First, the question. I'd really really like to get rid of our landline. However, having had to call 911 on two occasions, I really really enjoyed the fact that the 911 peopleguys knew my address without me having to remember it. I mean, I was calm and everything during both crises, but still...it was nice.
My main concern is that one of the kids might call it, or slightly more likely, Brendan might be having a diabetic moment and need to call it--and his mental processes are really fuzzy when he's having a really low blood sugar.
So I'm trying to weigh the risks--the likelihood of needing 911 in the future (I'd say higher than average, but still pretty low) plus the likelihood of the caller not being able to remember our address (no idea) against the cost of having this landline. Because the primary reason we haven't given it up yet is for this 911 thing. (Another reason is the convenience of having more than one handset for those low batteries.)
I dunno. I'm pondering. My actual question--after all of this preamble--is this: how do I get information about how 911 works with cellphones? Brendan used his cell to call 911 recently when he witnessed a car wreck a couple towns over in another county and the call went to our county's 911 service (I suppose based on our billing address?). After quite a bit of explanation as to where he actually was, the 911 operator switched him to the emergency service of the county where the wreck occurred.
That took lots of minutes and lots of 'splainin'. Minutes that we don't have to spare, especially in a food allergy or diabetic emergency (the types of emergencies we're most likely to have). So if you know of a resource I could use to research the whole cellphone/emergency topic a bit more thoroughly, I'd appreciate it.
And now we're on to Good Things:
Sean is officially a toddler, as of yesterday! And he is tearing. up. my. house. As if Ryan (not to mention Morgan, but mostly Ryan) needed any assistance in this area. Seriously. He is a Force of Destruction who refuses to take "no" or "look over there!" as an answer.
I'm apparently having a LTE published soon in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution! They called yesterday to confirm my identity. It's been a long while since I've had a LTE in the paper--like maybe years. So I can't quite remember how long the whole process takes. But I'll be sure to link it! I'm all excited--I just knew as I was writing it that it was a good letter. And it's not even about parenting or food allergies or the Census Bureau any of my usual topics--that felt good, too.
My friend's 5 year old son had open heart surgery last Friday and went home today! Can you believe that someone can go home so quickly after such a procedure? I was in the hospital that long after my first c-section! This boy was born with a heart defect and this was his second or third open heart surgery to repair a valve (with a cow valve if you can imagine) and widen conduits and tinker with the whooziwhatchits and other amazing things. I've known this family for a few years (we all take Music Class together) and they are just some of the nicest people. And their little guy is such a sweetie. I'm so glad he's doing so well that I just had to share! :o)