Monday, September 18, 2017

Electricity

Day 131

Portable Shore Power

9:47am:
For RVers, having a solar electric system is Portable Shore Power. If you have solar on your RV, you understand how important solar is to you.

It's too soon to know how well our new 250 watt Yingli solar panel will perform in inclement weather situations. We only hooked up the Yingli late yesterday afternoon. Our solar electric will remain hooked up from now on.

Today dawned to a cloud filled and rainy sky. The House Battery reading a few minutes ago was 12.75 volts. If that voltage rises above 13.00 volts, we may be home free!

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10:17am:
Pain
Three days have passed since the fire on Friday, September 15th.

The burn pain is there all the time. Last nite, in order to sleep, I took:
[2] Trazodone 50 mg sleeping pills
[1]  Oxycodone 5 mg pain tablet

Even with these meds, I awoke after only four hours. Fortunately, I went back to sleep for an additional three hours. 😎

Through trial and error, I learned to apply my bandages loosely.  Too tight constricts the burn areas and causes pressure when the burn area swells up.



11:22am:
Breakfast pic

Cheese omelet, rye toast, Jimmy Dean sausage,
Swiss Miss hot chocolate



3:09pm:
Hurts to work
My desire is to keep on working. Doing my projects. But my hands are so tender. Especially my left hand. I try to keep from touching my burn wound. But it happens!



8:00pm:
Propane
Just now it dawned on me that we are low on propane. Because it has been cold today, we have used propane all day long. When we looked at the gage, it seemed to be very low.

A Shell station is the only place around here that we know of that fills propane tanks. We were very fortunate to get our tank filled there!

When our propane tank is empty, it will take 4.6 gallons. Tonite our tank took 4.15 gallons. Close! Very close!!






Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 206 feet
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19 comments:

  1. Try Motrin since oxycodone doesn't decrease inflammation which is what's most likely causing the pain. Burns are very easily infected. Make sure to keep clean.

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    1. Someone who cares,

      I'll give Motrin a try.

      Thank you,
      George


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    2. Ibuprofen is the generic. Much less expensive than the brand name.

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  2. Nice pocket tool George. Is that a buck 110 or 112?

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  3. Make sure the bandage is wrapped well enough to prevent air from getting to the burn area. Use extra gauze and tape rather than a very loose bandage that allows air to reach the area.

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    1. Janet Johns,

      That's not right!

      George

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    2. She is right George. Just don't use gauze.http://www.woundsource.com/blog/what-occlusive-dressing

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  4. I wrote earlier about this, maybe you did not see it. When I had a burn I used Manuka honey instead of ointments. I read about this earlier that even some hospitals are using it. It has to be the real manuka honey from New Zealand. Try look it up on Google, you'll find out quite a lot about it. What I particularly liked about it was that it took the pain away very quickly.

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    1. Vera,

      Yes, i saw it. Considering.


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  5. My doctor recommends Manuka, too. $45 for a small bottle at health food markets.

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  6. I didn't explain right. I obviously can not explain well.

    1. put on gloves
    2. put ointment on as many pieces of bandage gauze as you need to cover the entire burn area to good skin. Use lots of ointment since that also protects the burned area. I needed about 10 pieces of gauze.
    3. Use long strips of gauze to wrap and hold bandage gauze in place. Cover every inch of the bandage gauze to keep air from entering the area at all.
    4. Use very small pieces of tape to hold the gauze strips in place. Do not wrap the tape around the arm (or foot in my case). I did not use stretch gauze as that caused too much swelling.

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  7. Like this.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8-ai2kwwLI

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  8. John Wortendyke El Chaco9/18/17, 9:13 PM

    Hi George,
    Why didn't you put the solar panels on the top of the trailer where you wouldn't have to mess with them? John El Chaco

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    1. John Wortendyke El Chaco,

      Long time, no see!

      Easy install on the truck. Trailer has vents to contend with.

      George

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  9. Hey George, I think I'd rather be shot than burned..Haven't been shot..yet..hope never...
    I have used an ointment called Seldene..SSD1% is what is on my script bottle..It is a miracle for healing burns,give it a "shot" if you can..Heals burns in days!
    Best to you!
    Upriverdavid

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  10. P.S I've read that air needs to be able heal the burn wounds...You'll figure it out, knowing you..:+)

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    1. David Evans,

      I believe that you are correct about burn wounds healing faster when exposed to the air.

      That's a bit tricky when the burn also needs to be kept clean to avoid infection.

      George


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  11. Hi George, Sorry to hear of your burns. Sounds like all else is ok. Just another suggestion here. You may want to consider going swimming in the ocean if possible. Ocean water promotes healing ...

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