Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day 1660 - Byron Bay

On this Wordless Wednesday I give you BYRON

Byron Bay
This post was going to be all about how we spent the morning on Byron Bay beach before heading south on the next leg of our homeward stretch.  It was going to be all pictures of us in the surf and lots of lovely landscape shots. A total Wordless Wednesday feast of sun, surf and sand, and Australiana. But despite what my pic monkey collage suggests, there was no time on the beach for us today. Instead we spent the morning at the Byron Bay ER.

After waking up in Brisbane nice and early we set out for a 9.30am arrival at Byron.  The idea was beach, shops, lunch at the pub.

As we got out of the car at the beach car park Darby announced he was really hot.  As we moved to the back of the car to get our chairs, towels and snacks sorted, he collapsed.  Head first smacking his forehead on the back bumper of the car.  The sound was deafening.  I squealed.  He lay there with his eyes rolling back in his head and his body twitching.  Eyes closed.  Fainted.

I soothed him as a car park full of people (having heard the thump) came to investigate.

The faint was troublesome enough, but the bash to the head was frightening.

He regained consciousness and we asked him the standard list of questions. "What's your name?", "Where are we?", "What day is it?"  He was able to answer them all.

After we established that his neck was not hurt and that he was fully aware of his surroundings we gently stood him up.  Only to have him faint into my arms again.


Now I'm really scared.

As he lay in the car park an ambulance arrived. Wow, that was quick!

Not for us.  For someone else.

They spoke to us though and we established that we were best placed to drive him to the local hospital.

Darby was hot.  Far too hot.  He was wet with sweat. But he was conscious and communicative.

It was a very short drive to the hospital.

ER took him straight through.  Assessed him and kept him for two hours.  Air conditioned comfort with the lovely doctor and nurses at Byron. Turns out he had just overheated in the car trip from Brisbane to Byron. But how? It was early morning, not in the heat of the day and the car wasn't hot?
Sometimes it just happens.

It's not a good thing for a mum to watch their kids faint.  It has happened twice to Darby now and twice to Tahlia. What is it with my kids and fainting?

Watching a child headbutt a bumper bar is also not a good thing for mummies.

For us Byron was no day at the beach ....

But once Darby was released with a big ALL CLEAR we still got to go to the pub for a feed at his request.

This fainting caper is something I'm gonna have to keep my eye on.


  1. Bryon is beautiful , how scary for you and Darby . Glad he recovered without any drama.

  2. So scary I bet, I hope I never have to see this! Lovely photos of Byron though x

  3. Leanne, that's not good for poor Darby, or his worried mum!!
    At least he asked for lunch, that's always a good sign x


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