Write about the worst injury you’ve had
When I first read this, I instantly thought of my struggle with HELLP syndrome. Then I realised that was not really an injury.
I have broken a few bones over the years but I guess the most shocking, for my mum, is when I broke my nose.
I was in the school playground, playing rounders. I really should have known better than to be playing sports. That will teach me.
As I stood there daydreaming – ostensibly playing sport – I realised that I had to move off the base. At this point, the person running towards me pushed me and I fell. I landed spectacularly onto my nose, and skidded across the playground floor.
I managed to lift all the skin from my nose and forehead.
I remember friends gathering round me and taking me to the school nurse.
The school nurse gave me cotton wool (!) to put on the open wounds and sent me on to my afternoon class.
I will never forget that afternoon. I was sitting in sex education, of all things, in the most incredible pain.
When I went home that afternoon, I was worried. My mum would go berserk. I remember standing at the front door with my hands covering the wound.
Of course, my mum answered the door and was not happy. Not with me, as I had been concerned about. Accidents happen, she said. It was the school she was furious with.
She took me to A&E, where the nurses had to pick the cotton wool out with tweezers. My nose was completely swollen and they were not able to X-ray at that point. I did find out later, when the swelling went down, that it was broken.
From what I remember, my mum complained to the school, for using cotton wool and for then sending me back to class. I should have been sent straight to A&E.
I guess that was schooling in the 80s for you.
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