Underwater - page 3

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... Read More

  1. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    EXCELLENT article, Soldier! You truly have a gift for writing.
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  2. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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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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  3. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    nice story.. thanks for sharing!
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  4. Visit  Jennybrie profile page
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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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  5. Visit  bjpeace profile page
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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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  6. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    nice article! thanks for sharing!!
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  7. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
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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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  8. Visit  edmia profile page
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    Nice writing SoldierNurse.

    Just wondering why you didn't tell his mother what had almost happened? If it affected you so much, don't you think that near death would also benefit his mother? I just can't understand your choice to leave without speaking to her...

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  9. Visit  SoldierNurse22 profile page
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    Quote from edmia
    Nice writing SoldierNurse.

    Just wondering why you didn't tell his mother what had almost happened? If it affected you so much, don't you think that near death would also benefit his mother? I just can't understand your choice to leave without speaking to her...

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    Thanks!

    Quite honestly, it took recounting this story to my own mother for me to realize that his mother had no idea what happened. Amidst my disbelieving exclamations of, "And they didn't even say thank you!", my own mother pointed out that they clearly didn't see what had happened. I was so involved in the event that I guess I just assumed they couldn't have missed it, even though I knew they did.

    It really wasn't a conscious decision not to say anything. It was much more of a stunned silence. Though I agree-his mother would greatly benefit from being informed of what happened. With the benefit of hindsight, f I could go back and change how I approached the family afterward, I would.
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  10. Visit  edmia profile page
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    Quote from SoldierNurse22

    Thanks!

    Quite honestly, it took recounting this story to my own mother for me to realize that his mother had no idea what happened. Amidst my disbelieving exclamations of, "And they didn't even say thank you!", my own mother pointed out that they clearly didn't see what had happened. I was so involved in the event that I guess I just assumed they couldn't have missed it, even though I knew they did.

    It really wasn't a conscious decision not to say anything. It was much more of a stunned silence. Though I agree-his mother would greatly benefit from being informed of what happened. With the benefit of hindsight, f I could go back and change how I approached the family afterward, I would.
    Thanks. You were more shocked than you realized. Understandable.

    I grew up in a warm place with lots of pools and water play and have pulled little ones up and out many times. It happens so fast! But once you go through it once, you become so tuned in to it that you catch it all the time. Not sure if that's a good thing actually-- makes for a hyper vigilant poolside experience.

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