Young performer Connor McFalls has no doubt been told to “break a leg” before going on stage. But “cut a toe”?
That’s what happened just 30 minutes before the 15 year old was to report to Weathervane Playhouse in Akron for an evening performance of “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Connor played Hugo Peabody, one of the main roles in the musical comedy, in the 3-week run in August.
As his mom, Laura McFalls, tells it, Connor and his younger brother, Kyle, were engaging in a bit of roughhousing at home one night when Connor accidentally kicked a hoverboard, which resulted in a gash in his big toe on his right foot.
“It looked really bad and I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding,” said Laura, who realized it was getting awfully close to the 6 p.m. call time for the show’s actors.
Laura knew Connor’s injury was serious enough to require an exam from a health care professional. Having had a positive experience in previous visits to Akron Children’s Hospital’s Urgent Care location in Montrose, Laura made the decision to take Connor there for quick care.
“We got there and they got us in,” Laura said, noting that she didn’t mention Connor’s performance that night. While in triage, staff said they would have someone look at Connor’s toe to determine if he needed stitches, and at that time Laura mentioned that it was the first show of closing weekend. The staff asked when the show started and Laura told them 7:30 p.m. “They looked at the clock and said, ‘We’ll get you there in time!’” By then, it was 6 p.m.
Stitches weren’t an option because of where the cut was, so Urgent Care staff bandaged the cut and gave Connor a cushioned sock that he could wear with his character shoes on stage that night. Best of all? Connor and his mom were on their way to the theater by 6:31, and Connor was able to successfully join his cast mates in that night’s performance.
Dave Gordon, operations and clinical manager of Urgent Care for Akron Children’s Hospital, said the service is meant to provide quick care for busy families. “We have an average length of stay of 51 minutes,” Gordon said. “We’ve got it down to a science.”
This wasn’t the first time the McFalls family had been to the Montrose Urgent Care.
“Having two accident-prone boys who are involved in a lot of sports and activities, we have been there several times,” said Laura, whose husband, Sean, is an Akron firefighter. “We love it there; they are always quick and very kind. We can’t say enough about Akron Children’s!”
The Montrose location is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., every day, but is closed a few holidays. Visit our website for more information about Urgent Care’s 4 locations: Hudson, Mansfield, Warren and Montrose.