The pain just kept getting worse and my hands felt like they were on fire. Literally a miserable pain. I kept my hands in a bucket of ice because that was the only relief. But, I had to keep taking them out because they were getting so cold. I finally broke down and cried. I didn’t even cry for the first 38 hours of labor, but these jalapenos were kicking my butt.
The hubs ordered me into the car to go to Urgent Care. We got there at 7:59pm. They closed at 8. And they wouldn’t see me. I was standing outside the door, with my bucket of ice and I cried some more. From all the stuff I read online, it seemed that getting morphine was the only thing that took away some peoples serious pain. I just didn’t want to go to the ER. The ice totally numbed my hands, but withing 1 minute of being out, the pain was raging. I figured if I could keep my hands in ice for the 12-24 hours they say the pain last, I would make it.
So that’s what I did. All.Night.Long.
I drank wine through a straw, my sis fed me cookies and I soaked, soaked, soaked. Then I slept in a chair with my precious ice bucket.
When I woke up this morning (after the hubs having to get my pj’s on and not washing my face) I was feeling better. Tingly and numb (possibly from frostbite), but better. But there are still oils on your hands that could spread, so I’m rocking tube socks and am terrified to touch my babies. You know how weird it is to type with socks on your hands?
Oh that sounds horrible!! Are you sure that it was a jalapeno you were using? I make guac with jalapenos all the time and use fresh and touch them, etc. I have never had a reaction like that. I wonder if it was a hotter pepper that got thrown in the jalapeno basket? Geez. I'm so sorry! I hope it feels better soon…
Mrs. B says
Oh My Gosh! I hope you're feeling better today 🙂 What a scare! YIKES!!!
Most DEFINITELY I will remember this for cooking in the future.
Feel better soon!
Oh my gosh! That's crazy!
But that also explains what happened to me on Monday night. I was slicing and dicing jalapenos and taking the seeds out without any gloves. I couldn't figure out why the next 12 hours my hands were burning beyond belief. So…. apparently we BOTH didn't know that. 🙁 :O oops.
Mrs in Training says
yikes! ditto meghan, I've diced jalapenos dozens of times with no problems..maybe a ghost pepper or something? you poor thing 🙁
Mrs in Training says
my response sounds sorta dick, didnt mean it to be…must affect everyone differently! but glad it doesn't hurt as bad now!
Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast says
Omg, poor you!!!! Though, the pics of wine through a straw and coffee with tube socks are hilariously adorable 🙂 I will definitely heed this advice!
That is crazy!!!!! & I can't believe Urgent Care won't see you anyways!! 🙁 Hope your feeling much better!!! & you get to enjoy the rest of your vaca!
Poor Girl…happened to me too. I found using a spoon to scoop out the seeds while holding the pepper with a paper towel seemed to work for me. Don't feel too alone, I had to learn the hard way too and I am from Arizona where jalpenos are served with ice cream 🙂
Molly…. I imagine that would be awful, but seriously… that is funny!!
And you're such a sport because I would have probably called 911 on myself and been taken to the hospital in an ambulance. 🙂
Lisa, An American Mom says
I'm wondering if you have an allergy or something! I've cut up raw jalapeños many times and while I do usually wear plastic baggies on my hand I know I've gotten some of the oils on my hands and I've never had such a severe reaction! I have had the stinging but I usually just try to wash my hands well with soap and not touch my eyes. I'm so sorry Molly! That sounds horrible. 🙁 But you'll never forget that salsa!
Hmmm, I've also cut up jalapenos with my bare hands and never had a problem. I do try to be careful and take a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Maybe everyone reacts differently or maybe you had some super hot peppers. Glad the ice bucket did it. I just laugh at the thought of seeing you though, lol
Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! says
Oh my goodness, that sounds awful!!! I have to admit, I did laugh…just a little bit! 😉
Oh! I am so sorry! If it makes you feel any better, I didn't know you shouldn't touch the peppers with your hands either. Hope you are feeling better today.
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That is awful. But made a great post though!
Wow, that is crazy!! I cut up jalapenos all the time with no problems. I actually just made some salsa with them today, and touched the seeds and everything. You are one tough cookie though, I probably would have given in and went to the ER! Glad you are feeling better! 🙂
Oh girl! I hope your family appreciated the salsa!!!
And that picture of you with the wine through a straw made me laugh. 🙂
That sounds so miserable!!! Have to say though…the tube sock hands are cute. 😉
OMG! I seriously had no idea either. I rarely cook with them though!
Glad you are better now! I can't believe that the doctors office wouldn't see you!! Imagine if you had sliced off your finger or something?! That is horrible!!
Oh my gosh, you poor girl!
I've never had this problem before. Maybe your skin is just extra sensitive to it. I'm sorry! I hope your hands are getting better.
P.S. You're a trooper! 😉 Loving the straw in the wine!
I had NO idea! I use fresh jalapenos all the time, but try not to let my fingers touch the insides (only because if you get it on your fingertip an touch your eyes, your screwed). I can't believe that happened to you. So sorry!
Hope your better!
Thanks for sharing, I never thought about that before!
oh no!!! the same thing happened to my husband! he was also in a lot of pain! hope you are doing better!
Melissa at Tall Blonde Blog says
You poor thing, but OMG that last picture is priceless 🙂
Oh no! I know how awful it feels I had the same thing happen to me!
It took a while for it to start and I had taken out my contacts so my hands and my eyes were swollen and burning! AWFUL!
So glad you didn't touch your kiddos before you knew what was going on!
Oh my goodness – I can't even imagine how painful! So glad you're okay! And I seriously laughed at the picture of you typing this post with your socked hands!!
Cassandra Hart says
OUCH! You poor thing! That had to hurt like crazy! Thanks for passing on the warning though, I now know what I will never cook with!
Oh my gosh … I had NO idea!! THANK YOU for this warning!!! I am happy you made it through this experience.
You poor thing!! I am so glad you shared because I NEVER would have guessed this!! The only good thing probably is that you noticed the pain before you got your hands on your kiddies!
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