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Old 04-11-2013, 03:18 PM   #256
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The title of this thread is "positive thoughts and prayers"... I continue to send mine to little Chase and his family.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:30 PM   #257
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Agreed that the pools are always the place that will draw kids but because of slides etc its next to impossible to see you child at all times in a place like that. On our trip The row of parents standing around the pool made it equally difficult to see and yet one had to do that to optimize viewing. Kind of reminded me of people standing around the luggage carousel. No one can get their suitcase off because there are too many people there. My DD got crowded between two adults in a hot tub who both turned their backs and thought they were against each others back. She slipped under them and If she were smaller couldn't have touched from the center and with the hot tub swirling no one would have seen her. We all need to watch out for the little ones.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #258
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Let's all agree to take what has been a horrific tragedy and heartache for this family and try to make some big positive change for the future and all the future little cruise swimmers and parents everywhere.

I am so hopeful that we can influence DCL to put lifeguards at the pools. Please include it on your surveys before you leave ship.

I am hopeful that many will read and learn how to recognize drowning individuals, and reach out to help others.

I am hopeful that parents will learn CPR so that we can help our loved ones and others when the need arises.

I am hopeful that we will as a community will learn to be more attentive near water and recognize how dangerous it can be.

Let's honor Chase by making positive changes in our lives.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:17 PM   #259
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Let's all agree to take what has been a horrific tragedy and heartache for this family and try to make some big positive change for the future and all the future little cruise swimmers and parents everywhere.

I am so hopeful that we can influence DCL to put lifeguards at the pools. Please include it on your surveys before you leave ship.

I am hopeful that many will read and learn how to recognize drowning individuals, and reach out to help others.

I am hopeful that parents will learn CPR so that we can help our loved ones and others when the need arises.

I am hopeful that we will as a community will learn to be more attentive near water and recognize how dangerous it can be.

Let's honor Chase by making positive changes in our lives.
Great points and great post! I am going to take a CPR class. This horrific accident definitely shows you never know when you might need it.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:23 PM   #260
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This little boy and his family have touched many hearts. They have so much strength and courage.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:48 PM   #261
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Let's all agree to take what has been a horrific tragedy and heartache for this family and try to make some big positive change for the future and all the future little cruise swimmers and parents everywhere.

I am so hopeful that we can influence DCL to put lifeguards at the pools. Please include it on your surveys before you leave ship.

I am hopeful that many will read and learn how to recognize drowning individuals, and reach out to help others.

I am hopeful that parents will learn CPR so that we can help our loved ones and others when the need arises.

I am hopeful that we will as a community will learn to be more attentive near water and recognize how dangerous it can be.

Let's honor Chase by making positive changes in our lives.
Hear, hear!

I am also hopeful that we, as parents, will be grateful for the health and happiness of our children, and endeavor to show that gratitude every day.

Already, I hug my children tighter. Try to love them more. I watch them with vigilance in the bathtub too - something I always THOUGHT I did...but not to the level I now understand is necessary.

I want so much for some positives to come from this tragedy too.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:42 PM   #262
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The title of this thread is "positive thoughts and prayers"... I continue to send mine to little Chase and his family.
I am thinking of him everyday and I will continue to pray for him. I had our church add him to our prayer list. I do believe that having an entire community pray will help the family cope and heal.

I think it is great that there is such a caring group of people on the DIS who have sent not only prayers, but donations to this family in their time of need. I am proud to be a part of this community and this thread.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #263
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As a 4 year old child, I nearly drowned, and it is one of my most vivid early memories. My family was on vacation at a small resort. I wandered off to the pool while my parents & older siblings were unpacking the car. I was fully dressed and walking around the parameters of the small, empty pool, like I was walking on a balance beam. I lost my balance and fell in. I didn't know how to swim. I distinctly remember being at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, very close to the drain. In a word, I was mesmerized. No sense of panic or danger whatsoever. I honestly thought I was swimming & completely unaware that my lungs were filling with water. So for those who have suggested that drowning is a silent killer, for young children, this is especially true. Thankfully for me, my mother very quickly realized that I had wandered off. She saw me at the bottom of the otherwise empty pool, and dove in to rescue me. I share my story to emphasize the randomness and unpredictability of accidents. My parents lost sight of me (one of 4 kids) for a brief moment. It could easily happen to any family in the chaos at the onset of any vacation, especially on a crowded cruise ship.

