I was at home alone one day aged about 12 years, when I saw my older brother dragging himself inside breathing loudly and heavily before collapsing into the closest chair. He had heavy gumboots on and I eventually realised that the boiling water hose in the cowshed had slipped and filled his gumboots. At that time it was believed that cold water would make burns worse, destroy more skin, delay healing and lead to worse scarring. I managed to get his gumboots off (along with his skin) and frantically rang the neighbours to find out what to do. All I could do was wrap his legs in sheets and put them up on a chair. Minutes were passing and I thought he would die! Eventually Mr Ryan drove in with his bedford truck and we got Kerry into the truck and into town to the Doctor. I promised myself that day I would learn what to do in all emergency situations and there followed 30 years of my nursing career.
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.