Never Swim Alone!

United States
July 12, 2007 8:34pm CST
I got off work a little early today so that I could pay my son, his wife, and family a visit. His wife told me that she had a near death experience. When swimming she slipped off a cement dam and hit her back and her head. She slipped under the water. Fortunately, my daughter's boyfriend witnessed the event and swam to rescue her. They took her to the hospital where they found she had some pretty bad scrapes on her back and a concussion. Why the hospital released her is beyond me. But, the good thing is that she is doing okay today. Never go swimming alone. Always swim with a buddy. You never know when an accident can occur.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thats some great advice. People don't realize how quickly an accident can occur. And never swim when everyone is drinking. I watched a lady drown when I was a kid. She was drunk and so was everyone else. But anyway, I am glad your DIL is okay. I think they should have at least kept her at the hospital for observation.
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• United States
13 Jul 07
My son stayed awake most of the night to check on her. If anything was amiss, I know he would have been calling 911.
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• Philippines
13 Jul 07
Thanks for the advice. Yeah, it is true. We should never swim alone, particularly for the children and for those who still dont know how to swim. Always practice and observe safety precaution especially for some risky places. It is better to be prepared from any unpredictable accidents than to be unprepared. Good day!
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
13 Jul 07
Wow thats pretty scary. The hospital probably released her because her concussion wasn't that bad. Concussions can usually just be monitored at home. Your story is a very good example of why to never go swimming alone. Anything could happen.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
13 Jul 07
yes, i totally agree with you... since i am a child, my parents never allow me to swim by myself... i am not a good swimmer as well... they always afraid that something might happen to me... that's why they always make sure that somebody is near or close to me when i am swimming... i'm glad that your son's wife is alright now... and thanks for the advice...
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
13 Jul 07
That's one of the first things everyone should learn from the time they first learn how to swim; never swim alone. I was always taught to have a swimming buddy, someone to keep an eye on me, and I would keep an eye on them, even in a place where there are a lot of other swimmers. Many times, everyone is having too much fun to notice if something goes wrong.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
13 Jul 07
I have almost drown myself, when they pulled me up I was not breathing. Mind you, I was at a packed beach and noone reacted, yet along tried to save me. I got caught by a wave that swollowed me and the next few minutes I felt as if I was in a washingmachine, didnt know wich way was up or down. Thats probably the only thing good my ex did - he rescued me somehow.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
13 Jul 07
I'm glad she is ok and your son was there whenever she was swimming.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
13 Jul 07
That is actually very sound advice!!!! There are many variables in life and having a friend with you can help to ensure that you chances of surviving are better. :) I am glad to hear that your daughter in law is okay and a friend was there!!!
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I hope everyone is listening to this. I got hit with leg cramps once, bad ones...I know that this is true, they can come out of nowhere...never ever swim alone.......
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I am so glad she is doing ok, I bet she always has someone with her from now on. I never swim alone, you never know when something could happen.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks for the reminder. You never know when something will happen.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
13 Jul 07
This is very good advice..she could easily have drown if the boyfriend hadn't seen her..Thank goodness she is okay...
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I could never understand why my mom said this to me when I was growing up because I was always a very good swimmer, as an adult though, I understand completely and tell my children the same thing. I always thought it was just because she wasn't a good swimmer and was worrying needlessly, but as I grew older, I realized that there is a genuine risk involved.
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I have also wondered when I was younger why was my mom so scared to leave us in the water alone. But, as I did get older I realized how she was thinking, and that an accident can happen at any moment! :D
@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
13 Jul 07
That was a blessing that your daughter's husband helped your daughter in law, that he was there and saved her. You are right we should always have someone besides us to help each other. Thank you God.
@CopyPaper (229)
• Philippines
13 Jul 07
Thanks for such precaution. Swimmer should know about the basic necessity when he/she's going to swim. "FIND A LIFEGUARD". When there's no lifeguard around then you might get someone with you, as long as she can watched you swim. I am a swimmer but I cannot swim alone since I've always got a cramped.
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• United States
13 Jul 07
I am so gald she is okay.I know about the not swimming alone. I had that drilled in my head.I still almost drowned twice with people around.the first time i hadn't learned to swim yet.I was in the shallow end of the pool and got to close to the deep end.I kept calling for help and they were so loud ,they couldn't hear me at first .another time my mom used to babysit for a female cop and this woman tried to teach me to swim the hard way.she pushed into the deep end .I was so mad,even madder at my parents.They didn't even say anything to her about it. It I had a kid that somebody did that too,I would have beat the crap out of her
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
13 Jul 07
It is easy to forget how many things around us are dangerous and we become careless. The other half works in an emergency room and it is amazing the stories he comes home and tells me. From people playing with chain saws to women who used vicks instead of vagisil (I don't get it). Your DIL was not only lucky she was alone, but that the person who came after was a strong swimmer, many times the rescuer ends up drowning instead of or as well as the victim.
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@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
13 Jul 07
i wholly agree with you. swimming is a fun sport and all, but you just never know what might happen. its always best to have a swimming buddy or at least someone nearby who can kep an eye should you ever get into any difficulties while swimming
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
13 Jul 07
I'm so glad to hear that your daughter-in-law is okay, and that your daughter's boyfriend was able to come to her rescue. I think hospitals discharge patients way too early these days. You're right. Nobody should swim alone, no matter how accomplished they believe themselves to be.
• United States
16 Sep 07
That is definite good advice. I find it shocking that people would even think about swimming alone. I mean, I wouldn't even dare to swim unless someone was home, and even then I'd have to think twice about swimming even outside alone because you just never know when something can happen.