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Unread 12-25-2001, 05:05 PM
Funny chapstick story

Hi, everyone. I'm 14 days post-op today. Doing pretty good, I think. DH keeps telling me I'm trying to do to much, but it's hard to sit still. Anyway, I wanted to tell you what happened at the castle. I made sure I took my trusty chapstick, since that seemed to be the number one item everyone recommended. And I got a cold sore a few days before I went in. Hadn't had one in years, I'm sure it was the stress. Anyway, it was that first night. I had been sick half the day (never threw up, but I get vertigo after anesthesia) but was feeling much better, especially with lots of Dilaudid in the PCA. Of course I had Ted-hose, Flowtron, IV, PCA, lovely foley catheter, and supplemental oxygen. Tubes everywhere. I had been using my chapstick and it was on the little table. Well, nurse comes in and takes it away! She said it has petroleum products in it and it can't be used around oxygen! I got it back the next day, midafternoon, when they discontinued the oxygen, but it was a real drag without it. I think she was being overly cautious, I mean how much petroleum is in there? And how would it spark? But I survived, and my lips are fine.
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Unread 12-25-2001, 05:52 PM
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I usually use the beeswax/vitE/lanolin/etc. natural kind, but I have some ChapStick around here someplace. Hate the stuff. I'll have to take it out back and set fire to it. I'll let you know what happens.

p.s. Don't try this with WD-40. Just take my word for it.
Unread 12-25-2001, 05:54 PM
Funny chapstick story

Hi ya Annie,

That is an interesting quirk. I would never given a thought to the petroleum in chapstick or its adverse reaction to oxygen. That is a very valuable warning to all LIW. You never know what can cause a spark, it could just be static cling from your sheets rubbing together. Better safe than sorry.

I know its hard to rest but yoiur body will thank you in the long run. Try starting a new and interesting hobby, like painting or writing. Something that takes alot of brain power but no much physical exhertion. I know, I know, your dreams of becoming a heavy weight boxer have been dashed. But you can still entertain your brain so you won't get board.

Thanks again for the words of caution.

Hugs & Prayers,
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Unread 12-26-2001, 06:27 AM
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Unfortunately I have the blisters to prove it!! Be very thankful you had an on the ball nurse! I brought my trusty Carmex with me and guess what, you got it, blisters big time!! I am a CNA and I know better than use petroleum produts on oxygen patients but never crossed my mind in all the excitement of surgery. LIW please me careful with your chapstick choices. I can chukle now about it but it was scary and could have been much more severe. Kudos to your nurse, we need more like her out there!!:caution:

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