While I was in the middle of a meeting, Lorentz called. He wanted me to bring him to the hospital as he has a sharp pain in his right knee and he is limping. So I had to end the meeting early and go down to school to pick him. The adorable Lorentz at KK Women's & Children's Hospital, Singapore.
I brought him to KK Hospital to see Dr Kevin Lim, an Orthopaedic surgeon. While we were in the waiting area, I noticed there was an exceptional number of young children who have either broken their limbs or hurt themselves somehow.
In the 2 hours I was there, I counted 6 kids with broken arms in slings, 5 with at least a finger bandaged, 4 kids with legs in casts, a few with ankles bandaged up and several with their heads bandaged. One 11-yr-old boy had a steel plate riveted to his calf! And there were more girls than boys. And surveys showed that such accidents tend to happen at home. What is it with their parents or care-givers? How did these poor kids get injured?
It is not easy to keep your eyes on your kid all the time but how did the kids ended up this way? I didn't usually keep an eye on Jaymes when he was young, but I would make sure he was within my sight and there should be minimal danger lurking around.
It really upsets me to hear small children crying in pain. One toddler, whose injured leg was probably hurting too much, was screaming in agony as the doctor examined him in a closed room. He cried until he vomitted. And when he emerged from the room, he was still wailing and he looked very frightened. It is traumatic for a young child to go through this.
Lorentz had to go for an ultrasound to investigate the pain. Fortunately for Lorentz, there was nothing wrong with his knee.
Lorentz is from the Philippines, I am looking after him and his 2 brothers who are studying in Singapore. I am a 'mother' to another 23 foreign students in Singapore. Most of them are my foreign friends' children or children of friends' friends.
Oops, got another call. Wen, from Henan, wants me to go with him to buy a laptop..........