Underwater - page 2

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I squinted, opening my eyes into the direct light of the sun. I immediately averted my gaze to the right, my attention held firmly by the rising quarrel among the seven children in the pool. Their mothers, lingering outside the... Read More


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    Quote from That Guy
    As a child, I drowned in the pool. It was no fault of my mother, I simply just got out of her sight for a second. Something that happens to all parents at times. I do thank everyday that there was someone there to pull me out and start CPR. While your situation didnt get to that point, thank you for being there!
    My mother had the same thing happen. She was holding my baby brother and my little sister jumped into the pool. Thankfully, she was already in the water, a former lifeguard, and despite holding my little brother, she was able to pull my sister out.

    But you're right--it does happen, even to people who are watching their kids!
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    Quote from LoveNeverDies
    SoldierNurse, what a wonderful post. I worked as a lifeguard for 3 years and it always amazed me the way most parents were with their children. Especially when I would jump in for a child in obvious distress and they would watch me pull them out and act like it was no big deal! ( That happened 3 times! ) Thank God that the little boy had someone like you there for him. I also admire your willpower, I probably would have argued with her... or pushed her and her distracting cell phone into the pool.
    God bless you for doing what you did! I only did it once and it was an incredible experience (hence the post!). I like your "accidental nudge" idea, too! Perhaps next time...
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    Obviously the OP is not a parent
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    EXCELLENT article, Soldier! You truly have a gift for writing.
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    Great article!!!!!

    The amount of children that in have cared for that were near drowings or drowned in the Emergency Department is staggering......it takes but a brief second to end their lives.

    I was obsessive when my kids were little. They went NOWHERE NEAR water without life jackets. I trusted NO ONE to "keep an eye on them"....I never ever let them out of my sight. At the end of a fun day I was exhausted.

    Personally...... I would have said something to that parent that if they HANG UP THAT *#@*^@#* PHONE they wouldn't have to depend on their older child to be the parent.....but I have a big mouth.

    What could possibly be so important that you need it connected to your ear 24/7.....unbelievable.
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    nice story.. thanks for sharing!
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    Thank God you were there to save the boys life

    I used to lifeguard for many years at an indoor/outdoor pool with a water slide. The outdoor pool was 3 feet deep so most parents liked to have their little ones in that one verses the bigger pool indoors. What many parents didn't realize was the current of the water slide pulled anything that wasn't grounded to the bottom (kids in floats) towards the bottom of the slide. After saving an infant from the bottom of the slide by jumping in and pulling him to his mother (who turned his back on him) she yelled at me for touching her son and telling me that it was "unnecessary to save him"!!! Looking back I think she was probably embarrassed but she could have at least said thank you or shown some sort of gratitude for doing the job she failed to do.


    P.S. I was just as dumbfounded by the response of the mother that I couldn't say anything and went back to my post. I actually started second guessing my actions with her reaction so I had to replay the event over and over in my mind.
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    Kudos for your actions! You have a flair for writing, I hope you think about publishing some day
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    nice article! thanks for sharing!!
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    Quote from Jennybrie
    Thank God you were there to save the boys life

    I used to lifeguard for many years at an indoor/outdoor pool with a water slide. The outdoor pool was 3 feet deep so most parents liked to have their little ones in that one verses the bigger pool indoors. What many parents didn't realize was the current of the water slide pulled anything that wasn't grounded to the bottom (kids in floats) towards the bottom of the slide. After saving an infant from the bottom of the slide by jumping in and pulling him to his mother (who turned his back on him) she yelled at me for touching her son and telling me that it was "unnecessary to save him"!!! Looking back I think she was probably embarrassed but she could have at least said thank you or shown some sort of gratitude for doing the job she failed to do.

    P.S. I was just as dumbfounded by the response of the mother that I couldn't say anything and went back to my post. I actually started second guessing my actions with her reaction so I had to replay the event over and over in my mind.
    That women needs her head examined!
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