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WARNING TO HARPISTS! GLUE GUNS!

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    Harpists- beware lest you suffer my fate. I was helping my son with a school project. We were using a glue gun and I let the thing get ridiculously hot. While I was holding the thing to glue on, the base slipped. I quickly told my son to set it up again, but in those milli-seconds the glue oozed down onto the pad of my third right finger and the fingernail of my left second finger. After the screaming subsided I am left with two incredible blisters, of course two weeks before holiday cantatas, corporate gigs, and Christmas services. AAAAAAAAAA! Take my advice – shun glue guns until Epiphany or wear leather gloves.

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    rod-c
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    Steven:

    Ouch!

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    My aunt suggested putting toothpaste (not gel) on a small burn right after it happens; that it takes away the pain and won’t blister– she tried it and it worked. Has anyone done or heard of this?

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    tonya-a
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    The only thing I’d put on a brand new burn would be COLD water – takes the heat out – blisters are sadly inevitable, but I find pressure with a bandaid can keep them small when I get one on my finger. Just make sure that the adhesive from the bandaid doesn’t touch the burn, or it would add insult to injury, so to speak.

    Sorry – glue guns are scary things- I’ve switched to the ‘cool melt’ version because I’ve incurred far too many self-inflicted burns as you’ve described.

    Signed –

    Harpist, Mom, RN, PhD in burned fingers (my own, mostly)

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    Minnesota Harpist
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    This is too late to help now, but for future reference…

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    john-strand
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    Here in deep Texas, fresh aloe vera is a standard sunburn remedy as well as treatment for any accidental burns – I have used it myself and highly recommend it – If you can’t find a plant, you can probably find fresh aloe vera bottled in a health food store – (real aficionados also drink the “gel” as an ulcer treatment)
    Your dilemma reminds me of a lesson learned many years ago the Friday afternoon before a Saturday morning wedding – Do NOT under ANY circumstances use the electric table saw for a “quick project” – I super glued my slashed thumb closed prior to the wedding, but it didn’t quite hold through the postlude and I ended up dripping blood on the soundboard – not what I would call my best moment, but the show did go on – – – –
    Good luck with your Christmas season – you aren’t by any chance doing any services up at Oral Roberts place are you??? You know the old joke about Oral tried to put out a record many years ago, but the hole kept healing up – – – –

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