Recently, I read an article about secondary drowning, I never knew there was such a thing. Secondary Drowning is when someone inhales water, but the response can take up to 72 hours to affect the body. There are up to 1000 children that die each year from this. Please take the time to read this article and the symptoms that accompany secondary drowning. (Read it here)
This reminds me of an incident that happened when I was a child. When I was growing up, we had an above ground pool. It was about 4 ½ feet deep, so my parents always kept the ladder up and locked unless they were out there with us. I remember one year, the pool had just been filled, so the water was cold! However, it was a very hot day, so my mom had promised us that we could go into the pool. When she finally unlocked the ladder to the pool, my brothers quickly climbed the ladder and jumped right in, because they knew how to swim. My sisters and I could not, so my mother put life jackets on each one of us. We floated around in the pool with our mom, as my brothers swam and did cannon balls from the deck. The water was so cold, I was shivering, but I didn’t want to get out of the water. Soon it wasn’t a choice, our mother insisted, and brought us each to the ladder to climb out. She took our life jackets off and reached for a towel to warm us up, only to learn that my brother’s cannon balls soaked the stack of towels. My mom had us sit in the chairs on the deck and told my brothers that she was going to get some dry towels.
Soon, she was at the back door with a new stack of towels. I decided to walk over to the ladder, so I could get a towel to get warm. But, as soon as I took my first step, my foot slipped on the wet deck and I fell into the pool. I remember seeing the look on my mother’s face as she watched me topple into the water. She must have raced down those back steps and quickly up the pool ladder, because in an instance I could feel her arms around me, lifting me up and out of the water. I was coughing and spitting up water and I could feel my mother slapping my back to help me expel the water; but I was okay. Reading that article, helped me to realize how truly lucky I had been as a child.
Knowing that a lot of parents will be bringing their child to the beach or a pool, I felt this article had important information, so I wanted to pass it on to you.