Thursday, June 5, 2008

6 hours and counting

As if it is not scary enough having your baby nearly drown in the bathtub, now I have to worry about him for an additional 24 hours. Seriously. I was sitting right next to the tub looking at something besides the tub (my camera ?) when I heard a thunk and looked to find Bentley face down in the water. I snatched him out immediately but he didn't breath for a few seconds. It was scary! I mean, I knew he should be okay, he wasn't under for more than one or two seconds at most, but man, very scary. He and Gwen were both very freaked out after the fact. I got him settled down and taking a nap and Gwen watching a show. I was reading the news about an hour later when I came across this article.

Dry drowning? You've got to be kidding me. And the things you are supposed to look out for?

1. Excessive tiredness
2. Mood changes
3. Difficulty breathing

Well, Bentley went right to sleep after the incident, and had raspy breathing (he has a slight cold and has always been quite nasally while breathing). My heart started beating so fast I thought it would beat right out of my chest. I felt all light headed and EXTRA nauseous. I mean, was it a sign that I saw this article?

It may seem a bit odd if I grab my son and haul him to the ER and say that I thought he might be dry drowning. I don't know.

So I have sat here all day with him never more than an inch away, watching for the signs. It's really hard to tell if he has any of the three as it would be for any infant I am sure. All I know is that it has been 6 hours and I can't wait for the next 18 to be over!

And I feel so sad for that kid and that mother. What an awful thing to happen. I had no idea, just like she said, that such a thing existed. Except I think maybe I saw an episode of House about it. Anyway, just a shout out to all you moms out there to know that this is a real thing and to watch your kids after swimming. I know, you needed another thing to worry about it, but knowledge is power, right?


Kathrin Paul said...

Wow, that's so scary. I have never even heard of that! Good luck!

Blaine said...

I guess the lesson here is to pay closer attention to House. I can't imagine too many weird medical conditions exist that haven't been covered at some point on that show :)

Gretchen said...

I'd never heard of this either. There are some bizarre conditions out there that are so obscure and so hard to catch the symptoms of that if you are one of the unlucky few, maybe it was just your time to go... I know that's easy to say when it's not your kid, but seriously. If my kids ever dies of something like this, I hope I can remember not to blame myself, because who could possibly be expected to catch something like this???

Joe Speredon said...

Knowledge is power. Thanks for the info. I don't know if we can afford going around worrying about every possible thing that could happen, but it's good to have the information. I've never watched House. Maybe I should start. I'd hate to be that 1 in 1000000 case.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the info. Kristi. Scary! Hopefully Bentely's ok.

Shades of Blue said...

I did the same thing with Jillene when she was about 6-8 months. I was standing right there in the bathroom with her, and there was only about 6-8" of water in the bathtub. I turned around to get her clothes ready on the countertop RIGHT NEXT to the tub, and when I turned around she was laying on her back, and her head was completely under the water (although just barely, because there wasn't THAT much water in the tub), and she had her eyes open looking at me. Again, seriously, it couldn't have been more than 5-10 seconds. But what scared me so much was that she didn't kick, or try to struggle to breathe. I didn't hear any noise at all...not even the noise of her slipping underneath the water. I don't think we raise our kids anyway...I think the Lord does it for us because he knows we could NEVER do it by ourselves...Aunt Jann