Here’s the deal, my room is heated by a radiator that I cannot control (I live in a dorm room…), and the radiator gets really hot sometimes! The room is extremely small, and my bed is right up against the radiator. I’ve lived in this room, with this furnature configuration for 3 years now, and never a problem… until now.
The other day, I went to bed as usual. I woke up at maybe 3AM, with my left hand hurting… turned on the light to discover two HUGE 3rd degree burns on the back of my hand (immediatley below my thumb). The one closest to the thumb is 2.5 cm. long, and 1.5 cm. wide. The second one, below the first is 2.5 cm. long, and .5 cm. wide. When I first noticed them, they were blistered (and I’ve had blisters before, but nothing like this!). The next day, the blisters popped, and I now have two huge lesions on my hand; the smaller one may not scar, but the larger probably will… I give measurements to point out that these are fairly sever burns, that one would normally notice.
The only explanation I can come up with is that I rolled up against the radiator in my sleep… My Q is this: why didn’t I wake up when my hand began to burn? How long does it take pain to kick in when you’re asleep?