gift ideas

December 8, 2008

I got this an e-mail today about holiday gifts from Herbal Remedies. Check out the middle of the front page for some cheap presents, including some stuff my from Burts Bees — my favorite. Great place for klutzes who are into all-natural fixes!

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calmly coping

November 13, 2008

Just like a stereotypical klutz, I somehow caught both strep throat and the flu in about a two-week period.

With the flu, which I currently have, there’s really not much to do besides relax and try to deal with it.

While surfing the web for something to help, I found this amazing Web site about simplifying your life and making your day a little less stressful. The posts are very insightful and they have really helped me to relax and still be productive while sick. They are also helpful in calming down your non-sick days so that clumsy incidents are less likely to happen.

Besides resting, here are some helpful home remedies for the flu (or flu-like viruses).

Hopefully all of this will help with all of the inevitable illnesses of wintertime.

paper problems

October 27, 2008

Dealing with paper is an everyday event and so are my problems with it. Whether it’s computer paper, a newspaper or a sticky note, I always end up with at least a paper cut each day. Luckily, I’ve been injured by paper so often that I know exactly how to deal with it.

My worst experience with paper happened while I was covering a cake with wax paper.

I attempted to simply rip a sheet of wax paper from the roll using the serrated edge on the side of the box. Rather than cutting the paper, I followed through with the box’s edge until it lodged into my arm just shy of the major vein in my wrist.

My paper-induced scar

My paper-induced scar

Going to church and school the following days with a huge bandage across my wrist as if I had attemped suicide was really fun.

Another funny “cut story” that I saw recently: I was watching “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” earlier and laughed out loud when the father sprayed Windex on a cut. Unfortunately, Windex doesn’t really cure everything.

I think that as long as it’s noticeably too small of a cut to require emergency room care, putting some antibiotic ointment and a bandage is usually enough.

However, this blog’s list of home remedies (#14) suggests that crazy glue can be used to suture a larger cut — I’m a little skeptical. It also suggests chapstick. I would be more willing to try the latter.

fingernail torture

October 17, 2008

My obsessive compulsive nail biting may not be a matter of clumsiness, but when you’re biting your nail and accidentally rip the majority of it off, that’s pretty unlucky.

I just recently found out that nail biting is actually a condition known as onychophagia. This Yahoo article gives a good basic overview of the condition along with some treatment options, such as bitter-tasting nail polish or wearing gloves.

I’ve also heard that putting lemon juice or Tabasco sauce on your nails will leave a lasting taste. However, that probably wouldn’t be the best option for those of us who love lemons and Tabasco sauce.

There can also be some pretty terrible side effects to biting your nails, like increased chance of infection, gingivitis or nail deformity, according to this site. The site also has a lot more useful information as well as a message board for nail biters and a shop.

cat scratch fever

October 7, 2008

I’m not talking about the song by Ted Nugent. I’m talking about the hundreds of scratches any cat owner would be familiar with and the possible negative side effects of those scratches — besides the bleeding and scarring.

I live with my 2-year-old cat and my roommate’s kitten, therefore I have at least one scratch per week.

Anyone with a cat, or who knows someone who has one, should know how to properly care for a scratch wound, cat scratch fever or not. (I, for one, was surprised to learn from that article that the disease can be caught by being bitten or licked by a cat, especially a kitten.)

I know from experience that the only thing you can usually do is put ice on the wound to reduce swelling and cover it with a bandage to keep the scratch from getting infected.

For the more serious symptoms, like swelling of the lymph nodes, that may occur after a scratch, I found this emergency medicine blog that says that a round of antibiotics is the most extensive treatment. Those can easily be prescribed by the family doctor, usually.

The only sure way to keep from being scratched by your cat is to get their claws removed. This article on declawing explains the pros, cons, and opinions of vets on the topic.

It’s a pretty controversial surgery among cat lovers, but my cat has her front paws declawed and she still manages to get me with the back ones. So, surgery might not be the answer to avoid injuries, despite the fact that it saves your furniture.

solution to scarring

September 12, 2008

In the past week, I have acquired four new scars. Three came from the burns that my inner klutz helped me get, and a fourth came from a rather large scrape on my leg from trying to climb a stone wall — don’t ask.

Scars have never really bothered me, but I’ve never had a bad one. However, this may be the end of my lucky streak — the two burns on my elbow have turned into very…interesting scars that look as if I tried to cut my weenis off with scissors (see last post).

So, for the first time in my life, I’m on the lookout for some good techniques to reduce the appearance of scars. WebMD surprisingly gave a lot of different options for treating scars. My favorites were surgery (cut open the scar that is caused by a cut — interesting), steroid injection and radiotherapy.

I’m not quite that desperate to get rid of my scars, yet — and frankly, I can’t see spending that much money on treatment.

I know there are hundreds of creams and gels I could buy, but I’m more interested in home remedies — because they don’t contain harsh chemicals and tend to be cheaper.

Two interesting methods I found on my search were onion extract and tropical honey. According to this article, both methods have proven antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I’m not sure how great it would feel to have sticky honey on my elbow, though — or smelly onion extract, for that matter.

Several sites, including this blog, suggested vitamin E. According to the blog, vitamin E increases the elasticity of skin which helps to keep scars from forming in newly healed wounds (like mine). However, it also sites a few studies that show that the vitamin has no effect, or a negative effect, on scarring.

So, with no really realistic home remedies, the search continues…

burn baby, burn

September 8, 2008

My inspiration for this blog came from the two biggest incidents this week in which my inner klutz popped up.

Re-inactment of my burning my own arm...

Reenactment of me burning my own arm...

My second-degree burns!

My second-degree burns!

The first incident happened when I set my elbow down on top of my plugged-in hair straightener. That one really hurt — and turned out to be a second-degree burn. For those of you who get burned and don’t know which degree of burn you have, this article on burns is pretty helpful. According to a registered nurse I spoke with, anti-bacterial ointment is the last thing you want to put on a burn, which surprised me since I put it on everything — scrapes, cuts, acne, pokes from cat claws…

The nurse told me that burns need air, so covering them with ointment could keep burns from healing. She also said that if the burn blisters, to make sure and cover it with a bandage so it won’t pop. If it does, then it’s time to put on the ointment!

The second incident occurred when I was cleaning our stove and I grabbed the stove’s burner — it was turned on. It was much less painful than the first burn, but it only occurred two days later. So, I’ve been walking around with Band-Aids on my fingers AND elbow for the past few days. Attractive, I know.

While looking for home remedies for burns, I stumbled upon one interesting blog that suggested spreading toothpaste on burns.

Some other home cures for mild burns are pouring cold water, soda or milk over them, according to one Web site.

Or, if you want to try to avoid the burn altogether, I found this helpful, silly product.

why i’m an expert…

September 2, 2008

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Not many people can say that they have fallen into the Trevi Fountain or slid down a few steps while climbing Angkor Wat. Of course, not many people have an inner klutz like mine.

My inner klutz doesn’t only come with me abroad, though. It’s with me all day, every day.

After burning myself twice in the past week in two different ways (two second-degree burns from a hair straightener and two small burns from the eye of the stove), I decided I’m not going to take it anymore.

I’m going to start exploring my options and have a more open relationship with my klutz — it’s not like we’re married! I should be able to go out without it bothering me.

I’m thinking that balance will help, so I plan to start taking yoga classes to become a more balanced person overall. To start, I found this great blog post about yoga’s benefits and basic poses.

I’m also going to deal with the clumsy times as they come — which they inevitably will. For those times when your inner klutz shows up uninvited, I will offer some remedies that have helped me in the past and some new ones.

So, read on until your klutz is gone!