Taking eye off the ball leads to A&E visit

From Saturday to Monday there will be a Medieval Festival taking place at Fountains Abbey. Pictured are Mark Horne using bellows on the fire (right) and Stuart Findlay cutting logs in the background of  re-enactment group Rosa Mundi,who live aspects of domestic life from the late 15th century, at last year's festival.

From Saturday to Monday there will be a Medieval Festival taking place at Fountains Abbey. Pictured are Mark Horne using bellows on the fire (right) and Stuart Findlay cutting logs in the background of re-enactment group Rosa Mundi,who live aspects of domestic life from the late 15th century, at last year's festival.

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It’s been an eventful week chez-nous, unfortunately in a rather injurious way. My youngest daughter passed another childhood milestone with her very first trip to A&E.

I wish that I could report that it was an unavoidable mishap; however,l I have to admit that it was entirely my fault. You see I took my eye off the ball for a second and my little girl fell down the stairs.

Thank goodness she turned out to be absolutely fine and other than a bit shocked by the speed of her dismount down the stairs, no harm was done.

I’m still not quite sure how I let it happen, but I had failed to shut the gate at the bottom of the stairs. One minute I was pottering about in the kitchen, the next there was an awful thud.

It is no exaggeration that my heart skipped a beat as I ran to scoop up my little one and tried to assess the damage.

She recovered remarkably quickly with a cuddle and so I decided that there was no need to call paramedics.

I couldn’t see any obvious bruises emerging and there was no bleeding. So, I tried to compose myself enough to decide what to do next.

By this point she had stopped crying altogether and seemed fine, however, in the back of my mind I knew that there was a chance she may have banged her head and may have concussion or some other internal injury.

As my panic subsided and I pulled myself back together I found myself in a dilemma: Do I: a) trust my instincts that she is fine, or b) take her and her three-year-old sister (as I didn’t have anyone on hand to help out) to sit in casualty for most probably the next three hours just to be told she is fine.

I am ashamed to admit that not only did that quandary cross my mind, I also considered my suspicion that I would be probably be judged by someone in A&E for letting it happen in the first place.

I have a mental picture of a book of mummy points somewhere, and this negligence would result in a big black mark next to my name.

Now I don’t want to belittle the work that health professionals do in the quest to keep children safe, but I do know that most mums have felt similarly vulnerable when their children get injured.

I am pleased to report that I put my own issues to the side and of course decided that my daughter’s health was paramount and made the trip to A&E.

I am also delighted to report that the staff in the hospital were excellent, the triage nurse put me immediately at ease by telling me the tale of when her little one nosedived down the stairs. Best of all I was in and out within 45 minutes.

My daughter was typically on top form throughout the escapade, gurgling happily at the nurses and crawling around without a care in the world for the doctors.

I left the hospital, concussion factsheet in hand, and promised myself I wouldn’t make such a stupid mistake with my children’s safety again. Well, I’d really really try anyway.

WHAT’S ON

Saturday to Monday, August 4 to 6

11am-5pm: Get medieval at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Join the costumed re-enactors around their medieval encampment. Watch and take part in activities and demonstrations based on 15th century life. Normal admission charges apply.

Monday, August 6

1pm-4pm: Butterfingers circus café, Chatsworth Road, Harrogate, HG1 5HS. 01423 507575. Fun activities for parents and children together. Kids play for £1 when you buy a tea or a coffee. Extra, supervised, activities most days for an extra small charge. Face painting, balloon modelling, badge making, bubble, sock puppets and lots more. Check website for exclusions and full programme of events, www.bitterfingersharrogate.co.uk. Weekly on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the school holidays.

Tuesday, August 7

10am-2pm: Knaresborough Children’s Centre Animal Day (you are welcome to bring a picnic for lunch). Come along and enjoy the Summer at Knaresborough Children’s Centre on Tuesdays. Enquiries please contact:- Knaresborough Children’s Centre, Manor Road, Knaresborough, HG5 0BN. Email: knaresboroughCC@northyorks.gov.uk. 01609 533855.