Recess ended just as Johnny’s face collided with the metal monkey bar. As blood dripped from his nose, he immediately climbed down, sat in the sand, and held his nose in a firm grasp. When the teacher asked him to join the others in line to return to the building where he could visit the nurse, he said, “Please bring the nurse here. I can’t move.”
I was summoned to the playground by one of his classmates who rushed into the health office yelling, “Please come to the playground, Nurse Flemr. Johnny is under the monkey bars and can’t move!” With a rapidly increasing heart rate—and trying not to appear alarmed as I passed other students—I rushed down the hall and outside. There I found Johnny sitting in the sand with his teacher close by. He sat cross-legged, his eyes closed, and his nose firmly pinched.
“Are you OK, Johnny?” I asked as I squatted down in the sand. He replied without opening his eyes, “Yes. I am just TRYING to be calm. This is what you said to do when we get a nose bleed. First . . . sit down right away. Then . . . Pinch your nose on the soft part with your thumb and finger. Then . . . Bend your head forward just a little and MOST of all BE CALM. . .AND do not move for 10 minutes.”
I was awestruck by his first aid class recall and told him so. He replied, “Well, what’s the good of learning first aid if you don’t do it?”
When his ten minutes of pinching ended he reminded me I also said not to move quickly for a little while. So, we slowly returned to my office to take a cool rag to his no longer bleeding nose. And I tried to BE CALM.