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I've been grappling with how to express my feelings after a very difficult weekend that was filled with the lowest of lows and then the highest of highs. Hours after the photo below was taken on Saturday, my sweet granddaughter was being pulled from a swimming pool not breathing. The accident happened while she was attending a special event at a public pool with friends and families. Somehow she became trapped on the bottom while playing with a large group of kids in relative shallow water.
The tender mercies of the Lord were clearly evident during the next critical hour.
The quick actions of a watchful life guard had Nsly out of the water quickly and recitation was started without delay. The paramedics arrived in record time and restored her breathing quickly. Located less than a mile from the pool is one of the best children hospitals in Arizona. They have a special unit dedicated to dealing with young victims of drownings and near drownings. Two hours after the accident occurred, the doctors declared that my granddaughter appeared to have fully recovered. After spending the night at the hospital, Nsly was back home and in the arms of her loving family late Sunday evening.
I struggle to explain the feelings of helplessness and sorrow that gripped me when my son first called to inform me of the accident. At that moment, the outcome was uncertain. I prayed as hard as I have ever prayed during the next hour. Without question, many prayers were answered and tears of joy coursed my face as I embraced this sweet little girl on Sunday. Nsly is sitting on my lap as I type this post wondering why her Papa is such an emotional fellow.
There were over a dozen parents and six life guards watching these kids when Nsly's accident happened. It was no one's fault. Accidents happen no matter how well we think we are prepared. To say I'm grateful for the blessings my family were granted on Saturday would be an overwhelming understatement. Things could have easily ended much worse as they often do during the summer in Arizona.
Even though I know it goes without saying, make sure everyone you love knows you love them. Don't pass any opportunity to express your love to family and friends. When I saw my son's number on my iPhone Saturday afternoon, I was certain he was calling to ask me to borrow the lawn mower. You never know my friends...