Never! Luckily my dad was trained as a paramedic, the coal mine is required to have so many trained medics and my dad was one of them, so we rarely ever had to go to the ER because he'd treat us at home. Then again I didn't break my first bone until I was in my late 30's. The wind blew my minivan door shut on my hand, it hurt really bad and turned every color of the rainbow. I went to urgent care about 4 hours after it happened for x-rays and it was broken. They put a temp cast on it and I went the the orthopedic doc 2 days later for a permanent cast.
I got a slight tear in my achilles tendon in Dec, 2010. Some of you ladies may remember it as I posted about it here. Was bringing the dog in when something "popped" in my right ankle and I couldn't put any weight on it or walk. After about an hour of the pain not getting better I drove the kids to my parents and drove myself to urgent care. Three days later I was at the orthopedic guy again. lol
As a kid I went to the ER once. I had just came back from swimming and was running to the bathroom when I slipped and caught the corner of a tv on my way down and almost ripped off the bottom part of my ear. It was one of the old boxy ones with the sharp corners. As an adult I've been 3 times. Once for missing the ground and hitting my flip flop wearing foot with a shovel and almost taking off my toe, once because of a concussion that knocked me out (I didn't come to until I was in the ER) and once for a broke wrist from hitting the night stand when I fell off the bed. I guess when I started paying the bill I started being less careful.
As an adult, I was in the ER for morning sickness. As a kid, I went many times. For scratching my eye, jumping off rocks, running into a fireplace.
2 times.. once at 16 for a broken wrist.
1 at 17 for a broken ankel
i did however go a lot more for serious illnesses.. bronchitius, mumps, sever pink eye...
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