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We were at a bbq in the bush when my 12yo Niece shyly asked for a quiet word. She was having her 2nd period and was not prepared. I only had tampons, she’d never used them, and there was no toilet anyway ……. humm what to do?? We went for the first aid box and with my craft skills I made a Pad out of a Sling and some bandages.
We now have a code for Period …. a limply held arm!


Posted anonymously, 19th June 2015


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  • Your niece is lucky to have such a close relationship with you. My mum couldn’t even talk about thus with me. Was very distressing

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  • necessity is the mother of invention. Well done.

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  • I can only imagine how nerve racking that situation would have been for your niece glad she had you there for support and an ingenious idea to get her through it.

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  • Oh the poor darling! good job you were there and on the ball! great thinking with the first aid kit! and love the Code!

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  • Oh wow, lucky she had you there for support.
    Such a difficult time for a young girl.

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  • Tampons are great for blood noses that won’t stop!

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  • Poor thing! Well done to you for coming to the rescue as she could have been mortified but you saved her day.

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  • That was a clever way to improvise, I remember using a pad on my son’s badly cut foot as it was the only thing available to absorb the bleeding before we got medical help.


    • Sanitary pads are pretty handy in many situations!

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  • Good on you for coming up with a solution and helping your niece.

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  • How wonderful that your niece could come to you for help. That time can be insanely awkward and sounds like you handled it like a pro!

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  • Lucky you had a first aid kit… I remember how awkward those first few periods could be.

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  • I’m glad you helped your niece

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  • that is lovely that you helped her out. i am glad to hear that she was comfortable for asking for help. It can be a very confusing time.

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