Thursday, January 06, 2011

A Cautionary Tale

Tonight, Marc was bathing the children while I was out at a meeting.  Marc always lets the DD play for awhile and then gets down to bathing them.  When he finishes cleaning them off and begins to let the water drain, they always enjoy their last few minutes in the water....Katie loves to lay her head back and pretend to float in the shallow water. 

Tonight's bathing episode ended on a much different note than any in the past.  As Katie laid back, her hair floated down into the drain and before Marc knew it, her long hair began to weave around the metal on the inside of the drain and became caught.  Marc tried to free her and the hair began winding and tangling more and more while pulling her hair and head down.  Thankfully, he handled it well and was able to get it all untangled and free her.  It took more than a couple of minutes to do that though and a great deal of patience.

On the surface, you may think that the biggest concern here was her hair and possibly losing several inches of it, as at one point Marc thought he may have to cut most of it off in order to free her!  It is much more serious than that.  If he had walked away to get a phone call or to do anything else, she may have been drawn down beneath the waters surface with no way to free herself and possibly could have drowned.

That is why I am sharing this.  Please...anytime there is water not leave your children alone.  A minute may be the difference between life and death.  Tonight was proof positive of that fact!


Sandra said...

This post hits home. Our Laura drowned in the bathtub. NEVER leave your children unattended in the bathtub.
So glad that Katie is alright.

Tammie said...

I immediately thought of Sandra P when I saw your post.

I'm glad that Marc was able to keep his head about everything. And, of course, I'm glad to know Katie Starr is alright.

M3 said...

Yikes, good information, thank you so much for sharing. I'm forwarding this to a bunch of people. So glad everyone is ok.

Vivian M said...

How scary....glad everyone is OK!

Carroll said...

Wow, a post that deserves wide circulation if ever there was one!

Sandra, how dreadful for you to have to re-live that incident, and how brave of you to comment. My heart goes out to you from afar!