Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you surely have to know that the midwest has been hit hard with a snowstorm. Being here in Eaton, Ohio, we've had some pretty heavy snows. Though I watch the evening news and look at those people in the East and thank god we've only had the snow we have had. It could be worse.
This past saturday, I rolled out of bed around 9:30 and went straight to the window, to see what old man winter had brought us during the night. Here's a couple pics to give you an idea..
I was pretty excited. Play time!! No plans for work for the day, so after breakfast I threw on some warm clothes and went out to help my husband clear off the driveway and watch the kids play.
After spending some time outdoors, I went inside to warm up, kicked off my boots and threw on some fuzzy slippers. Sitting there, I figured I would help my husband out some more and bring some wood in from our front porch to use in our woodburning stove. So I went out to grab some firewood. As I walked into the house, my slippers (wet from snow) touched our hardwood floor and next thing I knew I was falling. I fell straight back and hit the rim of a black metal buket we use to hold kindling wood. I fell forward, thinking to myself "Your fine...it doesn't really hurt". Then, I tried to take a breath and...it wasn't there. Ever had the wind knocked out of you? Very scary. When it finally came back to me, I started yelling for my husband. The kids finally heard me and came running.
Well, my husband comes in and I say "Oh, I'll be fine, let me get up and walk it off". Funny thing is though...I COULDN'T get up!!! Not for the life of me. So my husband decides to call the ambulance. Ugh. NOT what I wanted.
Not 2 minutes later, the squad from the Gasper Township fire department (located outside of Lakengren) showed up at my door. I was feeling like a fool. Laying on my living room floor. In my jammies. Hat hair. A pretty scary site.
I just wanted to tell you how wonderful and kind these people were. They checked me out completely, top to bottom. Turns out when you break ribs, you can puncture a lung or other organ, and have internal bleeding. Who knew? Well, I didn"t puncture a lung or any other organs, but as for the broken ribs...yep. A few.
Because of the snow storm that we were facing in Eaton on this past Saturday (2/6/2010), it took us over an hour to get to a hospital that we could normally reach in 20 minutes. The squad transported me there as carefully as they could, seeing as how every bump in the road would make me want to crawl out of my skin. The men from Gasper Township Fire and Rescue even brought a scrubber truck along to ride ahead of us and clear the roads.
I just cant get over how super nice these men where. I was feeling very embarrased, not to mention a little bit vunerable in my jammies. They made me feel so at ease, talked me through everything, and never left my side until I was in the hospital with the doctor beside me.
I feel sort of bad. I took them for granted for a long time. I didn't think it was such a big deal that they lived around the corner because "Shoot, I'm never gonna need them". I think thats the mindset a lot of us have. While we may be happy to have them so clsoe to our Lakengren neighborhood, its like many other things in lfe. You take it for granted until a need opens up your eyes.
Anyways, I dont know if any of the men from Gasper Township fire and rescue will see this, but either way, I thank you for being there. BEing there for those of us who have a new appreciation for you, and for all those people out there who believe they will "never" need you, but someday might.