This evening as I was having dinner a piece of food I was eating lodged itself in my throat and I couldn’t get it out. I was choking. I was coughing, it just wouldn’t move, my eyes were watering and my mind was racing. The Mr. wasn’t here and all I could hear was my son saying “Mommy are you okay”, I couldn’t answer. At that moment getting it out wasn’t an option, I coughed a couple of times as hard as I could and finally it was over.
I took a minute to get myself together and have a drink to try to ease the soreness in my throat when the thought hit me. Had I not been able to get myself together did my son know what to do in case of an emergency. We hear stories on the news of young children calling the police, and I began to wonder if my son would react in the same way. We had only discussed these matters with him maybe once or twice since he has been of age to retain such information. I called him into the room and asked him to show me on the phone the numbers to dial for the police. He pressed 6-1-1, I spent the next hour making sure he knew the difference between a 6 and a 9, and went over some scenarios in which he might need to call the police. It was at that point that I could have kicked my own A*@. We never use our house phone so on most days the battery is dead and we are actually cooking with grease if we even know where to find it. Ughh..what would happen if there was an emergency and the phone was incognito or dead. What if he didn’t know to look in my purse or the diaper bag to find my cell phone…lesson learned, phone is on the charger and that is where it will stay.
Have you spoken with your family regarding what to do in case of an emergency? Please share your plan, we could all benefit!