Monday 4 July 2011
Sticks and Stones
I'm finding it very difficult to write this today as I'm feeling pretty shell shocked! I packed my 13year old son off to scout camp on Friday night, but before midnight the phone woke us up and we found out he was heading to hospital, having been hit in the eye with a rock that had been thrown from the nearby path, in pitch darkness.
He has had lots of tests and has to go back to hospital for more in a couple of days. He has a lump on his head, a very sore graze under his eye and a scratched cornea, all of which should heal quickly. We are not sure if there is any lasting damage to the inside of his eye and for the next 6 weeks there is a risk that his retina could become detached, so he will have to take things slowly, which is not in the nature of teenaged boys!
The police, the scout leaders and victim support have all been very helpful and his friends are absolutely brilliant. I just hope that whoever did it will learn to think a little before acting, as things could have been a lot worse.
He is due to go camping again in a few weeks. It will be really hard to let him go and I may have to quilt him a thickly padded suit before he goes!!!