All Burn Survivors no matter
what age, go through a lot during all stages of recovery. When the
burn survival starts the hospital staff, doctors, nurses, aids,
family and friends are needed. The burn survivor having to go to a
burn unit is not surprising. They get the evaluation, care and
positive help needed. A group of specialists like plastic surgeons,
cardiac, pulminary, internal medicine, infectious disease,
psychiatrists, etc. are on call for the burn unit and are ready to
do their job in the repair and survival of the new patient. The main
doctors incharge of the burn unit have the education and experiecne
in how to put together the best possible care for all Burn
Survivors. Physical and Occupational therapists work in this type of
unit to overview and try to repair and stop any more damage to the
body. They are needed to evaluate the Burn Survivor ASAP for the
treatment to be put into effect and also medical equipment that is
needed to keep the body in the best positions possible.
Burn Survivors many times are
treated in a regular hospital setting. Some hospitals have the team
that has worked with Burn Survivors. On the other hand many realize
that it is best to send them to Burn Units due to the type of burns
and their medical history.
During recovery it is very
positive for the burn survivor, family and friends to see and
discuss things with the team and also with Burn Survivors that come
to the hospital to support these individuals.
Burn Survivors have been
released from hospitals prior to the time they should have.
Unfortionately many times they return to the hospital. Many are sent
to places like nursing homes, motels, their home,etc. that are not
able to take care them. Also Burn Survivors very often need medical
help orthotics, prosthetics and surgery for years after their
actually becoming a burn survivor. Burn
Survivors Throughout The World, Inc. (BSTTW) is
realizing the full range of problems a new Burn Survivor faces.
Adults and Children are injured
in many incidents that they did and did not cause.
Children also have problems
that need to be addressed by a team that knows how to care for and
relate to them. There are special Burn Units for children. Shriners
Children's Hospital's make sure that their Burn Survivors are given
special help. They even have free rehabilitation. Again there are
times children are kept in regular hospitals children's units.
In the legal end there are
groups that are fighting for the H.R. 1130 Fire Safe Cigarettes Act
of 1999, and the Safe Children's Sleepware H.R. 329, just to name
two. This so our government has the Bills that help in saving lives
that are in relationship to fires.
Burn Survivors are like other
people. Their beauty comes from within. The external scars are not
the signs of the care, love and goodness they can give. They like
others can be negative or positive people. Part of the beauty of a
Burn Survivor is that so many learned the true meaning of life by
surviving a physical and emotional trauma. As we all know many
individuals in the world have also learned due to injuries and other
situations in their life.
The World needs to put their
abilities together. There are so many products, medications and work
found in so many areas of the world. All doctors need to use the
best that the World has to offer. This is not to say that some
doctors are not presently doing so.
Life changes for Burn
Survivors. They can have things that were so easy become so hard.
Also there are limits to what they can do. Burn Survivors continue
to reach goals that are needed to become happier individuals.
Every year there is the World
Burn Congress. It is a very positive time for Burn Survivors. They
are educated, meet other Burn Survivors, some become friends, get
and give support and enjoy life with others that so many understand
and accept the external scars. For some Burn Survivors certain
feelings and flash backs are released during this time and they have
the other Burn Survivors to lean on.
I am the founder of BSTTW
and also a burn survivor. In
May 1998, I pulled over in my car to take a rest. I was a cigarette
smoker at that time in my life. I read the bible and smoked a cigarette.
I thought that I put out the cigarette before I went to
sleep. Unfortunately, I was wrong and I woke up to me and the car on
fire. My legs below the knees were in flames. I rolled down
the window in the car and then opened the door and got out. I knew
that I needed to put the fire on my body out before I burned down to
nothing. So I reentered the car to get a gallon bottle of water I
had in the car. As I reentered the car, my face, neck and right hand
took heat impact and suffered 2nd degree burns. Fortunately, I did
put the fire out on body and was able to walk away from the car. I got
about 50 yards away from the car and sat down. The windows of the car
began to explode. I waited for about 15 minutes until a local driver saw
the fire, made a phone call and came over to see what was happening. He and
another gentleman helped me get up and walk over to his truck. He opened up
the back of the truck and had me sit and wait for the paramedics to arrive.
About 10 more minutes passed. The paramedics show up and began to remove my
shoes, socks and cut my pants to see the damage. I suffered 1st, 2nd, 3rd and
4th degree burns. I was asked to get up and walk over to the ambulance. I tried
to stand and my legs could not hold me up. The walk away from the car when it was
on fire was the last time I walked for 2 1/2 years. After medical
treatment, surgeries, medical equipment and a lot of rehabilitation,
I was able to walk again. Due to the burn injury my life changed
God has given me the chance to
continue life and help others. That is why I Founded
BSTTW . Do not hesitate to reach out to
BSTTW for the support, education and advocacy you need to
rebuild your life.
God Bless you, your family
SURVIVORS SUNDAY 2000
Life is not
always what we expect
happen at any time
the power from God and others
Our fight to
continue to live stays alive.
friends that we have
Are the ones
They help us so
that we need.
remember the fire
Or are bothered
It is time for
us to get love, help and truly believe.