Did I ever tell you about the time I fell down the cellar stairs at my great grandma’s house? I was two at the time, but I still remember it in a hazy sort of way (I know – people aren’t supposed to be able to remember back that far, and our memories are not too reliable anyway, but I stand by my words – I remember). I was trying to take myself to the bathroom and I accidentally opened the cellar door instead. I stepped inside and kind of just flew down in the dark until I landed. I don’t know if I screamed. I looked up and saw the shape of a man in the doorway high above me, and then before I knew it I was being carried up the stairs and I was safe and unhurt. They said I did not get injured probably because I didn’t know I was falling, so I didn’t brace myself. Still, and I remember this far more clearly, for years after that, whenever I entered a room, I would carefully put one foot through the door first and poke around with my toes to make sure I didn’t accidentally step into a “room with no floor” ever again.
I finished the book. The last few chapters weren’t as fun as some of the others, because she gets into some more serious types of accidents (burns, etc.) and God forbid any of us have to go through the kind of things ER doctors see on their (I can imagine) sadder days “at the office.” At the same time, I am really glad I read this one – I learned so much about medical matters in general, and I think I feel a little more confident about making decisions to call or not to call the doctor when my child has a fever or the tells me her eyes are itching or some such.
She mentions that swimming lessons are not an acceptable substitute for putting a fence around your swimming pool, which caused me to feel all sorts of parental guilt. Especially since we skipped Little Mama’s refresher swimming course this year and I’m not sure her swim teacher is even in the pool any more this late in October. Note to self – call and find out, as soon as possible. Oh, and the fence – I’m not sure what we should do about that – we have some fencing, and heavy doors with deadbolt locks, but little kids are super quick when they want to be.
Oh, and while we are on the subject of safety, I think I need to call and see about getting my first aid/CPR certification updated – again, God forbid we ever need it, but it’s nice to know how to do things like wrap a twisted ankle correctly or NOT put butter when someone gets a burn from touching the handle of the cast iron skillet. (Does anyone still think this is the right thing to do? It’s NOT.)
And did you know that scrapes and scratches should be kept out of the sun while they are healing? And that it can take up to six months for the new skin to grow in fully? I did not know these things.