When I tell you that I dread the days when my children become teenagers, it is the understatement of my life. Â My daughter is already a handful at two-and-a-half. Â She reminds me a lot of me. Â Which makes me think about all the crap I did as a teenager â€“ I snuck out, I talked back, I renegotiated my punishments.Â Yes, I was on the lawyer track well before law school because when I was 16 I cut a deal with my parents.Â I came home past my curfew one night so they told me I was not allowed to go out the next night (it was summer).Â I reasoned with them that one night out was approximately four hours so instead of not going out for one night, I agreed to come home one hour earlier for the next four nights.Â They agreed.Â My parents were never strict and that was one of the only times I was ever â€śgrounded,â€ť but even that didnâ€™t stick.Â And then college.Â I honestly canâ€™t even get into all the stupid things I did in college. Â In New England, it’s a wonder this wasn’t one of them: passing out in the snow like a 19-year-old in Minnesota did this weekend.
She was dropped off by her friends in front of her house, but Alyssa Jo LommelÂ never made it inside. Â Her tracks showed she went to the house next door, wandered down to a dead-end and ultimately passed out on a porch. Â Her hands were exposed overnight where the temperature dropped to -17 degrees,Â -36 degrees with the wind chill. Â According to the NY Daily News:
She was wearing just blue jeans, Ugg boots, a sweater and light jacket. But she had on no gloves when a passerby found her aroundÂ 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Her hands were three times their normal size â€” and may have to be amputated due to the severe frostbite and hypothermic conditions she endured.
The college sophomore was nearly frozen to death, police said in a report.
The hospital staff who treated her said she “could lose one or both of her hands.” Â Her mother says it’s a waiting game at this point. Â â€śItâ€™s going to take some time to determine whatâ€™s going to happen. We are hopeful that her body will heal itself.â€ť
I have no idea why she was alone after reportedly drinking for six hours, but her last communication was through Twitter.
This just makes me want to cry. Â In the age of cellphones and constant social media updates, no one was with her or thought to look for her. Â A passerby found her at 9:30am the next day. Â I don’t even know what to say about this awful story. Â College kids do crazy things, and I think nine times out of 10 they end up fine. Â But this one incident might leave this girl with no hands.
Someone remind me to follow my kids on Twitter so that when I see a tweet like this I will get in my car and drive to make sure sheâ€™s properly at home, on her stomach with her puke bucket underneath her.Â I just hope they end up at college within driving distance.