As discussed in the previous post, we went to the Renaissance Faire at Lake Anna near Fredericksburg, Virginia recently. It was a two and half hour drive, too long. And even though it was cooler than it had been, it was still too hot. While we were sitting in the tent next to the Tavern, watching a show, a couple came with a thin little boy, about two and half years old. He was listless against his father’s lap. I saw how the mother and father were trying to make him eat a hot dog. A bad cough would escape periodically from the little boy. I t sounded just like the whooping-cough commercials on TV. After a while the little boy threw up. The mother scrambled to the tavern looking for napkins. I met her half way and said “I’m a nurse is there any way I can help?” She shook her head. Then I said “I think your child has whooping-cough or croup”, (as a nurse and parent, I have heard a croupy cough), she looked incredulous, turning away to take care of the vomit.
Later, in the car, I realized I had scared her. I should have said something like this “I’m a nurse and you need help. Take your baby to the first aid tent.” Or I should have said, “Your baby needs a doctor, take him to the first aid tent and get help”. That way she would not have been so scared and maybe the baby would have gotten help. Instead I scared her and don’t know if later they had gone for the help they needed.
We had wandered away, fairly quickly, because I was embarrassed for myself and hubs. We had been ready to leave and this just finalized our stay there. We didn’t enjoy the show because of watching the couple struggle with the sick little boy.
Do you get plagued with shoulds? Have you known a medical diagnosis and told an unbeliever about it?
- A Day at the Renaissance Faire (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)
- Bristol Renaissance Faire (faircarnivals.com)
- GlaxoSmithKline Receives FDA Approval for BOOSTRIX to Help Prevent Whooping Cough in Adults 65 Years and Older (prnewswire.com)