I had to empty my pool this year because last year, I wasn't able to keep enough chlorine in the water. No matter how much I added, when I took the water to be tested, it was low. The pool company suggested that since I haven't emptied the pool since it went in about 15 years ago, that we should try that.
I went and bought myself a nifty little electric pressure washer and I thought I'd have a few hours of zen while I power washed the walls and floor of my now empty pool. I never read directions but for some reason, this time I did. One of the warnings was that if you had a pacemaker, you should call your physician before using the power washer. Something about the EMT's or something or other. Sigh. I got in touch with the nurse practitioner in my cardiologist's office and his response was something along the lines of "gee, never heard of that but you'll probably be okay. Just don't use it for the first time when you're alone and if you feel faint, shut it off right away.". Really? I'll probably be okay? He felt it would be fine but the electrical magnetic somethings and the vibration could throw my pacemaker off. He did add that my heart beats pretty much on its own and the pacemaker kicks in only occasionally, but still, "don't use it for the first time alone".
If I had my druthers, I would have just went ahead and used the power washer and hoped for the best. My 22-year-old was adamant that I was not, under any circumstances, to even touch it. He and his sweet friend Joey were out there the other day and did most of it. There's about another hour or two of work left and then it'll be done. Today, I asked again. Just let me try it and you can stand right there. No. He said, "mom, I'd rather have you alive than not, okay?"
So, today, I am very thankful for my son Max and his friend Joey. Both of my sons are wonderful and they have THE best friends. Respectful, sweet, and I love seeing them. Some of them still call me Mamagigian! And I get a hug from every one of them every time they visit!
I hope you have folks who pitch in and make you thankful too!