(Closed) Almost had a heart attack…

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Awe I am sorry that sounds like a horrifying experience and I understand why alarms would make you nervous.

 

*HUGS*

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

You poor thing!!  I can’t imagine going through that, and I totally get why your smoke alarm would be so scary for you!  (((HUGS)))

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m sorry you got freaked out!  I understand it though with that experience you had before.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

How terrifying! I think what you’re experiencing is a normal reaction to a horrifying experience.Just as a side note, have you considered seeing a counselor about this? Because the nightmares you’re having coupled with the reaction to the smoke alarm sound a lot like post traumatic stress disorder (FI has it). Seeing someone could help, especially with the nightmares.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It may sound awful how I did it but a few years ago our fire alarm went off in our condo at 3am.  I happened to get a concussion a few hours earlier (got tossed from a horse I was training) so I may not have been thinking straight but when the alarm went off I rolled my daughter (4 at the time), two pups, and my cousin’s cat I was fostering all into my comforter and carried them to my car.  I was barefoot and there was snow on the ground but at least I got them all out quick and safe.  Sounds awful that I just rolled them all up like a burrito together but it worked!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Aww 🙁 That’s such a terrible thing to go through,

Remember, fire alarms are programmed to go off at the first sign of a fire… not when there’s a full blown fire, in order to give you time to evacuate your house.

Go out and buy a couple fire extinguishers… it could help you feel a little bit safer knowing that there’s something you can do to help stop a fire if one starts.

My father is a fire fighter and so all of the fire alarm rules have been drilled into my head since an early age… so just remember the basics! Set up a plan and a meeting place in case of an emergency, and keep animal crates in an easy-to-get-to area.

I hope you feel better! xoxo

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Totally get why its scary.  What a horrible experience, of course there’s trauma there.  I’m definitely an advocate for talking to someone about it (aside from us)  You don’t want to always be in a panic if a fire alarm goes off.  Especially because those things go off for no reason all the time!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

OMG that is terrible!  Thankfully you all got out okay!  It must be awful losing all your belonging and almost your life!  Did your crackhead neighbor ever have anything happen to them?  They should have to pay for all the items lost in the fire!  That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard all day!

 

Take care of yourself!!  I hope you feel better:)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh you poor thing!  I would definitely think about trying to talk to someone.  I can’t imagine going through something like that.  Definitely scary. 

Side note—do you have renters insurance now?  I know that doesn’t take care of losing what you did and the attacks you have now though, but for your possession to not have to replace them again out of pocket.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wow.  I’m so glad you guys made it out okay and I’m sorry that you have nightmares, etc about it (especially around this time of year).

My Fiance is a Fire Marshal and we always have a plan of attack in case there is a fire. And whenever he’s out of town at a seminar, etc he religiously goes over the plan which in turn gives me anxiety because I worry about getting to our pets (our room on 3rd level, pets on 2nd/1st at night).  But it’s better to be safe then sorry.

Also, make sure you have a ladder (fire ladder) if you’re on any floor other than the first.  Store it close to your window(s).

Unplug any plug that is NOT being used.  Fiance had to drive this point home to me but now it’s habit. When I’m at my parent’s house I go around unplugging things that really don’t need to be plugged in.  It drives them nuts but hey, I’m also saving them money, right?

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