I am taking college classes again. Here is my first essay:

This essay is for the ACLS about providing life support and medical attention during an experience I have had in my life:

I am currently First Aid and CPR certified. I have written this essay to win the ACLS Medical Training scholarship. At the time of this life support situation, I was already certified in First Aid and CPR as well.

The experience I would like to share with you and write about concerns my son when he was very young. I am an ice hockey referee and often brought my son to the hockey rink with me. When he was very young, I hired sitters, sometimes the scorekeepers for the games that I officiated, to watch over him. One night, as he was sitting next to the scorekeeper who had often watched him in the past and had agreed to watch over my son for me that night as well, my son suddenly shifted and as a result, my son slipped off the bench in the scorekeeper’s box. He hit his chin on the score table, then fell backwards and hit his head. As I was skating by, I saw him crying and the blood dripping from his mouth and I rushed off the ice, telling my partner I had an emergency, and I tended to my son.

My first concern was that my son had bitten his tongue, as soon as the scorekeeper told me what had happened. I quickly assessed the damage to his mouth and fortunately his tongue was unharmed. But his chin was cut and bleeding. I checked his teeth and all were in place, but the blood coming from his mouth indicated that he may have chipped teeth.

Finally, I was gravely concerned that my son may have suffered a concussion as well. So I immediately checked his eyes for pupil dilation, calming him, applying pressure on his cut chin. I then administered a brief consciousness test, asking him a few relative questions as I rushed him to the locker room bathroom, cleaned his wound, all the while applying pressure, then bandaged his chin.

He seemed to suffer no concussion symptoms, as I also checked his ears for any visible bleeding. I also quickly checked his balance and assessed the overall condition of his mind and body at the time.

When I was certain that he suffered no further injury or concussion, I quickly removed my skates and drove him to the emergency room. After a full examination, the doctor determined he did not suffer a concussion. He stitched my son’s chin.

The very next morning, which was a school day for my son and a work day for me, I called my supervisor to alert him of the situation and let the school know neither myself nor my son would be in school that day due to a medical emergency. Then I scheduled an emergency dental appointment for him.

Fortunately, his chipped teeth were baby teeth and would be replaced by permanent teeth later. So I had the dentist seal them to prevent decay or cavities. After that, my son was completely restored to health and we were both relieved that we had lived through that hazardous experience without further, permanent damage.

Tristan Edwards


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