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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: First (as in original) (01/10/05)

TITLE: Spaghetti Bolognaise
By Penny Baldwin


Spaghetti Bolognaise

I’ll never look at spaghetti bolognaise in the same way again! They say you’re not a proper parent until you’ve been to casualty with one of your children. But when you’re going through it for the first time, it might not be what you want to hear.
It goes like this. I was just getting the ingredients together to make spaghetti bolognaise, and had boiled the water for the spaghetti. When in came Josh, my oldest son, he was 18 months at the time. Knowing you shouldn’t have the handle of a saucepan sticking out over the edge of the work surface, I moved the handle inwards and further away from the edge. I then made the mistake of turning my back. The next thing I knew, Josh was screaming, the hot water had gone down his arm and side. I quickly put him in the bath and turned the coldwater tap on so the burn wouldn’t be too bad. I then phoned my friend who lived around the corner; she came quickly, and called for an ambulance. Not having been through this before I needed someone there who knew what they were doing.When we were waiting for the ambulance to come. I tried contacting Ryan (my husband) on his pager, but quickly realised that he would be in the car and on the way home by now.
The ambulance men turned up, and reassured me that Josh would be okay. They also asked me how my husband would react. I said that he wouldn’t get angry, and that I wouldn’t have married him if he were like that. Not long after that Ryan got home. He say’s he remembers seeing the ambulance and praying that everything was okay for whoever it might be for. And as he walked up the path was informed by a neighbour that they were in our flat!
We then went down to the hospital in the ambulance. The sirens were blazing; this made us even more fearful, until the paramedic tried to cheer Josh up by blowing a rubber glove up like a balloon. It didn’t help Josh, but it made us feel better!
When we got to the hospital, we found that Josh had been scolded down his side and down his arm. They cleaned him up and bandaged his arm. They said that he might have some scars, but that it would be no worse than that.
The problem came though, when it came to going back the next day or so, to have his dressings changed. Although Josh was very brave, it was his parents that needed some treatment! I sat on the bed with Josh to have his dressings done, and I admit I wasn’t feeling too great! Then the nurse took off the dressing, I could see my husband was getting more pallid by the second! I don’t enjoy blood and needles, so now I was feeling worse as well! But, my husband looked like he was going to need a stretcher any second, so I told him to sit down. I didn’t want to carry him to the car as well! We must have made a right pair!
After all that, Josh hardly has a mark on him, just a tiny scar where the bandage got stuck to his skin. God was certainly looking out for him on that occasion. We even used the spaghetti bolognaise sauce up as well!

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darlene hight01/17/05
Frightening experience well told. Thanks for sharing and keep writing.
Sally Hanan01/18/05
Good writing. Some words were mis-spelled. like 'scalding'.Usually I can see a message through a piece, but I don't see one here. You could thread through it how God knows how thoughtless we are as children but He walks us through that pain of recovery until there are virtually no scars remianing.
Delores McCarter01/20/05
I can easily see this story in a magazine, especially for young mothers. Be sure to keep this story near, especially if you plan on publishing in the near future. Great job with this. I loved reading it!
Lynne Gaunt01/20/05
You've done a fine job re-counting the events of that night. You should take it further - has God taught you something? Do you see things differently now? Thanks for sharing your story - keep it up!
L.M. Lee01/21/05
whoa...that's a first no parent would want.
Deborah Anderson01/22/05
Your title grabbed me right off the bat. God bless you.
Tisha Martin 08/08/05
Your title, as well, caught me in a curious venture to see what it was about! A poignant story of a parent's scare of what boiling water can do... Thanks for sharing the story, and hey, you should draw up a conclusion of what it taught you, etc. and send it in to a Mother's magazine!