I travel regularly through airports influential in the spread of contagions. I’m forever grateful when I make it home in good health. This last time I made it home only to be taken out by my own stupidity.
I don’t have a garden this year as I’m not around that much. However, a friend, knowing how I must be missing the garden, gave me tons of hot peppers and other vegetables. For the sake of this post the pepper is the antagonist.
I didn’t want to waste the peppers and decided to dry them all using my ancient dehyrator. I cleaned them, took out the seeds and placed them in the dehydrator — all without gloves. Big mistake. Big nightmarish mistake. I was incapacitated by a Capsaicin burn that had me begging to be put out of my misery.
A note for anyone stupid enough to clean hot peppers without gloves:
Those internet remedies do not help AT ALL. If you burn your hands on hot peppers, you are going to know what agony is. No ER phone nurse, or psychiatrist aunt who used to be a dermatologist, will be able to help you. You will be on your own.
Things that might dampen the misery some:
A bowl of tepid water to contunally place your hands in and out of.
1000 mg of Motrin.
100 mg Benadryl
The “full of dirty fuzz” Vicodin found in the cosmetic case you took to Bogata.
The passing of 6 hours.