The Gallery – A Memory

(C) 2010 And Then All I Thought About Was You

I used to work in an Autistic school!

I worked in one classroom for a year or so, and the children in that class could bite. One of the children was going through a rough patch, he would get very distressed. He would hurt himself and try and hurt whoever was in his way as well.

One day it all kicked off, and I was working with him one on one at the time. I could see that he was getting stressed, and nothing was calming him down. He lunged from his chair and went to hit himself I put my leg out to protect his head, and this was the bite that I received!

Yes really it was a bite from a little boy, if I am right he was about 8/9 years old at the time.

I was in agony. I remember the next couple of hours, my leg just felt worse and worse. By the end of the day I could not walk, driving home was difficult.

However the next day was agony. I had to call in sick, I could barely move my leg. I went to the doctor and was asked whether I had been bitten by a HORSE! When I told the doctor what had happened, they just looked at me. The bite had torn the muscles in my leg. I was in agony for weeks, and even now 5 years on I still get a lot of pain in my leg.

This is a memory that I will always have of a certain lad, and my time of teaching him.

This post was done for The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers, go over and take a look at the other posts as they are all great!

*P.S. I forgave him very quickly and still have a great fondness for the young man that did this to my leg!

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emma
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 21:36:14

    Ouch….sounds painful!!! x


  2. Mummy V
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 21:38:47

    Wow, that is some bruise! A very different type of memory and very vivid, poor you!


  3. Rosie Scribble
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 21:58:23

    Yikes, that looks incredibly painful!


  4. Jenny paulin @ mummy mishaps
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 22:27:20

    Ouch!! That looks so sore! Poor you!
    Great idea for this weeks prompt as not seen any other wounds on my Gallery rounds this week! 🙂


  5. Livi
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 22:44:52

    Ouch! That looks bloody painful!


  6. nuttycow
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 07:49:11

    Ow – that’s some bite! You poor thing – not a memory you cherish I would imagine!


  7. Nic's Notebook
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 09:01:18

    Oh my goodness, yes it does look like a bite from a horse rather than a young boy lol… U poor thing!


  8. Parklover
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 09:47:34

    Blimey. I’m a teacher and have worked in some difficult places, but I’ve never had any wounds. Sometimes the most difficult situations end up being the most rewarding though, don’t they?


    Aug 19, 2010 @ 09:57:34

    Wow – What a bite, I have seen this regulary as my little boy is special and goes to a special nursery, you must have been a very good teacher though as you knew to protect him in his time of need. I am sure the photo brings happy and sad emotions, thanks so much for sharing the story.

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my post, I really appreciate them


    • andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou
      Aug 19, 2010 @ 11:45:28

      Of course you have to look after yourself but sometimes you have to protect them more! I loved the job and would go back working with them again someday however I knew that I couldn’t do it while bringing up young children. It was a very hard job to walk away from and forget about and I didn’t want to be doing that with young children.

      I appreciate your comments on here too xx


  10. Another Goldfish
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 10:28:21

    Looks like you should have been getting hazard pay! Ouch!

    I’m glad you can look back on this positively though. It sounds like you were doing very important work.


  11. Kirsty @ Gone Bananas
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 15:41:39

    Ouch! Your dedication and willingness to help teach, endure and forgive is to be commended! Working with kids with special needs takes a special person! Bless!


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