This blog was originally written back on June 12th of 2007. I will tell you the reason I'm re-writing this blog in my next entry.
This was by far the scariest day of my life (so far!)
Blog from June 12, 2007-
We got up at 6:20 this morning (and the boys didn't even go to sleep till 10pm last night!!). We sat around here for a while, then got in the shower, checked the weather report to hear that today was supposed to be sunny with a high of 79 and tomorrow a chance of thunderstorms high of 72. So we decided to use today to hit the waterpark instead of the beach. The ocean is much to cold to swim in anyway...so sitting on the beach playing in the sand sounds a lot nicer in the cooler 72 degree weather LOL. First off let me just say that I wasn't to pleased with the waterpark. It's more of a "pool" than a park. In the sense that it has a wave pool and a kiddie area with a lazy "river" (a small oval) and kiddie slides in the middle of a kiddie pool that had different structures in it to climb on. The "slides" were the size of a backyard slide. Then at the other side of the park was the actual "water slides" for like older kids and adults.
When we first got there Aidan immediately wanted to go on the big water slides. We spoke with a lifeguard who told us that "the red and blue side are tandem slides". So We decided I would stay at the bottom with the baby who was in the stroller and Austin who didn't meet the height requirements to ride, and that Roy would take Aidan and go on the slide with him. They headed up the stairs and I walked to the bottom of the slides and got the camera ready. It seemed to take forever but finally I saw someone coming down the slide. I snapped a picture and realized it wasn't Aidan or Roy. I said to Austin "Oh that's not daddy and Aidan" and the guy said to me "oh I think the people you're talking about are coming down right behind us. I thanked him and got ready again. Next thing you know I see Aidan coming down the slide.....head first.....on his belly. I IMMEDIATELY dropped the camera, let go of the stroller and started running towards the "pool" at the bottom of slide. As I saw Aidan go under the water and not come back up I started screaming at the top of my lungs at the lifeguard that was on the side of the "pool". I was screaming "OMG HE CAN'T SWIM!!!!! HE'S UNDERWATER...HE CAN'T SWIM!!!" I was basically hurdling the fence at this point and it seemed like everything was in slow motion. I saw Aidan under the water, his eyes were HUGE and he was trying desperately to get to the top. The lifeguard didn't seem to be moving and I couldn't get there fast enough. I'm screaming and screaming. I was at the edge of the pool about to jump in myself when the lifeguard dove in and grabbed Aidan. She pulled him out of the water and his eyes were as big as soccer balls. I'm screaming his name and his mouth is just wide open. That's when I realized it....He wasn't breathing!! The lifeguard gave his stomach one big heilmich manuever push kinda thing and all this water came out of his mouth and he started coughing and crying. I grabbed him and just held him. I was crying, he was crying, and then I noticed the innertube came down after Aidan did. I asked Aidan "where's daddy?" Aidan said "daddy promised he's be at the bottom to catch me, he promised mommy." I asked him what happened to the innertube and he didn't answer. He just kept repeating "I was scared to death mommy, I was scared to death" I told him that I was right there and I would NEVER let ANYTHING happen to him EVER. At that point the lifeguard said for us to stay put that she needed to contact her superviser because of what had happened. It was THEN that I noticed Roy. He was walking towards us with a big smile on his face. A SMILE! After our son had almost DROWNED. I went off. "What the fuck where you thinking??" "He almost drowned Roy!" " the lifeguard had to save him" Roy said "he's fine Heather" "FINE?? HE CAN'T SWIM ROY!, what were you thinking?!? HE ALMOST DIED!" Roy said "The lifeguard at the top said the only way to ride tandem was to rent a tandem tube, so I asked Aidan if he wanted to go down by himself and he said yes"
"OMG OF COURSE HE SAID YES ROY!!" "HE CAN'T SWIM!!!!!!!! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND LETTING HIM GO BY HIMSELF?"
I was so scared I was shaking. I still hadnt put Aidan down, and the supervisor came over and made sure he was ok and asked if everything was ok. I told her that his father should NEVER have let him go down by himself that he couldn't swim, but that everything was ok now. She gave Aidan and Austin some free life vests to use for the rest of the day. Obviously at SOME point while going down the slide Aidan flipped off of the innertube. Not that it matters anyway, cause even with the innertube he should NEVER have been allowed to go down by himself.
As soon as we get home he's going right into swim lessons and I'll be damned if I EVER trust Roy again at an amusement park with my kids again. I've kept telling him all day "You tried to drown my son"
He's so nonchalant about the whole thing. Just keeps kinda laughing about it and saying "he's fine Heather" Yeah he is fine....NO THANKS TO YOU!" And poor Aidan just keeps saying "I was scared to death mommy" and telling Roy "Bad daddy, you hurt me, I couldn't get up in the water, I tried and tried, but the water wasn't letting me up"
It was by far the scariest day of my life.