. After getting it into wedges the next step was to try to separate the flesh from the thick skin. (You do see where this is heading, don’t you?) This is where I ran into serious trouble!
Taking one of the wedges and using all my might to slide the knife between the pumpkin and the skin………the knife slipped with all my force behind it! My stomach sank and I started to get light headed. I’m no stranger to hurting myself in the kitchen. I burn or cut myself so often it is sort of a sad running joke. But this time it was different. It was far more serious.
I’ll spare you the details of the next 45 minutes where I was trying to convince my husband, and myself, that I did not need to go to the Emergency Room or get stitches. After 45 minutes and making NO progress I gave in and we headed to Urgent Care at 7:30 on a Sunday night.
Turns out I cut my finger clear to the bone and required my first set of non-surgery related stitches! I got 2 stitches on the inside and 3 on the outside. The Doctor told me to come back in 10 days to have them removed.
If memory serves me we ended up ordering pizza delivery and had to throw away my perfect pumpkin.
When the 10 days were up I went to the Doctor and had the 3 outer stitches removed. I didn’t have much sensation in that part of my finger and she told me I may, or may not, regain full use and feeling in that finger. Also said not to be surprised if it took 12 months or so for it to look completely normal. It was to go through all sorts of ugly things she described.
Anyone that knows me also knows that this absolutely did not fit in to my time frame! Heck, I type for a living on my day job. And I need sensation in my hands when I do body work on animals. And then there are my oils. I didn’t want to be numb and drop bottles of oils. Then I thought about my oils. ”How can I fix this faster?”
That night I mixed up a little bottle of Helichrysum and Lavender oils. The Helichrysum for for overall healing but more importantly for skin and nerve regeneration. The Lavender was to help reduce scaring. I carried this little bottle with me and I used it many, many times a day. Whenever I thought about it I rubbed in a couple drops of oil.
This picture is 3 weeks after the stitches were removed! And the finger was fully functioning and had feeling. One month later all sensations in the finger were normal.
You don’t need a cut as severe as this one to see the benefits of Essential Oils. For smaller cuts just a drop or two of Lavender will stop bleeding and help to clean the wound and kill bacteria. Your cut will heal quicker. I even used it on a paper cut I got at the corporate gig the other day.
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Linda Troup, founder of TouchNpaws, the TeachNpaws Academy, and creator of Holistic Pet Care Videos is a Canine Wellness Consultant who specializes in Senior Dogs and those with Physical or Emotional Challenges. She is known for her compassion as she helps pets’ golden years be shiny gold through the use of Tellington TTouch, Therapeutic & Rehabilitative Massage, Energy Work and Therapeutic Essential Oils. Linda teaches people how they can enhance their senior or disabled dog’s comfort, wellness and mobility.
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