Dr Elspeth McKechnie
During my first year at school I was somewhat rough in a game of netball and tripped up a fellow player. I was ordered off to attend to the small girl’s injury. I tried arguing with the Games Mistress, but to no avail and so off we went.
I found a First Aid box containing a bottle of iodine, cotton wool and bandages, and I remember the discussion which then took place. “I don’t want iodine on my knee – I’ll scream if you put it on.” I had been reading a rather exciting adventure book, so I informed my patient that if that was what she intended to do, I would gag her, tie a tight bandage round her mouth, lock the door and throw away the key.
High drama at an early age, but my words had the desired effect. Her face soon showed me that I was in control of the situation. I applied the iodine and bandage and am pleased to say that my treatment was successful. I assumed I was not reported to her teacher, or indeed her parents. I had treated my first patient!