Wednesday, January 28, 2015


This week in our journey to have our family learn skills that will help them be prepared for all kinds of life surprises, we discussed burning.

We started our evening with a lesson from the Book of Luke.  Two disciples were on the road to Emmaus, a journey of approximately 12 kilometers, which is equal to about 7.5 miles.  Since they were discussing the events of the last few days (Christ's trial, crucifixion, resurrection and so on) with the fellow traveler and since said traveler was explaining the purpose of those days and expounding upon scripture, I think they were walking no faster than a 20 minute mile.  That would have been a 2.5 hour journey.  Then the two, who were generous and righteous men, invited the stranger to stay with them.  He did.  As he broke bread and prayed upon that broken bread that those who would partake would remember Jesus Christ and his sacrifice, they knew him.  The previously unrecognized traveler was the resurrected Christ.

"And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

Saying, The Lord is risen indeed."
                                                                                                Luke 24:32-34

Last week we learned how to use a lighter and a fire extinguisher.  We also learned about Stop, Drop and Roll. This week we learned how to treat a burn.

The first things to learn in any kind of first aid is to: First, not panic, but to be in control, and Second, shock can be as serious as the wound and can be experienced even with a smallish injury.

Dad taught the family how to treat shock.  Even the six year old can recite the steps to treating someone who might be suffering from shock.

Now that we know how to treat the very possible effect of a burn, we started in on treating the burns themselves.  I wanted the children to be able to quickly identify the difference between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns.  They needed to see pictures.  1st and 2nd were not that scary, but the 3rd degree burns were pretty gruesome.  Knowing that some of my children are particularly sensitive, I didn't want to freak them out, but I do want them to be prepared!  It was hard to find pictures that told the story without making the children unnecessarily frightened of fire.

At one point, our 9 year old covered her face and groaned, "Why are you teaching us this?!"  I gently reminded her that as difficult as it can be to talk about these scenarios, it would only be more terrifying if one of the scenarios occurred and she had no idea what to do.  Knowledge is power, though there are some things I wish I didn't have to know either!

After the lessons and role playing, we made cold compresses for those 1st degree burns (and other injuries). I'd seen two different recipes, so we tried them both.

#1 = 1 cup Dish Washing Detergent + 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol
#2 = 1 cup Water + 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol
 I like the one made with the dish soap better because it turned out more gel-like than the other. Now just to see how these hold up with the children!  I'm going to be double-bagging them at the very least!

My favorite ice pack is the dish detergent and rubbing alcohol.  Better gel-like consistency.
There you go!  I'd never made candles or ice packs until I made this goal to teach my family.  It is amazing what stretching you'll do for your children.

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