It Will Feel Better…
As a mother of boys, I said, “Just sit here awhile and it will feel better.” Normally, after a few minutes, he would have gotten up and gone back outside and started playing again. However, this time he just kept saying “It hurts so bad.”
At this time, we went home and I called his dad at work (his dad was a paramedic for the city of Norfolk) and told him how Jeremy was acting. By this time, Jeremy was vomiting. I knew something wasn’t right. He said to take him to the emergency room and have him checked out.
Things Are Getting Worse
When we arrived at the emergency room, my friend Romel Perry was the nurse assigned to take care of Jeremy. As she was taking care of him, he became sleepy, didn’t know her or me and began vomiting again. The emergency room doctor was treating him for a concussion. Romel asked the doctor several times about having a CT scan done. The doctor told her no, he just has a concussion and I am going to send him home. Romel was persistent. She asked again if he wanted to order a CT scan. She told the doctor “He doesn’t know his mother, and he is vomiting.” The doctor consented. Thank goodness she was persistent.
Jeremy’s diagnosis was an epidural hematoma- the most immediate of all medical emergencies. We left Sentara Obici Hospital and headed to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. The neurosurgeon, Dr. Pennix, met us at the CHKD emergency room, took the CT scan and started explaining what was happening and what he needed to do.
Within a couple hours, Jeremy was in surgery to stop the bleed.
My Son’s Nurse, an Advocate
I am so thankful, that my son’s nurse was an advocate for her patient. She knew something wasn’t right and she kept being persistent. The doctor was angry at her, but she was looking out for her little patient and I am thankful that she did. If my son had gone home without the CT scan, he would have died or been severely handicapped.
Jeremy had surgery on Sunday, came home on Wednesday and was back in school on Monday. Jeremy had no deficits from this accident- thanks to God and a nurse’s persistence.
At the time of Jeremy’s accident, I was not nurse. However, now that I am, this situation makes me more aware of what I need to do to be an advocate for my patients.”