As I stand ironing Mrs999s clothes for tomorrow morning, I half hear pre-school999 and olderbrother999 playing in the hallway. It appears that they want to go upstairs and play on the xbox together (which in reality means that poor olderbrother999 will have to settle for whatever pre-school999 wants to do instead of getting his time in on Call Of Duty).
As they head off up the stairs I hear a bang and then the frantic screams of my youngest.
Knowing him as I do, I have a fair idea that he has tried to push past his older brother in a effort to get to the stairs in first place and win yet another dash to the top of the stairs. As he takes the inside line around the corner his toes have collided with the edge of the hallway wall and he has crumpled to the floor.
Having done this a number of times myself when trying to escape from the wrath of Mrs999, I am aware of the sheer agony that only males can experience (no, we are not all soft lumps, we just have a genetic disposition for experiencing higher levels of pain than the female of the species)
As I drop down to the floor and start rubbing said offsprings toes whilst gently soothing his pain away, he continues to scream and cry and tell me how much it hurts. After removing his sock just to ensure there is no horrible deformity to be seen, or nails hanging off, I quickly jump to technique number two.
“Quick!! He’s going to beat you upstairs!! Last one up smells of poo!”
He is on his feet in a millisecond and bounds off up the stairs giggling all the way.
Which left me with just one thought…..
How much easier would our jobs be we could utilize this technique in some of our patient groups??
(insert your own vivid picture here, then share with the group!)