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WHEN BB GUNS ARE OUTLAWED ONLY MAMAW WILL HAVE MERTHIOLATE

I bet I’m not the only one that had this applied to scraped knees cuts and barbed wire scratches unwillingly. Something got me thinking about my Grandma’s second favorite cure today. Her first favorite would be the Godawful creation Castor Oil… shudder…


If you aren’t familiar with this hellish liquid, it’s a disinfectant that seems to work by the mechanism of burning with the heat of a million super novas and cauterizing the wound. Well that’s probably not true. It felt true though. Jesus it hurt. Cure was worse than the wound kinda thing.

One time in the summer of 1984 I was on the monkey bars at a campground in western Ky and while swinging to the next bar, friction peeled every bit of the skin off the palm of my left hand. It was raw. No kidding. Strangely it didn’t hurt much at all. But when you have a flap of skin dangling from your hand that used to be the palm you tend to not take it too well as a child. I got back to the camper and of course Mamaw’s instinct was to get that stuff and dump it all over the raw weeping wound.. And that’s how Granny died. Just joking about that. But I wouldn’t swear under oath that maybe for a micro second dark intentions didn’t crossed little brain before it became washed out with white hot agony.

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