Eirinn got sent home from school yesterday. During recess she was running around like a fool, tripped and smashed her face on the pavement. And then a kid tripped on her fallen body and landed on top of her.
What she was out of the deal: two separate goose eggs on her forehead, a two-sided bloody nose, and a deep, but short, cut between her eyes, which has swelled and bruised. The girl’s a mess.
So she got sent home with the assurance that she was ok. It took a while for school staff to stop the bleeding, but she’s fine. And she was. Is. She’s fine. Definitely significantly less pretty right now, but her mushed up face will heal and she’ll be back to her strikingly gorgeous self in no time.
Her clothes came home covered in blood. Her shirt, mostly, but also down onto her pants. Even her hair was crusty. I think the blood on the clothing came from her nose bleed, but the hair crust came from the cut between her eyes. The cut between her eyes that was covered with tape. Medical tape, but tape, not a bandaid.
The school board no longer provides bandaids.
What? No, seriously. WHAT?!? The school board doesn’t provide basic provisions contained within a first aid kit?
They also no longer supply tissue. Kleenex, apparently, is too expensive and unnecessary. Parents were asked to each donate a box to the classroom. And that’s fine. I can swing a buck or two in order to ensure my kid doesn’t use her sleeve to sop up snot.
But bandaids? I’m new to this whole “having to deal with school finances and crap”…crap, but I can already tell this isn’t going to be fun.
Anyway, Eirinn will be fine. She’s nervous that older kids will tease her, but I sent a note to her teacher asking her to keep an eye on that sort of thing. I don’t want to be that parent who babies and coddles and over-protects their children to the point where their child is unable to stick up for themselves, but she’s four. She’s four and less than two weeks into this school thing, so she’s nervous. So I’m counting on her teachers to be sensitive to that. I’m sure they will. They seem nice enough so far. But if Eirinn comes home and tells me a big kid was picking on her, I’ll go down there and take care of it myself.
Like this guy.