Don’t hang up your landline! and… Know your neighbor!

by Nikky Manausa on January 16, 2010

You Never Know

It’s 9PM on a Friday night.  Do you know where your cell phone is?

The inevitable happened tonight.  I am in the living room with my 3 year old playing.  OK, she was playing with the dogs, and I was playing on the computer.  In the kitchen I could hear my 16 month old son, Randy, swishing around the dog water.  This may gross some of you out (most of you), but if you have dogs and kids, it just becomes a common occurrence to have the kids playing with either the dog food, water, or more likely, both!  I told Randy to stop playing in the dog water, and yet I heard another “swoosh” sound  that felt a little eerie.  My instinct kicked in and I ran to the kitchen.


Ask anyone, I rarely say any type of foul word, and I truly avoid saying, “Oh my God!” HOWEVER, when I walked into the kitchen and found my son had completely emptied the area under the sink where we keep all our cleaners *locked up* I was in total shock.  Randy was holding a spray bottle labeled by my husband as “Lysol”.  I smelled his breath… yep, it smelled mighty clean!

Time to Call Poison Control

“Stay calm Nikky and call poison control”, I told myself.  I whisked away my son, remembered I saved the Poison Control number on my cell phone, and went to call.

Where is my cell phone!?! I could not find it.  No surprise that I couldn’t find it with two kids around who believe the lights and sound on my cell phone are way more amusing than any of the other hundreds of toys that they actually own.  I could feel myself begin to panic.

Wait. I have a landline!  Thank God!  I even followed my doctor’s directions and put the Poison Control sticker on the phone.  I pick up the landline phone and I hear nothing!  Now I am really panicked.  I’m yelling at my daughter to help me find the phone.

“Look in your purse Mommy!” Maddie kept saying over and over.  No, it wasn’t there. It wasn’t anywhere!  In these situations I usually use my home phone to call my cell phone to find it!  (I am sure you know that drill!)

It’s 9:05PM on a Friday Night, Do You Know Where Your Neighbors Are?

Desperation sets in. I gather both my half-dressed children, me with no shoes, and quickly run next door to ring the doorbell.  Thankfully the lights are on and they are home.  I explain the situation.  Finally, I get to call Poison Control.

Name Your Poison

The Poison Control dispatcher was extremely calm and reassuring.  However, she kept asking what my son ingested.  I explained that it was Lysol.  She then informed me that Lysol has over 30 products!  She told me what to do and asked that I call back in an hour.

I took my neighbor’s phone back to my house to locate my cell phone.  Sure enough it was in Randy’s room!

Praise God

Thankfully, it appears my son is fine.  In my opinion, he seemed a little too happy at first (almost in a drunken state). I kept him up until 10:40 and decided he was safe to go to bed while I watched him do somersaults on the floor.

Bottom Line, Keep Your Landline

My husband is out of town (there’s never a doctor in the house when you need one!). After I spoke with him about the situation, he told me he had unplugged the phone.  We have been talking about disconnecting our phone services for a while now, and apparently he disconnected the landline from the wall to play with the modem (whatever all that means).  I still have not figured out why the phone isn’t working.  It looks plugged in to me!

I really wish my landline was working when I needed it.  I could have avoided an embarrassing trip to the neighbors, but more importantly, I could have made the call faster.  At that precise moment, I did not know my son was going to be OK.  What if every minute, or second, actually counted?

Considerations for Keeping Your Landline

  • An emergency situation arises and your cell phone does not work (or cannot be found!)
  • Signal Strength of your cell phone in your house
  • As a way to locate your cell phone :)
  • So you can be listed in the phone book
  • Your children may be able to locate the landline easier if there was an emergency and they needed to make the call to 911
  • If you do call 911, they can quickly locate you based on your landline
  • You can give your landline to people that you don’t want to have your cell phone (like the credit card company!)
  • If you have (or soon will have), children who talk on the phone with their friends, they can use the landline instead of your cell phone

Label Your Containers!

I was pretty impressed that my husband labeled the container my son drank from as “Lysol”.  Who would have thought that I would have needed more information than that? As it turns out, it was an aerosol Lysol Brand Disinfectant III, Crisp Linen ScentPlease label your containers with its specific contents. 

“Don’t Guess, Be Sure…” Poison Control Phone Number 1-800-222-1222.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Traci Downing January 16, 2010 at 7:15 am

Wow…that’s crazy! We’ve been toying with getting rid of the landline as well but with kids in the house, I’ve been hesitant to as well. This just reassures my own decision to keep it. I’m so so glad that Randy is fine, WHEW! How did he get past the “locked” cabinet?

Nikky Manausa January 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

Traci, I always keep the cabinet locked, but of course, this one time, it wasn’t. I had just cleaned the kitchen and went into the living room. I am going to move the products out of his reach because it’s just not worth the risk.

Sheila January 16, 2010 at 8:37 am

OMG! I’ve thought about getting rid of my land line. I guess I haven’t done it becuase of 911. I have 4 extenstions in the house, one person. Overkill? You never know where you’ll be when you drop!

I enjoy the way the Family Fit For Life blog relates to typical, busy, everyday, sometimes funny, sometimes not, family-kind-of-life. It keeps me reading.

Melissa Thibodeaux January 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

I’m so glad it all ended up fine. We never know when an emergency may come up. I don’t get many calls on my land line but I’m glad I have it…we actually have two…I thought about getting rid of one but we didn’t. Thank goodness it was only Lysol…what if it had been that bug poison??? Thanks for letting me know.

Darleen January 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

Wow! So scary. Glad everything was okay. I think when I get home I”m going to go ahead and buy that locked box to put all my prescription meds in. I have a few heavy narcotics left over from my surgery that could really do some damage if the kids ever got ahold of them. And now that they are climbing on everything and using chairs to reach anything they can’t climb to, no space is safe now adays in our house. Thanks for the awareness.

Nikky Manausa January 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Do it Darleen. Just when you think it won’t happen to you, it does!

Deena January 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Shew, Nikky! This is totally something that sounds like it is from my house ;-). So glad the Randster is okay. :-)

p.s. Love the blog!

Kate January 24, 2010 at 12:59 am

This story got my mommy adrenaline going! I had a similarly embarrassing trip to the neighbor’s house after locking Louis in the car and myself out of the house. Glad Randy’s ok! I don’t know how you have time to blog, but I’m impressed and will follow.

Nikky Manausa January 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Kate! These things happen, no matter how close an eye we watch. Miss you!

Dawn Brumfield January 31, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I’m Kate’s mom. She sent me your blog site so I could see the lists of ‘dirty’ and ‘clean’ veggies. Very good info. I had just seen a piece on GMA the other morning about organic veggies and wished I had the lists! I did go on and read your story about your son and Lysol. Thanks goodness he’s fine. Children are so very, very good at finding that one time we slip up on locking up or putting something out of reach! We’ve all been there, Nikky!

I loved your list of reasons for keeping a land line. Wendell and I have thought of getting rid of ours because most of the calls we get on it are political or survey related. Your 911 reason is the one that made me realize we can never get rid of our landline. Thanks!

I’m proud of you for finding the time to keep a very good blog going!!

Nikky Manausa January 31, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Dawn, thank you so much for visiting my blog! It’s nice to hear that someone is benefiting from my content and obsession. :)

Morgan Mims February 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

Woah! Crazy stuff! I am sure this has been a life safer to many readers with young kids, or anyone who works with kids for a living! Thanks for sharing!

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