It Was Book Week at School
Oliver’s mum retells her son’s visit to Epworth’s Geelong’s emergency department.
Oliver is good now. He went swimming and a few stitches came off. I was really worried but the GP said the wound was healing okay and would not be a problem—but try to keep him away from water!
It was book day at school, so Oliver dressed up as his favourite book character, Harry Potter. We were just about to leave for school when I realised Oliver hadn’t brushed his teeth, so I sent him back inside. Next thing I heard him crying loudly. I ran into the house and saw him on the floor covered in blood. His lip was so swollen I thought a whole chunk was missing.
As a mother, this situation was just horrible. I’m not good with blood and didn’t know what to do. Luckily, my sister-in-law is a nurse so I called her and asked her what to do. She immediately told me to go to Epworth Geelong Emergency Department. She said they will have all the facilities to treat Oliver on the spot.
I think Oliver went into shock. He went all quiet and sleepy. We live in Lara, about 15 minutes away on the freeway. I realised that the quickest way to get him to hospital was to drive him there myself, so I did. I was scared that he had a concussion, but thankfully he didn’t.
We were taken to a room straight away. No waiting time at all. Oliver was much calmer once he was seen by the nurses and doctors. He was excited when he got into the bed and he realised he had a screen he could play with and he had all these people looking after him.
A cape that’s not so invisible after all
Once Oliver was calm and he could talk. We found out that he rushed to get back to the car, tripped over his Harry Potter cape and hit his face on the wall—cutting his lip on the skirting board.
The surgeon stitched him up in the theatre under anaesthetic to put him to sleep. An adult would have this procedure done in emergency, but the nurses didn’t want to upset him or scare him. He got 7 stitches. It all took about one hour, as he needed some time to come out of the sleep.
Becuase Oliver was dressed as Harry Potter, he had a scar painted on his forehead. It must have been good because one of the nurses wanted to take a look it! We explained it was fake and had a giggle.
Oliver is my only child and I’m not good with blood at the best of times, but I’m lucky that my sister in law is a nurse and was able to help me.
Oliver was very brave and he is healing well. Everyone was so nice. He just wanted to stay at the hospital and try all the gadgets.
I’m good now, but I was very upset when it happened. My husband tells me I’m still very nervous about it. He is suggesting I do a first aid course, so if anything happens again I will know what to do.
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