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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Dash to A&E Last night

Defcon 4! all systems are go!

The little man lost his balance and fell backwards onto the radiator valve in the bathroom, sustaining a pretty deep puncture wound on his left buttock. He's only 2 and a half years old and never really hurt himself before so it was surprising how well he handled it, he was the proper brave little soldier.
I picked him up and held him and the blood was running down my arm, so Carly ran and got the first aid kit, I cleaned and dressed the wound and we could see there was a deep hole with a flap of skin loose, we knew it was time to get down the hospital. The little man had stopped crying but turned around and saw the blood on my hands and asked what it was, and luckily I have a bright red shower gel at the moment so I told him it was just the soap from the bathroom so he didn't freak out. I think one of the most important things when kids hurt themselves is to keep calm yourself and in turn keep them calm about it too. In the A&E waiting room we distracted him with a bag of maltesers from the vending machine until it was his turn to be seen.

I can't fault the A&E department at Southend Hospital, they were really good with him, laughing and joking and telling him that they were friends with spiderman! Logan ended up needing to have his buttock glued back together and 4 butterfly stitches and is now home safe and sound, he made a lot less fuss about it than I would have!

It really brings home the importance of the small things like having a well stocked First Aid kit on hand so that he didn't have to sit with an uncleaned wound covered in blood on the way to the hospital. Or always having petrol in the car because you never know when you might need to get out of dodge and head for the hospital at a moments notice, and the last thing you want is to wait in the queue for the petrol pump with an injured toddler. Also having a bit of change in your wallet for parking/vending machines. All these things seem like simple common sense but are all too easy to overlook until it is too late, and make a real difference when it counts.


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