I immediately started panicking, of course. I turned around to turn the stove off and started thinking about what do.
I started to get dizzy and almost felt like I was going to black out. I am not sure if it was part of the “episode” or because of the fact that I was panicking.
It was the worst and the scariest feeling ever, especially when thinking that I would have to ask my four and a half year old for help and that he wouldn’t know what to do.
I started to think about dialing 911. My phone was locked because my son used to get into it and started messing with it, so I set up a passcode. He wouldn’t know how to get into it. I never taught him how to make emergency calls from it.
Thankfully, I got a drink of water, closed my eyes and calmed down. I took deep breaths, said a prayer and the pain subsided. Whew. That was scary! I was so glad that it was over, but this 30-second ordeal most definitely gave me a wake up call.
Even though he is only 4 1/2 years old, I am very happy that he can read. Having a laminated chart on our refrigerator door will be extra helpful if the time comes (hopefully this never need to be used).
Lamination is optional, of course. This is just for durability purposes. I used a permanent marker to write the information down. Also, laminating will be useful when information changes and I can simply erase the info and write the new one in its place.
This is what my refrigerator chart looks like and this is what it contains:
0. Stay calm and PRAY.
1. Call 911.
– What is your name?
– Where are you?
Our address is:
– Who is in trouble?
– What is the problem?
– When did this happen (a long
time ago or just now?)?
2. Check that the stove is turned off.
3. If help hasn’t come yet, go to the neighbor’s house to tell
If you are still on the phone with 911, DON’T hang up.
Dad: (xxx) xxx-xxxx
Dad’s work: (xxx) xxx-xxxx
It most definitely gives me peace of mind to know that my son will now know what to do and how to ask for help in case of an emergency.
Remember, the very first thing to do is to PRAY. Pray!