The Time Fast Food Saved My Family

January 22, 2009 7:00 am

A few months back, we were knee deep in ear infections and experiencing a similar bout with insomnia like the one we’re currently going through. Let me state for the record that I am not a person who can function without sleep. In fact, I become a whiny, irritable bitch and you DO NOT want to come near me.

On this particular evening, I had just come back from returning my prescription eyeglasses for the second time since the vision store (not naming names but their initials are Vision Works) and I couldn’t agree on exactly how blind a bat actually is. Each time I went back to the store, I had to wait for an exorbitant amount of time that I did not have to be waiting for glasses. Each time, I had to arrange for someone to watch the kids so that I could slip away for a few minutes (which usually turned into an hour or more). I was frustrated and pissed off.

I arrived home that night just in time to help Jamie with the bath and bedtime routine. We got both kids snuggled into bed and it was time to discuss our dinner options. For those of you scoffing at the fact that dinner wasn’t already in the oven, it usually isn’t even in our minds until the kids are in bed. If anyone in this family plans ahead for meals, it’s Jamie since I don’t cook. Anyway, we decided to take my stress out on some greasy food so I got on my shoes to run out and pick it up.

I went to grab the keys and they weren’t on the counter. I checked all of the pockets in my jeans and anywhere else I could have left them. Nowhere. At that point, I got pissed off and almost abandoned the idea of leaving the house at all. I decided to see if I had left them in the car, a trick I’ve certainly done before. I opened the door to the garage and smelled fumes. And heard an engine. The fucking car was still on in the closed garage. It had been for close to an hour.

I immediately started shaking at the fact that I could have killed my family. That I let myself get so stressed out that something I always do on autopilot (turn the car off), I completely missed. What if I hadn’t gone back out for food and we had left the car on overnight? I remember a story in our area that had not turned out so lucky and the poor family lost two children to carbon monoxide poisoning. Just from making that same mistake. Fuck. I shakily went to get our greasy food and vowed to be more careful.

The moral of my story is that you should ALWAYS indulge in fast food when the feeling strikes. Who knows, it could save your life.


  1. jen

    so true! i mean, a quick turn into a drive through could definitely save you from a potential car crash that you were destined for … you just never know.

    all kidding aside. i’m also very thankful that you had greasy food that night. that is very scary. and eye opening. thank you for sharing.

    jens last blog post..dreaming …

  2. K

    I’m so glad you went into the garage. That’s scary.

    Long live fast food. It might kill us all, but at least it’s a slow death.

    Ks last blog post..When Life Attacks

  3. Michele

    That’s frightening.

    I’m so glad you went out to get fast food. I’m pretty sure I would have turned the car off, started crying and not gone out for the fast food. You were smart to go out for the fast food thus giving your garage time to air out.

    Micheles last blog post..Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  4. FoN

    Yikes – that’s a tough one. It happens to the best of us though – I once stopped to get gas and forgot to put the car in park. While I was inside paying the car started slowly rolling down towards a very busy street during 5:00 traffic with my two kids insdie. I managed to jump in and stop it less than a foot from the street. It totally freaked me out.

    I’m happy your story turned out okay – all hail the cheeseburger.

    FoNs last blog post..The Legend of the February Flowers

  5. Sprite's Keeper

    Dude, left the car running in a closed garage? You WERE NOT KIDDING about needing sleep! All hail McDonalds! (Glad nothing happened. Really.)

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..The Randomness of Being

  6. carrie

    wow, I am so glad it worked out. I have one of those stories as well with my litle one. No sure I am willing to admit it over the blogging world for fear of protective services but man, when we are on overload, it gets crazy.

    carries last blog post..Sensory Seeker – Spin Cycle

  7. Sandie

    Sounds like some sage advice to me! Thanks for giving me a laugh today. I need a few good laughs right now.

    Sandies last blog post..A Twofer Today

  8. HeatherPride

    Oh my gosh, I’m so glad you all are ok!! One of my friend’s sisters actually made this exact same mistake and there was DRAMA. She ended up waking up in the middle of the night feeling sick, stood up to go to the bathroom and passed out. When she passed out, she smacked her head on the nightstand which woke her husband up. When he saw her passed out on the floor, he reached over to dial 911 and then he passed out. Luckily, the ambulance arrived, but the paramedics couldn’t go inside the house because of the fumes. They had to wait for the fire dept. They got them out, and a helicopter actually landed in their back yard to take them to the hospital, where they were both in comas for a few days. It was questionable as to whether they would wake up. Luckily, they both did, but as soon as she woke up they hauled her off to the psych ward, thinking she had attempted a murder/suicide. It took a while, but she was finally able to convince them she had just made a mistake. Crazy.

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Occasional Synaptic Firings, Expressed in Haiku Form

  9. Keely

    I’m not sure, as the leader of HASAY, that that is the moral you should be taking from that, but I’m glad you listened to your cravings and you’re all okay!!

    Keelys last blog post..Poet Laureate, dontcha know?

  10. Christy

    Okay, that’s very scary…but on the upside, it turns out fast food CAN be good for you after all! YES!

  11. Krystal

    OMG!!! I am so glad that you gave in to your fast food craving. Things happen in mysterious ways I tell you!!! Now I know I don’t want a garage for sure!

    Krystals last blog post..Test Results Are In

  12. phhhst

    Scary, scary story with a, thankfully, happy ending. I hope you get more sleep soon.

    phhhsts last blog post..Meme Me Interview

  13. GreenJello

    Lack of sleep screws with your brain mightily!

    I’m glad this story had a happy ending.

    GreenJellos last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  14. Beth

    This is just one of those examples that show how exhausting raising a family can be. I’m glad everyone is okay.

