I went to the medical clinic in town and the doctor told me that I have a couple of areas that ARE pretty close to second degree burns.(He called them "partial thickness burns".) He prescribed some prescription cream/gel, cool soak baths, and antibiotics, and told me to take advil and tylenol alternating between the two every 4 hours. Antibiotics are for when the water blisters start to burst(I bet that's gonna be fun!!) so I don't get an infection.
I'm actually feeling pretty ill and he says this is not uncommon for someone so severely burned. Flulike symptoms are common as is fever, which I have both. He said that someone as fair as me should NEVER tan in a tanning bed and I should avoid it like the plague from here on out. DUH!! I will CERTAINLY avoid it like the plague...
I actually have dressings on the area UNDER my breasts because the skin there was so irritated and had rubbed together and the blisters there were worse than anywhere else. Yeah so I have GAUZE under my boobs. YAY!
He said that I had pretty badly damaged the skin under my breasts, and on my butt because those areas NEVER see the sun and therefore they are the WORST burned. (and other unmentionable places like the crease of your legs where the undies hit.) The blistering there is pretty significant and he guesses that it will be at least a week or two before I will truly be comfortable sitting down again. I have to keep the prescription cream on those areas and keep them clean and dressed with gauze and take antibiotics to prevent infection. There is a possibility I will actually have SCARRING there after the blisters are gone.
I go back in a week for another checkup and he will determine then what the next step is. He did say he didn't think I would be wearing a sports bra anytime in the near future, OR a real bra for that matter. *sigh* So much for running anytime soon. I guess I could go to the gym and ride the bikes in a LIGHT support sports bra if that's tolerable for exercise. I'm guessing I could still lift SOME weights too since my arms aren't too badly burned nor are my legs.
I'm definitely going to talk to the idiot behind the tanning counter that did this to me. I mean I KNOW it's partially my fault too but I have NEVER tanned before and he is supposed to KNOW what he is doing. You would THINK he would know better than to put CASPER in a high compression bed for 15 minutes on her first tan. HELLO!!!
Ok...so I'm going to take something and put this cream stuff on again and try to lay down and get somewhat comfortable....I'll post again later if there are any new developments..