Junior suffers second degree burns


Michael Holst, Staff Writer

Junior Graham Pierce suffered second degree burns to his hands on Oct. 19. After a long day of scooping ice cream for his job at Tallgrass Creek Retirement Home, Pierce decided to cool off his hand by putting it on the side of the freezer. Unfortunately, Pierce’s hand immediately got stuck, and began to hurt.

“My lousy coworkers thought I was kidding or thought it was funny and didn’t help me,” Pierce said. “Even my manager told people not to help me until she got a picture. Finally one of my friends who came out from the kitchen saw me in my pathetic state and immediately got the water I was asking for.”

Because of his burns, Pierce has found it hard to do many things in his daily life.

“Do you want a list?” Pierce asked when referring to everything that has been made difficult. “Pretty much every part of my life has been affected. My mom drove me to school for like a week; it was embarrassing. I took an entire trig test with my left hand; it was devastating. I couldn’t be in the musical because I couldn’t play the bass.”

Pierce went to the doctor for treatment immediately after the incident.

“First the doctor gave me those sweet, sweet pain pills and an antibiotic,” Pierce said. “Then I could finally sleep.”

Pierce now regularly applies petroleum jelly on his burns and wraps them in gauze. He later had his blisters drained and was given an antibiotic cream to keep his fingers from getting infected. Pierce said that two of his fingers, the palm, and back of his hand are almost completely healed.

“It doesn’t hurt too much anymore,” Pierce said. “It’s just very sensitive, so I can’t have much pressure or weight on it.”

He is unsure as to when his hand will be completely healed, but is hopeful that it will be healed by Nov 26. If his pointer finger is not healed by then, he will need to get skin grafts (taking healthy skin from another part of the body and stitching it onto his fingers).

Throughout this whole process Pierce has appreciated the way people have treated him.

“Everyone has been really nice and understanding about it,” Pierce said. “Even today, people asked, ‘How’s the hand?’ All in all, it’s been nice to know that people care about me.”