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08:06 pm: A Burn

This recliner company doesn't have heat and vibration anymore, so I use a heating pad in the chair. Last night it felt a bit hot in one place but I didn't want to move Spirit on my lap so I could move the heating pad. After I came over here and wrote the post, the heat was still there so I put my hand up under my top and there's a big blister -- second degree burn -- there. And right above it, scabs. I'd been waking up some mornings with what looked like a mole under my fingertips and open skin. It's itchy around that area so the next time I saw my primary, I was going to ask to see the dermatologist. It's time for the regular scan, anyway, and I thought if she took this mole off, then I wouldn't keep taking it off myself. And now it turns out to be burns from the heating pad. It's just one part of it that hurts and normally if it does hurt, I move that part. But maybe I should get a new heating pad. Today the blister is a bit less full, but still has fluid in it.

After I was online last night, I went to bed at 3:30am to read. I planned to read until 5am, but read until 6am. I went right to sleep and didn't set the alarm so I woke up at 4:30pm. I marked next week's TV Guide, went through the coupons, and made the grocery list for Monday. I really hope they have the kitty litter. Lasting the whole week with what the big kitties have will be very difficult.

I realized that the food machine doesn't know what date it is -- so either I reset all three times, or the cats just get food an hour later than now, compared to my time. I'm letting them get it later.

Maryland is massively Democratic, so the run for governor isn't that big a problem. Unless, Tuesday afternoon, a robocall goes to 50,000 Democratic voters and tells them that the Democratic governor has already won, so they don't have to go vote. The firm that did it says it was counter-intuitive, meant to get Republicans out. Yeah, right. The Maryland AG is investigating to see if the call was fraud and voter intimidation, which are both illegal.

I see scooters around a few times a week, but apparently there's a lot of them at colleges. A Maryland football player got both of his legs broken recently -- no helmet, no light, but the right of way -- when a woman drove across in front of him. The coaches would like to ban the scooters, but can't. A school officer at UW-Madison set up rules, found in a pamphlet and online, and they're having a lot fewer accidents.

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From:ritaxis
Date:November 7th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
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What's of more concern than even the fact of the burns is that you're able to get the burns without getting enough discomfort beforehand to prevent them. For this reason I think you need to get a heating pad that doesn't put out much heat.

It's like the nurse told me about my hands -- since I don't notice heat that isn't really hot, I can't trust my hands to notice heat that's dangerous.
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From:joycependle
Date:November 7th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
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This.

Or get a rice bag, or refill a cushion with rice (lavender, wheat, any grain). Put a fluffy cover on it. Heat it in the microwave, and make sure it is cool before reheating.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 7th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
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I would almost certainly not do that because it's not right at the recliner. I'd plan to, but I wouldn't do it. Thanks, though!
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 7th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I know, and they're in almost the same place, which damages the skin more than normal. I'm already using the least heat on this one, but I'll look for another.
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From:serge_lj
Date:November 7th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
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How can you suggest that the loyal opposition would resort to such tactics and undermine democracy for personal gains in power?
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 7th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
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LOL Near the end, the Republican candidate (who was governor a term back -- the first in decades) said that if he got 30%, that was as good as winning. He actually got 42%, so the Democratic winner has to work harder.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:November 9th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
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Interesting about scooters. In NJ, scooters are treated just like a motorcycle and need to be registered, inspected and insured in order to be driven on the street. And since all of that is expensive, it might explain why we don't see very many scooters in NJ. (I actually can't recall ever seeing a scooter) However, I have been seeing loads of "Smart cars" that scare me to death. They look like they would crumple up if you sneezed on them and they are zipping along the highways at 65 mph!
As to the heating pad, please replace it ASAP. If it's hot enough to burn you on the lowest setting, then most likely it is defective and could be a fire hazard.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 9th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, if the scooters had to be treated like motorcycles, I don't think we'd have as many here, either. I've seen tests on the SmartCars, though and they really are good at not being crushed. My problem would be getting in and out.

I'm looking for a new heating pad. I'm not sure it's defective, it's just hotter where the cord meets the pad and normal-sized people probably don't sit with that behind them.
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