Sunday, July 24, 2016

His mother was sitting on the side of the baby pool, attentively watching her two little boys. The older boy climbed out of the pool needing his mother's attention for a split few seconds. Split seconds--had passed--when she turned to see a man pull her youngest from his face down position in the water.

It was a mother-death moment when her heart sickens because of what could have been. When her heart pounds and her throat feels clasped with an iron brace, and then all that emotion gushes forth; she shakes; she is profoundly grateful.

The little guy was safe.

That night with extreme gratitude for all her children, she notices the little guy is running a fever and remembers the research she did on second drowning***. Worried, she calls the emergency room at the nearby hospital. The wait is over an hour. Her husband is out of town. It's 10:30 at night. She needs help. She turns to the internet and anxiously accesses all the information, the symptoms of second drowning.

She remembers the neighbors may be of the same religion, and if they are, they believe in giving blessings--powers depending on faith and righteousness passed down from the days of Jesus Christ and his apostles. She pulls the little guy out of his crib, carries him next door, apologizes for the interruption, but she needs their help--and they are happy to share such a gift with a worried Mom. One of the men, the week before, even listened to a speaker who taught the audience about second drowning.

After the blessing, both men feel the little guy will be fine. She carries him home and holds him into the night, then keeps him by her side, all the while making sure the promises bestowed upon him will come to pass.

Every time I think of little guy and his mother, my throat swells and I can't talk because I am choked up with grateful emotions. I think about the two men who have stayed true to this power which is given only to bless others. It requires commitment, faith, and staying true to their religion, to their covenants, but again, not to benefit themselves, but to serve others--in this is revealed the miraculous powers and blessings of doing good: when we serve others, not only are we serving God, but we also are magnified with joy.


***Also called dry-drowning or delayed drowning.
From WEb MD http://www.webmd.com/children/features/secondary-drowning-dry-drowning
With dry drowning, water never reaches the lungs. Instead, breathing in water causes your child's vocal chords to spasm and close up after he's already left the pool, ocean, or lake. That shuts off his airways, making it hard to breathe.
Secondary drowning happens a little bit differently. Your child's airways open up, letting water into his lungs where it builds up, causing a condition called pulmonary edema. The end result is the same: trouble breathing.
Symptoms of dry drowning usually happen right after any incident in the water. Secondary drowning generally starts later, within 1-24 hours of the incident, Pitetti says.
Both events are very rare. They make up only 1%-2% of all drowning incidents, says James Orlowski, MD, chief of pediatrics at Florida Hospital Tampa.

Symptoms

Dry drowning and secondary drowning have the same symptoms. They include:
Your child may also have changes in behavior such as such as irritability or a drop in energy levels, which could mean the brain isn't getting enough oxygen.

What to Do

If your child has any signs of dry drowning and secondary drowning, get medical help. Although in most cases the symptoms will go away on their own, it's important to get him checked out.
"The most likely course is that the symptoms are relatively mild and improve over time," says Mark Reiter, MD, president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.