S: An Unexpected Summer Day
BC: Clare Parkinson
FC: An Unexpected Summer Day By: Clare Parkinson
1: An Unexpected Summer Day An informational short story about the right way to treat wounds and bleeding by Clare Parkinson.
2: It's a hot summer day in the middle of July with a clear sky and zero percent chance of rain. Alex is home alone and very bored when he looks down | to see his phone ringing. He reaches down to pick it up and is asked if he would like to go skateboarding today.
3: He quickly accepts and goes to meet them all at the park. When everyone arrives they decide to get going. They were riding along when all of the sudden Alex's board got stuck on an unseen rock in the road. Immediately the skateboard stopped, but Alex kept going. He fell on the hard asphalt and skid along his knee, causing it to bleed.
4: This accident was not quiet and Alex's friends came to help him. They quickly stopped to see how bad he fell. Luckily his knee was only scratched, but the wound was still bleeding. So they all helped him up and guided Alex home.
5: When they arrived at the house, Alex's mother saw the wound and began to help him. She started with washing her own hands in order to not get anything else in the cut. | She then got out some sterile gauze to control the bleeding. The major problem she found w as the the small twig lodged into his knee. She did not dare remove it in case it broke in half, which would cause even more problems.
6: When the bleeding was a little more controlled she removed the gauze to clean the wound. She washed it off with a little bit of water, but in order to avoid infection she used some antiseptic wipes. It appeared that the wound was clean yet the bleeding seemed to continue.
7: After much contemplation Alex and his mother decided to go to the emergency room so they could properly remove the stick. In order control the bleeding in the car the mother applied gauze, a bandage, and pressure bandages.
8: So Alex and his mother got into the car, with his friend's help, to go to the emergency room. Fortunately the car ride there was not long and the bleeding subsided a bit when he kept his leg slightly elevated. They finally got to the hospital and the doctors began to assist. Alex's summer day had now turned into a day in the hospital.
9: Alex's mother patiently sat in the waiting room for her son to come out of the emergency room. Meanwhile the doctors commended Alex for taking such great care of his wound. They told him he took all of the correct precautions and made their job much easier.
10: The doctors began to slowly and carefully remove the twig from Alex's knee. Then they properly cleaned as only a doctor could do, which is why they waited. Afterwards the doctor reapplied the pressure pads in order to prevent extreme blood loss.
11: Finally Alex emerged from the emergency room with no twig in his knee and a lot of bandages. The doctor explained to Alex's mom that he may have a bit of trouble walking | on it for the next week or so. Also the doctor said that there is only minor bleeding so they should make sure to change the bandages once or even twice per day. Changing the bandages will also prevent infection in the wound, they told her. Once they finished explaining all of this Alex was free to go home, but was advised to walk on or fully straighten his knee for the next few days.
12: When Alex got home he was greeted by his worried friends in the front yard. He explained to them the situation and how everything was going to be fine. The only problem was he couldn't skate for a while. Luckily his friends accepted this and decided to stay inside with Alex for the remainder f the afternoon.
13: ~CItations~ Bronson, Mary H. and Don Merki. Glencoe Health. New York: McGraw Hill, 2005 B.D. Schmitt. Clinical Reference Systems. Feb 1, 2010 v2010 i1pNA. Pictures Courtesy of Yahoo Images.