But man, I sure wish I could have started my piccolo career with these Burkart babies.
With regards to trying these piccolos out, filming, and editing, it was actually pretty smooth. I was delayed, however, in my delivery of this review for FCNY to approve. I thought you guys might like the story.
Disclaimer: It has nothing to do with flutes or piccolos.
I was going to spend all day Tuesday finishing up editing this video. On Monday night at 3:30am (technically Tuesday early morning), I woke up to an inflamed, swollen left index finger, with patches of rashes going up my arm. Now, I do have a history of having severe allergic reactions to bug bites, so I thought to myself, Oh God. This is it. This is it. I'M GOING TO THE ER.
In the process of getting up to inspect the damage in the bathroom (and continue freaking out), I woke up my boyfriend, Jon. We ended up surfing online to see if my symptoms matched anything. Nothing. Except for similar issues that included insect bite poisoning or acute infections.
Cue more freaking out.
Jon decided that we should call a 24-hour nurse hotline to help us decide whether or not to go to the ER. The nurse asked me a bunch of questions, most of which I answered with "no". She concluded that it sounded like hives, though she couldn't explain the mysterious swelling. She told me to put hydrocortisone cream on the affected areas and take a Benadryl to calm the swelling and itchiness.
Great. So now I just sleep and see what happens in the morning?
Oh great. What if I need to go to the doctor anyway tomorrow? What if it gets worse? I won't have enough time to finish my video then. What if I need to go for more doctor's visits afterwards? I might need to delay publishing the review altogether. But it's already the end of August. What do I do. What do I do? WHAT DO I DO, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
The Benadryl still succeeded in knocking me out, despite the racing thoughts.
I woke up in the morning to find that all the rashes had disappeared. Well, that's odd. Typically, any rashes I get takes days to disappear. In fact, I still have a nasty scar from an insect bite I got over a month ago.
Now only half my finger was swollen--from the tip to the 2nd joint. Hm.
Needless to say, I was filled with mixed feelings of relief that whatever this was seemed to be going away and confusion over what this thing even was. Was this just the beginning? Was it going to keep developing?
As you can imagine, it was difficult to sit still and edit. I still managed to do so, but suddenly, at around 6:30pm, I had an epiphany.
Jon had told me stories before about how he had accidentally gotten jalapeno juice under his nail when slicing jalapenos. His fingers swelled up for a few days. One time he didn't scrub a spoon he used to scrape out jalapeno seeds enough. He used the spoon the next morning to eat cereal. He knew it tasted oddly spicy but didn't think anything of it until he went to work with swollen lips.
That's when I realized that I had been slicing jalapenos on Monday night.
My left index finger is closest to the blade when I'm holding the jalapenos steady on the cutting board. I must have gotten jalapeno juice under my nail somehow and failed to wash it out thoroughly. Then, in the night, I must have used my other hand to touch my inflamed, swollen finger, gotten some jalapeno juice on my right hand, which must have touched the other parts of my arm while I was sleeping, causing those areas of my arm to break out in rashes.
I nearly went to the ER over jalapeno juice getting under my skin.
The nice thing was that I could finally fully concentrate on editing after figuring this all out. Still took me until 3:30am to fully complete and submit the video. I'm writing this blog post on Friday, and as of now, the swelling has diminished to just the size of a pimple between my nail and first joint. Yay.
There goes my sleep schedule. Trying to fix it again. Sigh.
At least it turned out to be a pretty good video, in my opinion. Hope you guys enjoy it too!
Don't get jalapeno juice under your skin, kids.
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- grenadilla wood hand-cut headjoint with solid silver fittings
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