I was 6 weeks off my second birthday when the incident happened. I personally only have mild recollections, dreams if you will of what happened to me.
According to my Mam every one was busy, baby brother downstairs (6 weeks old), chores been done by Mam, and Dad upstairs running a bath since finishing work.
Dad was a coalman, so came in dirty and black as night, ran the bath and then let it run whilst getting a change of clothes.
This night after Dad had ran the bath using only hot water no cold, I had walked into the bathroom pulled myself up on the bath then fell in.
Mam heard screaming and crying so rushed in. She picked me up in her arms then rushed me to A+E handing me to the nearest nurse possible.
I spent 4 weeks in the plastics department then another few weeks in paediatrics. I was bandaged from the neck down. I suffered 40% partial thickness burns to my body. Arms, right side, legs, feet and under my right buttock.
My Mam fought to get me a pressurized body suit in order to help my scars heal. I spent a lot of time asleep and my Mam never left my side much at all. Spent at least a week in the hospital with me, leaving an aunt to watch the other children.
On leaving the ward my Mam was sent away with just two books on burns care, no offer of counselling or support for her also. I spent my whole life feeling alone. That I was a freak (monster) having these scars.
It wasn’t until I was 17 that I met anyone else who had suffered like I did. I spent my youth being bullied, stared at and even dumped from previous relationships due to my scars.
I then attended a burns camp at Grafham Water Park for a week with other children aged from 7-17. A burns camp we only found due to a newspaper clipping my mam saved from years ago. This camp allowed me to feel safe, not judged, and to be with other people who had the same experiences.
The best experience of my life to date.
My life events have led me to want to be a burns nurse, to work and help other people who have suffered burns injuries. To not only help heal physical wounds, but also help aid them emotionally and answer questions they have as I have been through it all myself.
In doing this I am hoping to heal myself further and meet more people like me. To make sure no one feels alone.