Monday, May 17, 2010

An Unexpected Education

Yesterday, Isaac had an accident--his eye met the handle of a bike:

We spent the afternoon in the ER. On the way home, I was pondering what an educational experience our emergency turned out to be. Without intending to, Isaac learned all sorts of useful things throughout the afternoon. Some of the things we talked about included:
*The flow of hospital duties: admitting, triage, X-ray, visiting with the doctor and discharge.
*X-rays and why they need them
*We looked at the pediatric trauma chart together while we were waiting for the doctor (nothing else to do!) Isaac was very interested in why the portions of the child's body on the picture on the chart were numbered. We talked about that. We talked about the pediatric pain scale and why doctors need to use this in their assessments.
*We talked about the differnce between stitches and glue applied to a laceration.
*We talked about how important all the different jobs people have are, from admitting, to nursing, to ambulance drivers, to doctors. We talked about how God can use all these different jobs to help us during our emergencies.
*On the way to the car, we got to see the Lifeflight helicopter land. We talked about what Lifeflight does, and why it is important.

ALL of this happened COMPLETELY by accident. Believe me, I wasn't going into this day with the goal of turning it into a field trip. Most of it happened just because Isaac was asking questions and was interested in it, and I wanted to find a way to keep his mind off of his owie!
It amazes me how "school" can happen just about anywhere, and under any circumstances!

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