It’s a topic that most parents would hopefully never need to give much thought to. Most parents would never wish to experience the fear and worry that accompanies seeing their child through a hospital stay. Recent high profile cases surrounding children with brain injury in particular have brought the conversation about parents rights into the public consciousness. It is really upsetting to hear about these stories in the news, it really got me thinking about what I would do in these situations.
While the human body has a remarkable capacity to recover from injury, the brain is different from most other parts of the body. This is because brain cells cannot be repaired or replaced like other types of cells – once they are damaged or destroyed, they are gone forever. This does not mean, however, that the brain is incapable of recovering from an injury. You have to look after your mind too!
Those of us who work out in order to get fitter know, as well as anyone, that there are potential drawbacks to our good intentions. The main example of this is, of course, injury. Ironically, our efforts to get in better shape and feel fitter can all too easily result in time spent rehabbing a strain, a break or a pull.
Going on holiday is a time of year that everyone in the family looks forward to; the one highlight of the year that they know they will be free from early morning phone calls, a mad rush to the office or school and all those stressors that make everyday living sheer hell on earth. So what happens when you finally pack up the kids, set out on your journey only to incur some sort of injury while away from home? What do you do when injured on holiday? Do you know what steps you should take?