Thursday, April 16, 2009

We Almost Lost Him Today



We have one of those bath toy holders that is a net with two suction cups to stick it to the side of the tub. Today I cut the suction cups off of it and if you have one, I hope you follow suit.
You see, this morning, while taking his bath, Jackson took that net (which was not attached to the tub wall), held it by the two suction cups and put it around the back of his neck - so it laid on his back like a cape. He then dunked his head underwater to see how long he could hold his breath for, and suctioned those cups to the bottom of the tub. When he tried to come up for air, he was stuck underwater. He pulled against the suction with his neck so hard that he has a rope burn on his neck. By God's Tender Mercy, he was able to get a breath and call for help. I came running, only to find him back under water.
He was already starting to inhale water into his lungs. I quickly figured out the problem and released the suction.
He is a very independent bather. He is 5, after all. All day today I have run through the what if's: What if I had been drying my hair in the other bathroom. What if I had gone downstairs for something and could not hear his call for help. What if...
I have cried many times today, thankful to have received such mercy, thankful for the Lord's rescue. This could have been "that day" that changed the rest of our family's life. Just moments away...
Thank you, Lord, for sparing my son. My sweet, wonderful Jackson Douglas

16 comments:

Brenda said...

Jenne, this is sooooo scary!!! Wow, it makes me think!! We have one of those nets to hold our toys in too!! Very scary. Thank you Jesus for saving Jackson's precious life!!

Megan said...

I thought about it all day today too, and am so thankful that he's okay. That is so scary, and I just thanked God over and over today that He saved Jackson.

Ginger@chirgies said...

Oh Jenne, That is every Mommy's worst nightmare. Thank you Lord for protecting Jackson. Wow.

Wilson Family said...

Oh my land! That brought tears to my eyes! We've got that net too. Thank you Lord that Jackson is safe!

Bronwyn said...

Wow- so scary Jenne. Thank you for sharing this. I'll praise God along side you for protecting your son.

Rakel said...

Oh dear Lord.....thank you for protecting that little boy!!

Faith said...

Jenne, I am in shock. I am so thankful he is okay and that you heard him. I don't even know what else to say.

Mae said...

Jenne: We two are thanking God that he was able to call out for help and you were right there. God's timing is always so perfect. May God bless your little family and bring comfort to you.

Greg and Andrea said...

Gave me chills down my spine. We were pretty attentive during bathtime tonight. I'm so glad Jackson is ok and that God allowed you to hear him.

Echternach Family said...

Jenne, I cannot believe this, what a blessing that you were close and heard him call for you!

Brandy said...

wow, i have no words, just a pit in my stomach. thank you Lord Jesus for being the Almighty protector and looking out for sweet Jackson.

Jon and Erin said...

Oh my, tears are in my eyes. Thank you God for letting Jenne hear and for giving Jackson the strength to call out for help!

Aunt Pam said...

Yikes!!! Oh Jenne, I am so sorry about what Jackson and ALL of you went through. That is soooo scary. But so glad that all is well. Please give Jackson a great big hug from Aunt Pam. Love you all!

Diane said...

I have tears now after reading this post. Who would have thought this could happen? You should right the company about this danger. Thank you Jesus for sparing little Jacksons life.

Diane said...

Oh goodness, I was feeling so bad, I miss spelled 'write'. (right)
Glad he's OK

Lauree "LO" Austin said...

I totally have chills right now. I'm so glad that he is safe and that God didn't design this day as his last. What a great opportunity to speak out about the dangers that many parents are unaware of in their homes.
New mercies each day!