    Beths last blog post..HASAY Guest Post Today

  15. Monica

    Oh my gosh! First of all, thank God everything happened as it did. I think we’ve all had moments of terror where we realized something really scary almost happened. I bet you go through a mental checklist now when you get out of the car. It’s like putting your purse in the back seat with the baby so you never just head off to work or errands and forget that he’s with you. Sounds impossible, but sadly it happens. Thanks for sharing this. Cautionary tales impact people in ways we never know. -Monica

    Monicas last blog post..Touchdown!

  16. Sarah

    I once hit a car in front of me at McDonalds that turned out to be a old neighbor of mine that owed me $100 from an old loan. See fast food is magical…or something like that

    Sarahs last blog post..Help! I Need Someone…

  17. Cameron

    Last night I drove thru McDonald’s and got the kids Happy Meals. Nothing exciting happened at all, but they were happy 😉 I couldn’t eat another burger, one too many this week.

    Camerons last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  18. Laufa

    Woman!! You are such an enabler of the Anti-HASAY and your supposed to be our leader. Excuses, excuses – you just want to eat those fries in your car. I guess I shouldn’t come down too hard on ya, I ate a brownie and a cupcake this week. We are all so weak!!!

    Laufas last blog post..I wish you enough!

  19. Laufa

    PS Glad all was well and no one was hurt. I just read HeatherPride’s whoa!! Forgive me for being so mean.

    Laufas last blog post..I wish you enough!

  20. Heather

    Hmmm…everyones already said what I wanted to say…glad you are alright!!! And I can’t believe that you went months without posting that!!! 🙂

  21. crazylovescompany

    OMG. You are very lucky. You definitely had some good karma coming your way.

    crazylovescompanys last blog post..I don’t have the words.

  22. Shangrila

    Oh, honey! I’m so glad that you’re all okay! (I’ll bet that burger tasted extra delicious seeing as it was seasoned with, “Thank goodness we’re alive!”)

  23. Captain Dumbass

    A prolonged death from trans-fats is much better than a quick death from carbon monoxide.

  24. Julie@Cool Mom Guide

    Couldn’t have said it better than Captain Dumbass.

    Julie@Cool Mom Guides last blog post..Thursday 13-You Know You’re a Mother When…

  25. Lydia @ On The Verge

    I hate those scary days when I forget stuff. I am so glad you got hungry!

    Lydia @ On The Verges last blog post..My 200th Post

  26. Michelle

    On the one hand… wow. That was lucky. And I totally agree.
    On the other hand there is a finger wagging. HASAY!!! Fearless leader! Do not forsake us!

    Michelles last blog post..Yes, That Smell is Coming From Her

  27. Kristy

    oh my goodness…that is scary…thank goodness you saw that before it was too late…WOW!

    Kristys last blog post..I’m in the FAB FIFTEEN!

  28. Sammanthia

    That is HELLA scary! I had no idea that leaving a car running in the garage could kill you. Scratch that- I did, but I thought you had to be in the garage, too.

    Sammanthias last blog post..Free Fallin’

  29. Zip n Tizzy

    The number of times we we’re called by our neighbors to tell us our car doors we’re open when the boys were your kids age leaves me completely aware of how easily you could have done this. So glad everyone’s well.
    And dinner? Forget about it.

  30. Becky

    Scary story! This should be filed under the perils of sleep deprivation, AS WELL AS under the health benefits of fast food!

    Beckys last blog post..Sign(ed), Sealed, Delivered

  31. mrsbear

    Casey, that’s so scary. Shit like that always happens when people are overstressed and overtired. I will never say anything bad about your McDonald’s addiction again. Thank Ronald everyone was okay. Home cooked meals are overrated anyway. 😉

    mrsbears last blog post..I’m 200! (In Posts) 231, In Dog Years.

  32. anymommy

    I am so glad that everything turned out all right! I love the moral of the story too.

    anymommys last blog post..Stop Thief

  33. Leslie

    Holy cow holy cow holy cow holy cow holy cow holy cow holy cow!!! Shit!!!

    Leslies last blog post..Random babblings

  34. Jim

    Wow, scary stuff. Saint Coronary was looking out for you there.

    Jims last blog post..100th post

  35. Toni

    Crap!!! Looks like fast food was definitely your angel that day!!! So glad it worked out that way!!!

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  36. Kirst

    Yikes! I remember that story, really sad! I once locked Meggers in the car at Target scared the shit out of me (thank god it was a cool day and she slept through the whole ordeal). It involved a good samaritan, a police officer, a fire engine, a person mouthing the words to a friend “she locked her kid in the car”, and an old lady who felt the need to hand me a religious book in the middle of it all. Have to look back and see if I blogged about it already? If not thanks for the

    Kirsts last blog post..DJ Kirst lay dem funky rhymes down (fricky, fricky, fr… whateva!)

  37. Katie

    I’m so glad you went back in the garage!! I love the comment section today, it’s hilarious.

    Katies last blog post..So much fun, I broke my brain.

  38. WickedStepMom

    That is scary! I am glad you guys decided to get fast food!

    You need some more sleep!

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..How Fortunate

  39. cape cod Gal

    Yes! Always go with your food urges! You gut knows you better than your head.

    PS – Get a CO2 monitor. Those things work and have a alarm that will wake the dead if they sniff anything.

    cape cod Gals last blog post..I Own You

  40. Stimey

    Dude, I knew fast food wasn’t the evil it’s always made out to be. I’m glad your family didn’t die. I have done many similar things.

    Stimeys last blog post..Marvelous Monday, Terrible Tuesday

  41. cyndi

    Yikes, CM always scares me – you were so very lucky, and I like chalking it up to fast food 😉 Get some sleep, girl! And I’ll definitely babysit so you can see the Eagles – I’m so jealous!

    cyndis last blog post..They came in by twosie, twosies

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