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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Teething troubles

Oh good, LMD is teething again, which means a snotty nose and difficulty sleeping! She spent last night in bed with us, which means I didn't sleep very well at all.

We spent yesterday at The Oddesy, which was great, even for the little ones. LMB hated the IMAX, finding it too loud, but she soon snuggled up on daddy's lap & went to sleep, leaving LMD to dance and chat at me & Mstr A to try to catch the pictures with cousin J - who's been a fair few times before.

Then the majority of the day was spent in W5 (WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy) - a hands on science park. Fantastic fun - we had to bribe them out at the end with a promise of a trip to @Bristol (our local version) and supper at PizzaHut.

We arrived at the PizzaHut within the Odessey at 5pm. It was only about a 1/3 full, but by the time we were acknowledged and seated 10 minutes later, a further 3 or 4 families were waiting behind us. We sat, and we waited, and we waited and we sat. the kids got restless. We sent the boys over to ask for some activity packs to keep them occupied, and as LMB turned round in her chair to watch them go, she leaned on the back of it, tipped it over & went crashing to the floor with the chair on top of her! Loud screams ensued, & blood flowed from her mouth. Aggie tried to comfort her while I stormed over to find the manager. When we got back, I was able to see that she had bit her lip quite badly (hence the blood), and she was still saying her mouth hurt.

The manager was very apologetic - and he did get the accident book without arguing (which is better than the last time we had an injury in a PizzaHut), but the basic problem was that we had been stuck in a corner for over 20 minutes without even some crayons or drinks. I mentioned that myself & Aggie both work in H&S, and you wouldn't believ what fantastic service we got from that point on:-) The manager came over at least another 5 times during our meal! But LMB didn't eat much (well, she had her ice cream, but not much food), and it made the meal a stressful event, rather than a fun treat:-(

When we got back to the house, and I was getting LMB ready for bed, I noticed that she had actually lost a tooth. It was definitely there immediately after the accident when I checked her mouth, but it must have been loose and fallen out when she started trying to eat!

It looks like it's come right out, root & all, and it's only a milk tooth, so shouldn't cause any major problems, but it's a trip to the dentist to check it out as soon as we get home:-( And I feel terrible that she's missing a tooth already! And, I can't even blame anyone - it was just an accident! Bah, what's the point of having injuries if you can't even claim a whopping great payout?


  • At Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:20:00 am, Anonymous Nanny A said…

    My poor little princess,how terrible.My nerves were in shreds just reading abour her injuries.Please give her a big hug from nanny A.Glad Mstr.A is having a good time.Hope LMD is better on the flight home. Love to all.

  • At Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:22:00 pm, Blogger debambam said…

    Sounds like W5 is similar to a place we visited in Canberra...way cool for the kiddies and very educational as well as fun.
    Bugger about the accident at pizzahut. Did she notice the tooth was missing?? Hope it's not too sore.

  • At Sunday, February 12, 2006 2:54:00 pm, Blogger Dave said…

    Good to hear that at there are some people left who can see an accident for what it is rather than an opportunity for claiming unwarrented compensation. The litigious nature of the US society which is creeping in here and the 'nanny state' that H & S (sorry but I abhore it) is bringing about will make people afraid to get out bed soon. It's already effecting things like school trips which are declining. Let individuals take responsibility for their own lives and those that they are responsible for.

  • At Sunday, February 12, 2006 10:14:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    Well, since Aggie works in H&S and I teach it, we actually have a fairly good idea of what really happens!

    The rise in adverts has not had a corresponding rise in sucessful claims - which have barely twitched in the last 20 years. I mean, the ad is absolutely right "where ther's blame there's a claim", but there does need to be blame - negligance - on the employer's part!

    Of course, there has been a massive rise in attempted claims, but the only people getting rich are the solisitors:-)

  • At Monday, February 13, 2006 9:15:00 pm, Blogger Dave said…

    I assume that you are implying that I don't know what is happening? As to adverts I haven't a clue what you are referring to. I was just making the point that many activities are being denied people as authorities of many descriptions are stopping activities for many reasons associated with H & S. One of the sillier and more publised ones would be banning conker fights.

  • At Monday, February 13, 2006 10:09:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    I wasn't implying anything of the kind, just that people in general have a warped idea of what H&S law actually says.

    And the LEA's/local authorities are stopping activities because they are scared of bad press, not because of any laws or legal implications. It drives me nuts, cos I can quote a dozen cases at you where the judge has specifically said that accidents are accidents, that acceptable risks are acceptable, and that people are able to make their own judgemnets about what to do!


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