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Sheila Wed 22-Oct-08 20:43:03

My 8yo DS suffered a fairly horrific accident at the weekend, involving emergency surgery, a lot of pain and shock. I think the physical long-term damage will be fairly minor, but for now he's still in some pain. I'm actually more worried about his mental state - he's tearful one minute, laughing manically the next.

I can't decide whether it would be better to send him back to school (he could probably manage this physically) or keep him at home until half term.

I'm a single parent and was present at the accident so struggling myself.

Could really use some advice - especially if you've been through something similar. How can I help us both through this?

Thanks in advance - hope you can help.

Marne Wed 22-Oct-08 20:49:28

No experiance but i would keep him home, its only a couple of days.

Hope he is feeling better soon

Zazette Wed 22-Oct-08 20:53:00

How awful, I'm so sorry. I hope he does make a good recovery. If you can keep him off and stay at home without it causing difficulties with work or whatever, I'd do it - sounds like you could both do with snuggling up together for a bit.

googgly Wed 22-Oct-08 20:53:46

Keep him at home for a bit, and go to see GP for advice about the anxiety.

Sheila Wed 22-Oct-08 20:54:31

Thanks Marne - that's my instinct too. Earlier today he said he wanted to go back, but at bedtime he was crying again and worried about leaving me. He's really not up to it, although I could really use a break and a return to work and something like normality.

Sheila Wed 22-Oct-08 20:57:17

Thanks to Zazette and googly too - seems to be a consensus! Anyone out there experienced something similar? Would love to hear from you.

Marne Wed 22-Oct-08 21:01:44

Keep him busy, maybe take him somewhere nice to take his mind off of it.

PsychoAxeMurdererMum Wed 22-Oct-08 21:08:44

I would keep him home until after half-term. the accident alone would be enough, but the fact that he has also had an op, and therefore will still have the GA floating about his system (whatever they say I think it take a weeks to fully get over that bit), means that really, he needs to be home in comfort.

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