Thursday, June 28, 2012

Precious John

John gave us a bit of a scare this past Monday.  Or rather, a gigantic scare.  We were at the pool, packing up our things and getting ready to leave, when John choked on a chip--of all things.  And I don't mean a little bit of coughing, I mean, unconscious, blue face, Jessica Harman and I screaming at the top of our lungs to get the lifeguards attention.  Seriously, I was out of my mind with fear, and I am guessing I was quite the spectacle--at the moment that Jessica handed an unconscious John to the lifeguards, I fell to my knees on the pool concrete, still screaming help me.  Now that the moment has passed, I look back and laugh, because I wonder if those lifeguards were thinking, "lady, we're trying to help you."  Those lifeguards were on top of it, though, and they saved his life.  I mean, literally, they saved his life.  I will be forever grateful to them.    They did the Heimlich maneuver on him, and, as you might imagine, I have now googled Heimlich maneuver and memorized the steps.  I encourage you to memorize the steps as well, because apparently kids don't only choke on the normal choking hazard type foods.  They also choke on tostito scoops.  

And I am now attempting to not be an overprotective mother, all while being very over protective on the inside.  I am fighting a few irrational fears, and currently John is not allowed to eat chips, which are, ironically, his favorite food in all the world.

Ada is also having a hard time moving past the entire thing, and she is having a harder time reasoning away her fears.  She, like me, has that permanent image of an unconscious John burned in her brain, and night time has been a struggle.  We all prayed and prayed last night, though, and she was able to fall asleep like normal--the previous two nights she had fallen asleep on the love seat, with Scott and me in clear view.  I had been compassionate the first night, a little less so the second night, and last night I was ready to enforce the normal bed time routine, but it turned out to not be a problem--praise the Lord!!!

So, we are, indeed, hugging John a little tighter these days and thanking God for his protection!!!!

And now a few pictures of our oh-so-tacky summer fun.  What can I say, we were desperate to beat the heat but also desperate to be out of the house...





7 comments:

The Noonan's said...

WOW! Praise the LORD for HIS perfect timing that the life guards were right there. What an eventful - 911ish type of summer you are having. Think of you often and giving thanks with you this evening!

Kathy said...

Amazing! Amazing you were so close to "life guards" (pun intended :)). And we have the EXACT same set up in our backyard :)

Margaret said...

So glad things turned out ok! How scary that must have been! And we've got the dollar store plastic blue pool in our yard, and my two usually end up with nothing on in that pool...lovely spectacle we create :)

Hank and Anna Uzzell said...

oh my goodness! LB, so so scary!! Very thankful that he is ok

Deanna said...

Oh my! I can only imagine how scary that incident was for you. I have seen my dad choke twice and it is terrifying. So glad John is okay!!

Mary said...

I laughed when I saw the pictures because we used to do the exact same thing wit that little slide, long after they had outgrown the slide! : )

Mary said...

I laughed when I saw the pictures because we used to do the same thing with that slide, they had so much fun with it!