Needless to say, Chase's story has touched me in that, "there but the grace of God go I" sort of way. My heart goes out to him & his family and I, too, send out positive thoughts & prayers for healing & strength. I cannot imagine the pain they are going through.

To the poster who belittled the power of prayer, this is not a time for political correctness. If you did not agree with the tone of this thread (and clearly the title made its intent known) then why read or comment at all? Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:09 PM   #264
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Let's all agree to take what has been a horrific tragedy and heartache for this family and try to make some big positive change for the future and all the future little cruise swimmers and parents everywhere.

I am so hopeful that we can influence DCL to put lifeguards at the pools. Please include it on your surveys before you leave ship.

I am hopeful that many will read and learn how to recognize drowning individuals, and reach out to help others.

I am hopeful that parents will learn CPR so that we can help our loved ones and others when the need arises.

I am hopeful that we will as a community will learn to be more attentive near water and recognize how dangerous it can be.

Let's honor Chase by making positive changes in our lives.
Amazing post!!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:10 PM   #265
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As a 4 year old child, I nearly drowned, and it is one of my most vivid early memories. My family was on vacation at a small resort. I wandered off to the pool while my parents & older siblings were unpacking the car. I was fully dressed and walking around the parameters of the small, empty pool, like I was walking on a balance beam. I lost my balance and fell in. I didn't know how to swim. I distinctly remember being at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, very close to the drain. In a word, I was mesmerized. No sense of panic or danger whatsoever. I honestly thought I was swimming & completely unaware that my lungs were filling with water. So for those who have suggested that drowning is a silent killer, for young children, this is especially true. Thankfully for me, my mother very quickly realized that I had wandered off. She saw me at the bottom of the otherwise empty pool, and dove in to rescue me. I share my story to emphasize the randomness and unpredictability of accidents. My parents lost sight of me (one of 4 kids) for a brief moment. It could easily happen to any family in the chaos at the onset of any vacation, especially on a crowded cruise ship.

Needless to say, Chase's story has touched me in that, "there but the grace of God go I" sort of way. My heart goes out to him & his family and I, too, send out positive thoughts & prayers for healing & strength. I cannot imagine the pain they are going through.

To the poster who belittled the power of prayer, this is not a time for political correctness. If you did not agree with the tone of this thread (and clearly the title made its intent known) then why read or comment at all? Just my 2 cents.
another amazing post!!! Thank God you are ok!!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:53 PM   #266
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I don't want to continue the negativity, but I felt that I must comment on the believers, non-believers activity. If anyone is reading or has read any of the caring bridge entries, you would know that Chase's family believes strongly in the power of prayer and have asked for prayers from all those who believe likewise. I believe that by offering our prayers we are honoring his families wishes, encouraging, and uplifting them in this difficult time.
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I don't want to continue the negativity, but I felt that I must comment on the believers, non-believers activity. If anyone is reading or has read any of the caring bridge entries, you would know that Chase's family believes strongly in the power of prayer and have asked for prayers from all those who believe likewise. I believe that by offering our prayers we are honoring his families wishes, encouraging, and uplifting them in this difficult time.
I agree!!!! The family has asked for that one small thing from those who do believe.

It's very hard to see the negativity in these boards. The anonymity of the Internet obviously makes people overly comfortable and its sad that there are people that are so angry that they would be so hurtful and unkind when the life of a 4 year old hangs in the balance. I pray for this family every night and thank God they aren't exposed to the cruel comments

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I agree!!!! The family has asked for that one small thing from those who do believe.

It's very hard to see the negativity in these boards. The anonymity of the Internet obviously makes people overly comfortable and its sad that there are people that are so angry that they would be so hurtful and unkind when the life of a 4 year old hangs in the balance. I pray for this family every night and thank God they aren't exposed to the cruel comments

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I'm not religious, but darn it, if the Lykken family want prayers then I will do my utmost to provide what I can in the form of prayers to their God for Chase's recovery. They deserve that and so does their sweet precious little warrior! Sending prayers and positive thoughts for a miracle. I wish I could hug them.
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