On Tuesday morning I woke him, my plan was to see how he was feeling, and to see if we should go to the doctor. When I woke him up I ask him how he was feeling and he replied, so, so, he did however wanted me to check on see if he had a fever. Anyway he got up took 3 steps and fainted, immediately I grabbed him, I panic and yell for my hubby to come and help me (Joe is a solid boy) and his body was like holding jello. I was afraid to drop him, during that time he gain a bit of conscious and he went quickly into a withdraw, develop a tunnel vision and as we ask him questions to keep him awake he will only reply what, what, what over and over. From time to time he will seem to be engage and answer questions, but only for seconds at a time and then back to the same cycle.
As my hubby held him and tried to keep him engage. I frantically dial 911 immediately. As we waited for what seem like forever he began to get a tunnel look again, I was really scared, my hubby and Cory Jr were not freaking out like I was, Cory Jr ( not make it known to us) went and scratched the top of Joe hand, upon hearing Joe said aww! Cory concluded that Joe was not losing his body feeling even if it looks like he was, (smart CJ!), which kept Cory from freaking out.
The police showed up quickly although to me it seem like forever and said let's lay him down, shortly after that came the Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad, which I will be always grateful for their quick response. I was amaze they understood my address because when I called I could barely speak calmly, the paramedic shared with me that if you call from your home number your address and number pops up on a screen, but if you call from a cell phone it is important to clearly state were you are for it may take extra time to locate you if they don't understand you. Anyway they put the oxygen mask on him and he began to be engage. To get him to the hospital they tried to get him up but his heart rate will get really high so they put him on a chair on rolled him out.
While I was in the ambulance I was able to learn one thing that I never knew, if someone is passing out you should lay him or her down and put his or her feet up right away so blood will flow all over. Do try to keep them awake, but not on their feet which made things worse for him.
While in the hospital a rumor had circulated around school and to some friends of ours on the Groton Sub-base, that Joe had died this morning.
People were freaking out and feeling sad and a friend from church Diana Wilson that works at the Elementary school had to go and cry in the bathroom, she prayed and ask God for wisdom on how to help us.
People were so shock at the news, however thought, meetings were held trying to figure out how to help us.
Eventually the principal call the house because he didn’t have confirmation that Joe had died, it was all rumors to him at that point. At that time my hubby had gone home for a moment and was able to explain everything to the principal.
After much testing it was obvious he had a bad case of dehydration and was a bit anemic.
I wrote this for several reasons; because I don’t want to forget this happen and also thought some of the things I learn could be beneficial to someone else.
1- Even though in a moment of panic we may do everything wrong ( like keeping Joe on his feet instead of laying him down) I'm now convince that life or death is out of our control. It is truly in God’s hand.
2- I was reminded of many things that I can usually take for granted. I was reminded that in the course of our day could change in an instant.
3- I learned that water is important for everyone, especially active adolescents.
4- I also learned that because someone is not vomiting or having diarrhea does not mean they can't be extremely dehydrated.
5- I learnrd that adolescent need the love of a mom and dad because no matter how the want to appear like they know what’s best they can be clueless at what’s really going on.
6- Make sure to have an easy access so that in a case of an emergency people can get through.
But most of all I was reminded that volunteers make a difference in many ways they even help save a life’s. The firefighters that came were all volunteers.
I learned an incredible life lesson that God does work for the good of those who love Him and that he will not forsake me in my time of need. I believe that one of the worse things that can happen to me is loosing my husband or my children and God showed me that he would make sure that I would be taken care of even if that happened as people I have never meant came together to figure out ways to help us, that was incredible that I had the blessing to see that and my son is still alive as I tell this story.