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I would like to thank the folks that responded with kind words to the incident yesterday.

I found it hard to calm down. When I finally did, it's amazing how "exhausted" I felt. And everything was okay too!

I haven't had anything I would consider serious trauma or emergency happen to someone important in my life yet. I'm 45, so that means I've been lucky, I think.

I learned a few things:

- My daughter has a network of friends and family near her. And I don't have any of their phone numbers readily available in the event I need to get in touch with someone. I don't even know the names of the people she lives with.

- I didn't have her work phone number.

- I have her address, but it is at home in my address book.

- I realized how important it is to have people nearby that can help. If it hadn't been for my co-workers, it would have taken me much longer to find the numbers...because I wasn't really thinking clearly. The first thing I did was open the phone book...and that's silly, because she doesn't even live in the same state I do. She is literally 3000 miles away.

- It took a while to get my head straight so I could talk to the ER and State Police with clarity. They were very patient and they gave me SOME information. I was afraid they would not be able to give me any, since she is well over 18.

- I have an idea on what might be helpful for someone else if they have an emergency happen. My friend Becky told me to sit down three times before I realized what she was saying. She also asked me more than once to repeat the name of the hospital. And my boss, Kay, was the first person to say, "Call the State Police. They will know more information." I think being patient with someone and staying calm is the most important help another person can provide. They kept their composure and this was very helpful for me.

So, this taught me a lesson or two in emergency preparation.

I don't know what kind of person does that...certainly someone young enough to not yet realize how scary something like this is for a parent. I can't imagine playing a trick like that on someone else.

When I was a kid, the worst thing I ever did on the phone was call someone, start giggling, and hang up. I don't know what sort of fun comes from the meanness he got terrorizing me.

And I told my co-workers yesterday - "Well, it's a darn good thing I don't have a heart condition...although now I might!"

It was hard for me to get my composure back at work...then I felt a little embarrassed...like "I should have KNOWN..." and..."What a drama queen I am."

Well, I can't "Should On" myself.

Anyway, I have to remember my lessons, because I have a little followup to do with her to find out the info I need in the event I (or someone else) needs to get in touch with her.

Okay, now back to fun stuff!

Thanks again!

Comments

Karen said…
Big virtual hug coming your way! My youngest dd has gone to Chicago a couple of times to see a friend! I made her give me his phone number before she left the first time, now I'm really glad I did, cause....you never know.....! Have a great 4th.

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