Unlikely Martha

In Case of Emergency

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.

 Tomorrow I plan on making a list of all emergency numbers to include poison control that will be posted at his eye level on the refrigerator. Everyday for the next couple of weeks I plan to review with him this information to ensure he is comfortable and would know what to do in the event of an emergency. To take it a step further, tomorrow I will also be enrolling the Mr. and I in a CPR and general first aid class and changing the batteries in the smoke detectors. I know it might seem I am going overboard, but preparation is key. When I am done with this rant, we will all be prepared, including lil mama!!

Have you spoken with your family regarding what to do in case of an emergency? Please share your plan, we could all benefit!

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    September 22, 2010 at 7:19 am

    This is a very important topic. I haven't gone over this stuff with my son. I do have a list of important numbers, addresses, vital information on our fridge. I will definitely work on this!

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    September 22, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Scary! Making sure the kids know what to do is so important. And we have to consistently remind them just like rehearsing with them what to do if a stranger tries to lure them off, etc.

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    Lisa Fergus
    September 22, 2010 at 8:24 am

    How terrifying!!! I'm glad you are okay! And what a great lesson learned. (i'm talking for me too!) I will also be making an "important numbers" list for my fridge. My household would not be prepared either! scary!!!!

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    AO xoxxo
    September 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Oh my gosh! That is so scary!! Glad that you are ok!! Good that you took the time to show your son how to call 911 in case of emergency! Hopefully he will never have to call!:)

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    September 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, how scary!!! I am so glad to hear you are okay. I need to consistently remind my kids of what to do in case of an emergency. I don't do it enough, but I think I should start being prepared as well. You never know.

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