I heard the what was unmistakably a firetruck coming up my street. Just as I stepped out the front door it stopped in front of my house
. That was because the house they were going to next door
already had an ambulance blocking the street. The crew from the fire engine jumped and ran up my neighbor's driveway. When they move that quickly after the first responder is already on scene, it brings up all sort of scary thoughts. I had to go back inside for my keys (I keep the gate locked since my recent intruder scare,) and as I stepped out into the street another fire engine pulled up. I though I was smelling smoke then, but couldn't see anything on fire. (That may have been paranoia on my behalf, what with our history in this neighborhood.)
The neighbors are an older Japanese couple. I think she's in her late sixties & he is probably well into his seventies. He takes care of their little four-year-old grandaughter every day. I approached one of the medics coming back out of the neighbor's yard and asked if I was needed to tend the little girl. He said "Nope. All over now, but thanks," then told the other crews they could leave. I still have no idea what is all over but I'm glad it is.
UPDATE: Dot (next door neighbor) had extreme shortness of breath, but responded well to whatever the medics did & would not let them take her to the hospital. She saw a doc yesterday & was given antibiotics for strep throat. This might have been anaphylaxis from an allergic reaction to the meds. She and I had a talk with the little girl, who knows it will be okay to go with auntie skeet for a little while if grandma or grandpa ever needs to go to the doctor in a hurry. She knows her mother & big sister's phone number & we will call them to come get her.
Whew! I feel much better. And I guess the "might be smoke" was
just my paranoia, lol!
Labels: neighbors, scary things