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The Best Ways to Handle an Emergency Situation

By Randy Collins Subscribe to RSS | January 11th 2012 | Views:
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It all happened on a cold December morning. The 5th of December to be precise, the most unforgettable day in my life. It was around 7 AM. a snow storm had been raging since yesterday and the sub zero temperature made matters worse. I had woken up suddenly though not because of the alarm which was set to go off at 7:30. I heard the moaning sound again that sent a chill up my spine, it was my wife who was expecting, but not before the 12th of December according to her doctor, the good natured Dr Brian.

Now, here she was moaning, obviously the pains had started. I jumped out of bed and ran to her side and called to her softly, she responded with "honey, I think the baby is coming" and had another painful spasm, "call 911 immediately" she barely whispered.

Oh God, this is so unexpected, I groped around for my cell phone and learnt with dismay that it was completely dead as there had been a power outage and I could not have the battery charged. I grabbed my wife's cell phone only to find that there was no "signal". Tried moving around the house to get the damn eluding signal, no - - - - - - - use!!! Panic started to grip me and I went numb for a minute, Jennie kept gasping for breath and her face went white. I cursed the day I had decided not to go for a home phone which would have withstood this snow storm and more.

However, I decided to rush to my neighbor Jim who I believe had a home phone connection. I opened the front door and was greeted with a blast of icy cold wind which was blowing at a high speed cursed the day I had decided not to go for a home phone which would have withstood this snow storm and more. However, I decided to rush to my neighbor Jim who I believe had a home phone connection. I rushed up the driveway of Jim's house, tripping and skidding my way through to his front door and started banging his door, yelling out to him. There was no answer, just an eerie silence, except for the moaning sound of the wind that sounded like a wailing banshee. This reminded me of Jennie who was almost in tears by now. I started banging the door again and heard Jim growling "who the hell is that at this ungodly hour??" and opened the door a crack. I started shouting at him,"hey buddy Jim, you got to help me, it's Jennie, I think the baby's coming and I need to rush her to hospital, can I use your phone please?' A look of concern appeared on his face and he said "sure Benji. Come right in".

Mercifully, I rushed in and as luck would have it, his home phone was working. I fumbled for a moment and dialed 911 and got connected immediately. A calm voice said "please remain calm and confirm your home address, I hurriedly gave my address at Ridgefield Park and the voice said "that's not the number showing up on the caller ID" I yelled in exasperation, "Mister, this is an emergency and I am calling from my neighbor's place and he is right here beside me", the person at the other end said "I understand sir, however please confirm your friend's address and we will come there ASAP, so I blurted the address of my friend and said "hurry up for God's sake, before my wife delivers in my living room". My buddy Jim tried to pacify me and asked me to check on Jennie. Suddenly I remembered that I had to be at work at 9:30 today and told Jim who said "just call up your boss and inform him. I dialed my boss's number only to hit a voice mail and Jim suggested that I leave a voice mail, and he said that he could forward my boss's call to my cell phone( which, the culprit, is dead) he said "don't worry Benji, you can have the battery charged at the hospital.

So, I left a v m for my boss and rushed to my house, and as I was entering I heard the screaming sirens and the paramedics quickly rushed out with a stretcher and saline drips handy. We quickly bundled my wife (who had almost passed out) and started to Mount Sinai, which is a good 10 miles from where I live.The driver went through traffic signs and intersections skidding and swerving and I got jittery and yelled "slow down mister!! I don't want my son to be born in and Ambulance. Soon we reached the emergency entrance and in no time Jennie was under the expert and reassuring control of Dr Brian, who took over with professional calm only found in Doctors. After a nervous half hour, by when I had almost become a wreck, Dr Brian came out and shook hands and said 'man, have you been busy!! You have triplets and they are boys with blonde hair like you. I was stunned, talk of "a blessing in disguise", I have been thrice blessed, this is a Triple Bundle of joy!!! I quickly called Jim to convey the good news (I had my cell phone battery charged by now, thanks to the chargers hanging at the hospital corridor, though strangely, hospitals still use the sturdy old Land Lines to this day!! And Jim said "I have a triple bundle too, and I was a bit confused, and he explained that he had the Triple Bundle from Verizon FiOS Bundles, which included the home phone, Internet and Cable TV, and suggested that I go for it too, I replied "you bet". That is how my triple Bundle of Joy, led me to going for Verizon FiOS Bundles, wouldn't you have done that?

Randy Collins - About Author:
Randy Collins is a freelance writer and likes to write about real life situations in life that could have turned into emergencies but for timely thinking and help from Verizon FiOS TV

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