Originally Posted by Collinsky
So glad that all is well!
: And also that she didn't have anything done unnecessarily to her... sounds like it was handled wonderfully. Sorry that they kind of harassed you about "how did it happen" but at least she made it clear that she actually could open the cap!! So glad that your (very bright!) little girl is fine.
I've been in the ER too many times with my guys
daredevils. When there's an injury, the staff always asks over and over again what happened. They ask me, they ask the kid. Each new member asks the same thing. Rather than being offended or feeling harassed, I feel like they're looking out for my kids (and everyone's kids) and I'm grateful.
I think that it's great to have our eyes wide open while we advocate for our kids, but being to scared can close us off to real help (as evidenced by what could have happened in the case of the OP of this thread) and can limit our kids' abilities to advocate for themselves--we can teach them to clam up and be paranoid and not seek help for themselves from the community. Erring on the side of caution is not always a good thing.
I'm not sure what you were thinking, naturallyspeaking, when you said "not even strapped to a bed but waiting in the room". In Canada, and most humane societies that I know, physical restraint is illegal unless absolutely
warranted and a doctor's orders must be given and then the patient is checked every 15 minutes minimum and many other rules apply to keep them safe including a time limit on how long they can be restrained for. This is only used in EXTREME cases, and I know many nurses who do not physically restrain patients (keep in mid these are violent, severely mentally unbalanced individuals who pose an immediate threat) even under doctor's orders if they conclude all other methods of restraint haven't been exhausted first (now, of course there are cases where this system is not adhered to and the HCPs are held legally liable). I hope that you left the hospital with a bit more trust in the system and a little less fear. You and your kids deserve the support and aid of your community, including the medical community.