The past few days, one of my best friends came for a visit from NJ. She met us in Sedona – so we had to take her to see this perfect place.
First stop was the airport. No, not to pick her up, to show her a panorama of the famous rock formations. The Sedona Airport is perched at the highest elevation in Sedona, so we drove up Airport Road to the scenic spot and snapped some pics of the “coffee pot”, “Snoopie” and “Cathedral Rock”.
Next stop, The Chapel of the Holy Cross. As we climbed the winding ramp to the top, I found a cactus fruit on the ground. Yellow and bumpy, I rolled it in my hand to make sure there were no sharp spots and then I handed to Dominic – an impromptu learning opportunity. What we learned was that there are virtually microscopic cactus quills on it.
After about 3 minutes, Dominic handed it back to me because he saying it was “hurting him”. I inspected it again – and saw nothing. Fast forward 5 minutes, and we are now in the sanctuary of this sacred and peaceful chapel. What better time to start screaming!
Dominic started complaining that he had tiny quills in his fingers and palms. Still I could not see a thing, as he jerked his injured hand in front of me – worried that my touch would make them sting even more.
Out of the chapel and into the sunlight – I caught a fleeting glimmer of a small stem in his index finger. Chris got involved and the yelling increased. There were tears and panic!
Thankfully, my visiting friend is a doctor, with a lot of patience…
We headed to the truck to further examine the patient – armed with a couple of strips of scotch tape (to pull out the imperceptible prickles). Dr. Sara coaxed Dominic to relax his hand and started the extractions.
There were hundreds! The lil guy had them all over his hand, his palm, in between his fingers – everywhere!
Soon, the tape lost its adhesive powers and we headed to a store for some sharp tweezers. Dr. Sara continued the procedure and after about an hour, Dominic was quill free and on the road to recovery.
Additional note: If you don’t have your own doctor, and you fall into a cactus – you can cover the affected area with white glue, let is dry, and then peel if off. This should remove the majority of the needles.
Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality. She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.