I’ve been really excited about writing this post and collaborating with Joanne at Izzy and Ollie to spread the message about child safety.
I became friends with Jo about 4 years ago when our children started school together and we realised that we lived in the same road. She has an amazing story that I wanted to share with you all as she is truly an inspirational woman.
Jo is an ex police officer and has severe allergies to peanuts, almonds and latex. Now I’m not talking about allergies that might make her a bit sick or itchy, I mean full blown anaphylactic shock and urgent hospital treatment is needed. Whilst allergies to nuts is ever increasing the latex allergy is quite rare, I’ve been shocked at the level of products all around us that contains latex, to give you an example;
- rubber washing up gloves
- latex gloves for food preparation in restaurants
- latex in hospitals
- car tyres
- elastic bands… and the list goes on.
In July 2009 Jo suffered an anaphylactic shock at home whilst she was alone with her 2 young children, Izzy was 2 ½ and Ollie was 1. Jo felt her airway start to close and knew she needed an ambulance straight away. Izzy managed to dial 999 and tell the operator where she lived, saving her mummies life. See below for the 999 call Izzy made
Now Jo isn’t the type of woman to hide herself away and struggle with this, she has started the Izzy and Ollie Child Safety Education Project. Jo felt that it would be wonderful for all children to be educated about emergency situations and the first book Izzy and Ollie Adventure in an Ambulance was born. Simple things like teaching your child to dial 999 and learn their name and address can save a life. A child doesn’t have to be a genius to be able to learn these skills and they can be taught through role play and repetition.
What I like so much about the book is how engaging it is, my boys love reading this over and over again. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is easy for children to follow and understand. By reading this with your children you are going to be teaching them some important skills in a fun way without them even realising they are learning.
Jo has followed this up with her second book in the series Izzy and Ollie Click Click Buckle Up Quick which was released this month. This book teaches children the importance of putting on their seatbelts and keeping them on. I know my youngest thought it was hilarious to try and take his arms out of the five point harness despite it being tightened to within an inch of cutting off his blood supply! This is a great book to read with younger and older children alike to make them realise why it’s so important to keep their seatbelts on.
Both books are available to purchase from the Izzy and Ollie website or from Amazon and they would make a great present and addition to anyone’s little bookcase.
Please help Jo share the message about child safety as teaching our children these basic skills could mean that one day it’s your life they end up saving.
For me this came in handy at the end of November 2015. I was at home alone with Ben who is 7 when I had a funny turn. I was 32 weeks pregnant and haven’t been having the easiest time. Ben stayed calm and was able to stay with me talking to me to make sure I was OK. He then called his daddy and stayed with me until a grown up could arrive at the house to see how bad I was. My dad turned up and they did have to call an ambulance as my heartbeat was irregular. Throughout all of this Ben stayed really calm, he didn’t cry or panic but did an amazing job of looking after me. I’m so proud of him and I think because we’ve read these books and talked about this kind of situation before it really helped us.