Most of the schools in Dubai run school bus services for students. Moms who stay at home or can make time to drop and/or pick up their child (children) use their own cars for what is popularly called here as ‘school runs’. Anyway, buses come in different sizes from minivan types to those big yellow buses like the one in Western movies. All buses have someone to take care of the children, see to it that they behave, fasten their seat belts, etc. Big buses have one or two assistants to cater the needs of the children while small buses only have one.
The bus assistant’s duty is basic and simple: calling the parent or caretaker when the bus is near, pick up bag, assist the child in going down or onto the bus, waving goodbye.
Last Sunday, Pristine’s bus assistant needed to do something more: call an ambulance.
If you are a mom in Dubai or anywhere else reading this, please make sure the emergency number is on your bus assistant’s (or driver’s) speed dial.
We’re using the school bus service to take Pristine to school and back home in the afternoon. On the way home from school last Sunday, as per my telephone conversation with the bus assistant, Pristine suddenly had a seizure. Her whole body jerked, eyes to the ceiling and turning blue. She had febrile convulsion. Over the phone, I heard the sound of the ambulance getting louder, crying and panicking children and the assistant’s trembling voice as she waited for the ambulance to arrive.
It was a seizure triggered by sudden onset of very high fever (she was perfectly well in the morning) but it could have been worse. I am so thankful for the bus assistant, coincidentally named “Ms. Nice” for doing the right thing, not panicking and calling medical help.