Yesterday afternoon I arrived earlier to the school and was in the office when Violet's teacher happened to see me there and say hello as she went back to the class. Not long after, she came running back to the office and said come quick Violet has fallen and hit her face. So, I ran to her classroom.
To say Violet was screaming is an understatement! When I saw Violet she was still on the floor and blood was everywhere, all over her arms, the carpet, her face, eye and side of her head. Another teacher that was in the classroom when it happened was holding tissues up to her right eye to stop the bleeding. I was pretty freaked out when I initially saw her in the classroom covered in blood and her good eye, her only "seeing" eye she has, being the one that was injured! Her eye was already so swollen. On seeing the blood on the side of her head, I was so flustered I could not remember what side of her head her shunt was on and then remembered it was the opposite side thankfully.
I carried her out of the classroom to the office to get an icepack to help stop the swelling. When getting with her to the office, the lady there seemed to busy to notice me standing there with Violet bleeding and I asked her if she could get me a icepack or if I could get one. I tried to calm her down and reassure her all was going to be okay and she was very good letting me use the icepack on her eye.
Sadly, no one even offered to administer any first aid, knowing Violet I probably wouldn't have taken them up on it, but the fact no one offered was very disappointing.
I had to wait for Emily to come back from another school she had been visiting for the day with her class, so I decided to call Dave to come and collect Violet as I know he has done First Aid and thought he may be able to clean it to get a better look at what we were dealing with.
Half an hour after the accident, her nose started bleeding which had us concerned. This was mainly as no one had told us what exactly had happened so we were unsure if she had hit her head aswell and took her to the hospital to have her checked over and have her eye cleaned and dressed.
She was in agony while they were cleaning it, she used more than a few choice words and then cried out "I need someone to kiss me". I was already there comforting, reassuring her but she needed some kisses too.
Doctor checked her over thoroughly and tried to check her eye under the swelling as best she could. Dr said no school until at least Friday and to monitor her for any concussion, vision changes or additional excessive bleeding.
By 9pm she was unable to see out of her eye from all the swelling and this morning she was unable to see when she woke up which was very stressful for her.
I rang the school this morning to tell them she would not be in as she was unable to see and also asked them if they had written up a incident report. He said he hadn't as yet but had a note on his desk to do so. Violet's teacher is away today on a course, so he said until she comes back tomorrow nothing could be written.
He told me what he was told that happened she fell over in the classroom as the teacher asked her to come to her desk for testing sight words or something and there is only a small gap between the teachers desk and another piece of wooden furniture, so needless to say she fell over there and fell landing with her eye on the edge of the wooden furniture.
She has an appointment booked with her Opthamologist next week anyway, so will have them check her eye thoroughly and her vision then, by that time the swelling should have subsided.
As anyone that knows me, this is 'one of the many' worse fears I have for Violet,protecting and maintaining the vision she has in her seeing eye. People over the years have said I am paranoid, but yesterday only further reinforces my fears of what can happen and how quickly that little vision she has can be taken away permanently!