My family was at a 4th of July picnic today. I was eating my lunch when my 11 year old son came ,screaming and crying, into the building. His head, shirt and arms were covered in blood. I yelled out "Oh my God!" and ran to him, totally panicking. I couldn't think of what to do at all! All I could think is that he was hurt and for someone to call 911, which someone did. There was so much blood everywhere! Thankfully, there was an RN and a paramedic among the guest and they came over immediately and began to help me. We found a puncture wound, which we rinsed off. By this time, the ambulance had arrived. (It only took about 5 minutes for them to get there.) They put my son and me into the ambulance and took us to the hospital. He got 5 stitches for an inch long wound. He is ok, even though he is still upset with the 8 year old boy who decided to hit him with a broomstick. We are all calmed down from the excitement, but I am still upset every time I analyze my own behaviour. I was completely paralyzed until the nurse and paramedic came to help me. I just could not think! I am beginning to wonder if this is the way I will react in every situation, or if there is an exception when it's your own child? I'm very upset with myself. I wished I had kept my cool.
I am worried that I will make an awful nurse now!
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Jul 5, '04
Please don't feel this is any indication of what type of nurse you will be. My husband has to take over when our kids get sick or hurt. He has done this for sixteen years. I do not think logically when it comes to my boys when they are (really) sick or hurt. I have NEVER felt this type of fear or panic when it comes to the nursing care I give to my patients. When it is my own children, I tend to forget a lot of what I have learned through the years. I am way to close to that situation. You are a parent first and always will be.
Last edit by dphrn on Jul 5, '04