Friday, 02 September 2016 18:07

TGIF: Urgent Care Edition

24 hour emergency bag

I’d only fallen asleep around 1:30, and less than 45 minutes later, my wife woke me up in somewhat of a panic that our daughter needed urgent attention.

The side of her face was puffy, and she been in a lot of discomfort.

My wife (not the lady in the stock photo) said she probably would need to go into urgent care, and that I would need to take her because she had to stay home with our sons that were still sleeping like rocks.

Turns out that while I was stumbling around, getting ready, our daughter fell asleep in our bed and was snoring loudly.

We decided to monitor her throughout the night, and if the swelling was still there in the morning, we’d take her in.

My wife took the bed next to her, and I slept on the floor next to the bed.

We ended up taking her in to see the doctor in the morning, and that’s where I’m writing this TGIF post from today.

I’m tired as ever, and my head is in somewhat of a fog right now, but since I commit to writing either the 4PM coffee or TGIF posts every day, I’m still getting it done for you, my readers.

Always Be Ready

There’s one thing to say for this situation. If you’re not ready at a moment’s notice, then you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage.

What if it had been a lot worse? What if she might have gone to the ER and needed to stay overnight?

I wouldn’t have been ready beyond grabbing my work backpack which has some of the daily things I need (toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, body spray, etc…).

Pack A 24 Hour Emergency Bag

As a parent, I have done a bit of research sitting here while waiting for my wife and daughter in the waiting room on what to do to be more ready, and one of the best ideas that I found was to put together a 24 hour emergency bag that is always ready to go in case you get stuck overnight somewhere.

The idea is that if you have to take your kid to the ER, you have a backpack that’s filled with snacks, change of clothes and personal hygiene stuff for both you and the child that will essentially get you through 24 hours at the hospital assuming you can’t leave your child’s side.

This bag also could be taken on day trips when you have to go over 100 miles. You may only be going for the day, but what if the car breaks down, or there’s weather conditions that don’t permit a safe return home?

The 24 hour bag will help to make things more manageable during unforeseen “layovers”.

I’ll be starting to put together a 24 hour bag when I get home later today, and will keep notes of what I do, what I put in it and why on my next post on this topic. See you then!